While the outcome for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship wasn’t what they hoped to accomplish, that country did get a preview of some of the players that could represent the country at next year’s tournament.
Five players from Canada’s U18 roster are eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, including goaltenders Evan Cormier and Zach Sawchenko, and forwards Tyler Benson, Brett Howden, and Pierre-Luc Dubois. Sawchenko and Howden both play for the Moose Jaw Warriors, the team that also shares Canada’s U18 head coach, Tim Hunter.
Of the five, the two underagers that had the most impact for Canada at this tournament were Benson and Sawchenko. Benson, who plays for the Vancouver Giants and is considered a potential top-10 selection for next year’s draft, scored a goal and added three assists while posting a +4 rating. Sawchenko appeared in five of Canada’s seven games, where he posted a 3.61 goals-against average and .898 save percentage. Sawchenko was named Canada’s Player of the Game in their 5-2 win over Switzerland in the bronze medal game.
Hockey’s Future spoke with Benson and Sawchenko following the bronze medal win, conversations featured in this HF video.
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