CALGARY, AB AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — On December 16, Hockey Canada announced its roster for the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships and four Los Angeles Kings’ prospect have made the team, including forwards Brayden Schenn and Brandon Kozun, defensemen Colten Teubert and goaltender Martin Jones.
The four players are the most any National Hockey League club has on the team and only four other NHL clubs have multiple prospects on the team (New York Islanders, Nashville, St. Louis and New Jersey all have two).
The IIHF 2010 World Junior Championships will be held December 26, 2009 – January 5, 2010 in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan.
Schenn, 18, made his Kings and NHL debut on November 26 at Vancouver after signing a One-Day NHL Regular Season Amateur Tryout Agreement.
In 31 games with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League this season, the 6-1, 192-pound center has scored fourteen goals and has contributed 35 assists for 49 points with a +18 plus/minus rating. He leads the Wheat Kings in overall scoring and assists and he ranks sixth overall in WHL scoring. His 35 assists are tied for second in the WHL (behind Kozun).
Schenn, who is the captain of the Wheat Kings, has been a part of two gold medal-winning Canadian teams at recent international events.
The 6-1, 192-pound center, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was selected by the Kings in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Kozun, 19, has played in 33 games this season for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, scoring 19 goals and adding 44 assists for 63 points with a +14 rating. He leads the WHL in overall scoring and in assists and he leads the Hitmen in goals and plus/minus rating.
The captain of the Hitmen, Kozun is a 5-8, 155-pound right wing from the Los Angeles area. He was selected by the Kings in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Teubert, 19, has scored six goals and has contributed eighteen assists for 24 points with 55 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Regina Pats of the WHL this season. He ranks first on the team in goal scoring by defenseman and overall scoring by defensemen.
The 6-4, 194-pound native of White Rock, British Columbia, the captain of the Pats, was one of two Kings’ prospects (Thomas Hickey) to win a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Juniors.
Teubert was selected by the Kings in the first round (13th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Jones, 19, has appeared in twenty games for the Calgary Hitmen this season, earning a 15-5-0 record with a 2.83 goals-against average (ranked eighth in the WHL), a .897 save percentage and one shutout.
The 6-4, 185-pound native of North Vancouver, British Columbia was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on October 2, 2008.
For the full Team Canada roster, click on: Canada Roster – 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.
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