Sea Dogs defenseman Thomas Chabot was one of the 30 players named to Canada’s World Junior Hockey Championship selection camp roster today.
Chabot was the only Sea Dog to receive an invite to the camp. He was one of just five QMJHL players named and the only defenseman from the league.
A first-round pick of the Ottawa Senators in this year’s NHL Draft, Chabot is nearly averaging a point-per-game with seven goals and 13 assists in 22 matches. His stock has steadily risen since being a second-round pick of Saint John in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft.
At the World Under-18 Hockey Championship earlier this year, Chabot recorded a solid five points - one goal and four assists - in seven games with Canada.
Other QMJHL players invited to the camp include goaltender Mason McDonald (Charlottetown) and forwards Anthony Beauvillier (Shawinigan), Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton) and Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or). Dubois and Gauthier are both 2016 NHL Draft eligible.
Former Sea Dogs d-man Olivier LeBlanc had been on the team’s radar but did not receive an invite.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the camp will run Dec. 10-13 in Toronto. The Sea Dogs play on Dec. 9, 11 and 12 – all of which are on the road.
The 2016 world juniors take place Dec. 26 – Jan. 5 in Helsinki. Canada kicks things off with a bang by facing the United States in their opening game on Boxing Day.
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