Important weekend ahead for the capital’s prospects Hendrix Lapierre and Vincent Iorio

The first two days of Canada’s National Youth Team Selection Camp already in the books, there are only two days left for players to make an impression. This includes Capital City prospects Hendrix Lapierre and Vincent Iorio, who are currently outside looking in.

Those invited to the selection camp didn’t have much time to make their case. They will play head-to-head matches against college players on Saturday and Sunday, with a Canadian 25-player roster to be announced on Monday.

It looks like 10 players have been designated as “locked” early to form the team and will sit out Saturday’s game. They include Mason McTavish, Ridley Greig, Justin Sourdif, Jake Neighbors, Cole Perfetti, Shane Wright, Maveik Bourque, Dylan Guenther, Kaiden Guhle and Owen Power.

That leaves 25 players vying for the remaining 15 spots on the list. Hendrix Lapierre and Vincent Iorio are two of the 25 players who will need to perform well in this weekend’s games to feature in the team.

This is Lapierre’s second attempt at being on the National Junior team. He was dropped from the team just 12 months ago, but feels he is in a better place, mentally, for this year’s camp.

“I have come in a good state of mind, Lapierre to Ledroit. “This is another good opportunity for me to show what I can do. I was not very happy with my camp last year. I came with the knife between my teeth this year. I certainly learned from my mistakes last year. I will try to play stress-free, in my element. If I do that, it will be fine. I am very pleased to be here. I will do everything to help the team win.”

By his own admission, Lapierre said he was stressed during his first attempt to make the team last December.

“Last year, I knew there were big names here. I’m obsessed with the idea of ​​not making mistakes instead of simply adjusting to the tempo of the game. I really depend on doing my own pace by playing at speed like I did in the NHL. That’s really where I have to focus. I feel very good. I come here with an open mind. I am ready to play all the roles”.

Lapierre had his best moments playing at the center. However, he said that he is willing to play anywhere to make the team.

“I am very comfortable on the wing. I played there a little bit in Washington. I played on the wing most of last season in Chicoutimi. I am currently at the center in Bathurst. I mainly play center in Washington, but really, I feel comfortable in every position. No matter what role I will be given, I will do it with pride. My only goal is to bring home a gold medal for Canada. Whether in the center, on the wing, in attack or in defence, I would be extremely happy to put on the Canada shirt. In the days to come, I will have to prove that I am worthy of it.”

Defender Vincent Iorio will also need to have a good weekend to feature in this year’s XI. This is his first selection camp.

“I am very excited,” Iorio talking about the invitation. “Obviously it will be a challenge but the ultimate goal for [teammate] Ridly (Grieg) and I want to form a team and help the team as much as we can. We’re really looking forward to it and are working hard to be a part of that team. ”

Iorio has an advantage over the other guardians in the camp. Jack Thompson, a Tampa Bay Lightning shot prospect, will not be attending Canada’s selection camp due to COVID protocols and has been dropped from the World Junior team. That leaves only one bright candidate, Iorio, on the blueline.

“It’s a bit of a fantasy,” Iorio said. “You watch juniors around the world growing up as children wearing the same Maple Leaf sweater you wore as a kid. To be able to be a part of a camp like this… I was speechless. ”

After completing the roster on Monday, the team will head to Banff before facing Switzerland in a pre-tournament match on December 19. Canada will also play exhibition games on December 20 against Sweden. and December 22 with Russia ahead of IIHF World Junior 2022 The Championship starts on December 26.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Center in 1974. His passion for Caps has grown over the decades, including his time Time is a season ticket holder, social media, and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University. Old Dominion and was a Systems Engineer during his break, which helped support his Capitals routine. Important weekend ahead for the capital’s prospects Hendrix Lapierre and Vincent Iorio

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