Thomas Chabot has been named to Canada’s roster for the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championship.
Chabot was one of the seven defensemen named to the team today as the final four cuts were made.
Other QMJHL players named to the team were forwards Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or) and Anthony Beauvilllier (Shawinigan) along with goaltenders Mason McDonald (Charlottetown) and Samuel Montembeault (Blainville-Boisbriand).
Chabot, a first-round pick of the Ottawa Senators in this year’s NHL Draft, has been solid in Team Canada’s pre-tournament games. TSN’s Bob McKenzie indicated yesterday that he was one of the favourites to make Canada’s defensive unit.
The 18-year-old has seven goals and 13 assists in 22 games with Saint John this season.
Looking back on the past couple seasons, Chabot has been on quite a rise. He has gone from a second-round pick in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft and an under-the-radar NHL prospect a year ago to a first-round NHL pick and, now, part of Canada’s world junior team.
Other Sea Dogs that have been on Canada's world junior team in the past are Chris DiDomenico (2009), Simon Despres (2011), Nathan Beaulieu (2012) and Jonathan Huberdeau (2012 and 2013).
Canada defeated Jakub Zboril and the Czech Republic 1-0 in a pre-tournament game this morning in Finland. They play Sweden in an exhibition game on Wednesday and begin the tournament on Boxing Day against the United States.