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The picture with Brandon Gormley's right knee injury is swimming into focus.

TSN's Bob McKenzie has reported that the Moncton Wildcats two-way defenceman (pictured) "dislocated his kneecap" last weekend and "won't be available" for Team Canada's final selection camp, which begins Dec. 11 in Toronto.

Canada is relatively deep on the back end, where it can return the Spokane Chiefs' Jared Cowen, Oshawa Generals' Calvin de Haan and Windsor Spitfires' Ryan Ellis, who are each captains of their junior clubs. Throw in, among others, NHL first-round picks such as Simon Després of the QMJHL-leading Saint John Sea Dogs and Erik Gudbranson, who all but made the Florida Panthers as an 18-year-old in September, and there's a pretty decent group shaping up on the blueline. Kelowna Rockets captain Tyson Barrie, a Colorado Avalanche prospect, also pops to mind as a strong possibility for the final squad.

Gormley, as noted earlier, is the second defenceman from the QMJHL who was considered to be in Team Canada's mix to go down with a knee injury. The Gatineau Olympiques' Nicolas Deslauriers, a Los Angeles Kings prospect, is also out with an injury.

Last but not least, so much for the media making an easy connection, since Gormley and Team Canada coach Dave Cameron are both from Prince Edward Island.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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