I remember seeing a post like this last year so I'm sorry if I've stepped on anyone's toes by putting it out there but I was just curious about everyone's opinion as to which Blues prospect(s) have a decent likely hood of making their country's WJC team.
This came out a couple days ago but FYI that Devante Smith-Pelly and Brett Connolly have been released from their respective NHL teams to play in the WJC for Team Canada. That pretty much takes away 2 forward spots Rattie could've competed for and makes his odds of making the team quite a bit less IMO.
There should be no surprise an 18 yr old Rattie didn't make it. Canada had a LOT of good players to pick from and the 19 yr olds almost always get the edge over the 18 yr olds. Rattie would've made any other WJC team but Canada's team is by far the hardest to make and he had very little chance to make it once NHLers Connolly and Smith-Pelly were added. He'll very likely make it next year though.
Wannstrom's too old now. The Blues will have 3 prospects in the WJC - Schwartz for Canada (likely captain or asst captain), Jaskin for the Czechs and Hakanpaa for the Finns. Games start Dec. 26.
Schwartz was definitely one of the best players for Canada tonight. On every side of the puck. He's got a great game in tight and can protect the puck really well. One thing that stood out more than others was his patience with the puck. He's got all the tools to become a great Blue one day.