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Kaiden Guhle named to Canada’s World Junior camp

The Canadiens first-round pick is one of 15 defenceman invited.

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Montreal Canadiens first-round pick Kaiden Guhle was named to Team Canada’s World Junior camp for the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship to be held in Edmonton starting December 25.

The camp will begin November 16 in Red Deer, Alberta. The camp will be 28 days as most players will not have been playing in their leagues. Only the QMJHL is currently playing games. The camp will have three intrasquad games and six games against a team of U Sports All Stars between November 28 and December 13.

Guhle has some previous experience with Hockey Canada, playing at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup as part of Canada’s U-18 team last year. He had one assist in five games. He also played for Canada at the U-17 level.

With 15 defencemen named to the camp, Guhle will be in tough to make the team. Only two defenders return from last year’s team, Bowen Byram and Jamie Drysdale.

There are six players who do not have rights owned by an NHL team invited to the camp. Three were not drafted, one more is eligible for the 2021 draft. 2022 eligible forward Shane Wright was also among the 46 players invited.