The only problem with that idea is that half of those 18 year olds will be in the NHL next year and unavailable for the tournament. Team Canada should be selecting the best players period instead of using the 'favourite players' theory or 'big players' theory or 'fast players' theory.
and the tourney is really a 19 year old one... If you take a team of 18 year olds than you are missing out on some highly skilled mature 19 year olds ... and its hard to believe that is the best team you can field by ignoring the older 19 year olds..
His birthday is in Jan, and I think once he turns 20 the Leafs could sign him and move him to St. Johns, Shedden was very impressed by him at training camp and if they can do that I wouldn't be susprised if they do.
As for his draft position, remember he was in the 2002 draft as well, but he had a terrible year and went undrafted, I would guess a lot of teams just stopped looking at that point, assuming he would never break out. Along with his size and disapointed playoff preformance last year a lot of teams just ignored him, hopefully he'll be a good steal for the Leafs.
Hey not just size....which I think is bunk..
Williams is 5'11" 185...Philly first round pick Mike Richards is 5'11" 175 lbs..
Williams stats are better than Richards and skating speed is also the knock against Richards... So why is one guy drafted 1st round and the other 7th round??