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Thursday, June 8, 2023

Brandt Clarke is unlikely to be chosen for Canada’s World Junior team

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Key Takeaways:

  • According to reports, Brandt Clarke of the Los Angeles Kings will not be on Canada’s World Junior Championship camp roster when Hockey Canada releases it on Wednesday.

Brandt Clarke, a Los Angeles Kings prospect, will not be on Canada’s World Junior Championship camp roster when Hockey Canada releases it on Wednesday, according to Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek.

According to Scott Wheeler of The Athletic, the decision to leave him off the roster was not due to COVID-19 or illness.

Clarke leads the OHL in scoring by a defenseman with 23 points in 18 games, so the decision was expected. Clarke was named to Canada’s World Junior summer showcase roster earlier this summer and appeared to be a fix to make the final roster alongside fellow defenders Kaiden Guhle and Owen Power.

Clarke had seven points in as many games for Canada at the recent U-18 World Championship, earning him a flaw on the tournament all-star team en route to a gold medal. Clarke led the OHL in rookie assists with 32 two years ago before playing in the top Slovak men’s league last year.

Clarke was outlined eighth overall by the Kings last summer and signed an entry-level contract with the team in August.

The Kings couldn’t have asked for a better start to Brandt Clarke’s OHL season when they picked him with the 8th overall pick in the 2021 NHL draught.

Clarke started his season with the Barrie Colts late due to a non-Covid illness, but that did not stop the Ottawa native from having a fantastic 2021-22 season. Clarke has the most assists (18) and points (18) among OHL defensemen in 17 games (23).

Clarke recently appeared on the Kings’ weekly web series Tradin’ Jabs with Jack Jablonski to discuss his recent captaincy, how he got into hockey, and much more!

Source: Thehockeynews,

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