Samuel Poulin ignored by Hockey Canada
Even though he was not on the preliminary list of Junior Team Canada, Samuel Poulin still believed it. Knowing a start early in the season in the QMJHL, the Phoenix captain of Sherbrooke hoped to get an invitation for the camp for the World Junior Hockey Championship. But Samuel Poulin has been ignored by Hockey Canada leaders and intends to use it as motivation.
The first Quebec player drafted during the last NHL selection session is not surprised to see the other QMJHL hockey players being invited, such as Alexis Lafrenière, Jakob Pelletier, Dawson Mercer and Raphael Lavoie. But until recently, he dared to believe that he also had his place in this lot of players.
“They had very good games in the Canada / Russia series, which serves as an evaluation for Hockey Canada. Talking to some of them a few days ago, I knew they had received a call from Hockey Canada, unlike me, so I quickly realized that I was not going to be invited. But fortunately, I will have the chance to participate next year at the camp at the age of 19 and I will do everything to achieve this, “said the first-round pick of Pittsburgh Penguins in 2019.
His coach Stéphane Julien was quickly reassuring.
“It will not change anything in his career,” said the Phoenix driver. I’m surprised not to see Samuel Poulin on the guest list even though he’s only 18 years old. In fact, I believe that Hockey Canada’s leaders will not hesitate for a second to invite him next year. Many players had an excellent world championship at age 19 after being ignored at age 18 and many have also had a great career in the NHL despite everything. ”
Although he has been cleared of the score sheet in his last six games, Poulin currently ranks 14th among the QMJHL’s top scorers with 37 points in 25 games.
“Sometimes Hockey Canada has a different way of seeing things than NHL teams,” says Stéphane Julien. Do not mix things up. Maybe Hockey Canada sees Samuel as an offensive top 6 player, but he does not see him this year in this top 6. Or maybe he sees him as a support player and they have already their candidates for the third or fourth line. I know that players such as Alexis Lafrenière, Raphaël Lavoie and Jakob Pelletier have had success in the past in the organization of Hockey Canada, the under-18 tournament, among others. It can play that too in the end. ”
The exclusion of the captain of the best team in Canada disappoints Stéphane Julien, but he recalls that Samuel Poulin will have the luxury of resting for almost two weeks:
“It also proves that our players are sometimes underestimated by not getting all the honors they deserve, but I do not hate to see us in this role. ”
“Meanwhile, I’m going to focus on winning the President’s Cup,” says Poulin.
Note that two Phoenix players will lead the selection camps in preparation for the World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic. Taro Jentzsch will join the German squad on Sunday and Samuel Hlavaj will leave next week, Wednesday, to join the Slovakian club.
Lafrenière and McIssac are invited to the selection camp for the World Juniors
CALGARY – Seven players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, including veteran Alexis Lafrenière, have received an invitation to compete in the Canadian team’s selection camp for the World Junior Hockey Championship.
The Rimouski Océanic striker, who dominates the QMJHL with 59 points, will be eager to take his revenge as the team was unable to defend his title and even finished sixth in the tournament played in Victoria and Vancouver. last January.
Halifax Mooseheads defenseman Jared McIsaac is also one of three returning players with Ty Smith Smith of the Spokane Chiefs of the Western League. McIsaac had shoulder surgery during the summer and played one game with the Mooseheads.
Attackers Benoît-Olivier Groulx and Raphaël Lavoie, also of the Mooseheads, Dawson Mercer, Voltigeurs of Drummondville, Jakob Pelletier of the Moncton Wildcats and Wildcats goaltender Olivier Rodrigue are the other members of the Courteau circuit who have been invited.
The selection will include four goaltenders, 10 defensemen and 17 forwards for this camp to be held in Oakville, Ontario from December 9-12.
The World Hockey Championship will be held in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic, from December 26th to January 5th. The Canadian Press