We knew there wouldn’t be any Bruins prospects on Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championship later this month in Buffalo.
Now we know there won’t be much to do as far as scouting for the ’11 draft at the WJC either for Boston brass when it comes to Canada’s entry. Obviously, it won’t hurt to take a look at some prospects for potential trade targets and observe more of projected top-three 2011 draft pick Sean Couturier, but other than the Drummondville center there are no other draft-eligible players on the 22-player roster announced by Hockey Canada today.
Potential top-three pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and potential top-10 pick Ryan Murphy were both among the last cuts by Team Canada.
As of now, the only chance Boston would have at Couturier would be with a top-three pick. The Bruins’ own pick should be far from there, but Toronto’s could clock in around there with a little luck. Of course, the Maple Leafs aren’t cooperating with Boston’s plan to pick super high in June in St. Paul, Minnesota, as they’ve moved to 25th overall in the NHL after their win over Edmonton last night.
There’s still plenty of season left for the Leafs to get back on a downward track. And there will be plenty other prospects at the WJC for Boston to take in regardless of where the Bruins’ picks wind up.