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11-22-2012, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Reinhart View Post
This may be a stupid question...

Why did Hockey Canada bother to have Wotherspoon in the SS? I mean, he was there for only one game, and I thought he was one of the better defencemen that night. I think he played a very solid game overall.

However, I think there is about a 0% chance he makes the cut. I realize there are a lot of players they wanted to see, but why invite someone who for all intents and purposes, not get an invite to camp? I am a Flames fan, and I do think Wotherspoon has some potential as a future NHL'er, but nobody here has slotted him into any lineups - and I have to agree with that. He isn't at that level.

So why 'waste' a spot for him in the SS? I was personally happy to see him there, and I think it was a great experience for him, but why would Hockey Canada include him in the SS? I can see why they had Drouin - though I don't he will end up making the final squad, he definitely is a player with a possibility.
At what level? He was there first and foremost to play a strong game for the WHL (And he did just that..arguably being the best canadian defender on that particular night).

He is certainly at the level of players such as Corrado and Percy, but does not get the publicity (on this site) due to a variety of reasons. He has previous experience with Canada at the U-17s and has steadily progressed his game since being drafted in the 2nd round of the draft in 2011. He is currently leading the WHL in +/- and has 18 points in 20 games this season. He was invited to the SSS based on merit. He absolutely deserved to be there.

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