By: Brayden Micaellef
With final rosters being selected, Knights representatives Connor McMichael and Hunter Skinner have begun their self-isolation periods in Edmonton as they prepare for the commencement of the World Junior Hockey Championship on December 25th.
Coming off an impressive training camp, McMichael will attempt to translate his game from a more of a depth scoring role, to a leading star for this year’s tournament. Over four Team Canada scrimmages, McMichael scored two goals and added two assists to his already impressive performance.
McMichael will be looking to improve upon his stellar 2020 tournament, where he scored five goals and seven points, helping Canada to win the gold medal.
It is likely that we will see an even stronger showing from McMichael this year, as he joins Canada’s star-studded forward group of all NHL first round selections, such as fellow superstars Kirby Dach and Dylan Cozens.
As a returnee to the roster, McMichael looks to bring a leadership presence to the locker room, as he attempts to win back-to-back gold medals. Something that hasn’t been done since Team Canada’s victory back in 2009.
McMichael won’t be the only Knight lacing up his skates this holiday season in Edmonton, as Hunter Skinner became a late addition to USA’s Junior Team.
Skinner caught the U.S. National Junior Teams eye after a successful season with the Knights, where the defenceman scored six goals and 32 points over the shortened 62 game season.
After being a last-minute addition to the team’s training camp that resulted from an unfortunate COVID-19 outbreak rendering three Boston University players unfit to play, Skinner seized his opportunity. The Knights defensemen showed USA coach Scott Sandelin that he has the skills required to add valuable depth to an already talented U.S. roster.
While Skinner is not currently projected to be in USA’s starting six defensemen, he will be anxiously awaiting his chance to represent his home nation in this year’s World Junior Ice Hockey Championship if the opportunity presents itself.
Knights fans can tune in to TSN and watch two of your favorite superstars take the ice starting December 25th, when USA takes on Russia, and December 26th when Canada plays Germany.