While several countries will be waiting until closer to the start of the upcoming World Juniors before trimming down their rosters, Canada won’t be one of them. In a series of tweets, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that the following players have been cut and returned to their respective teams:
D Peter Diliberatore (Vegas, to Quinnipiac, NCAA)
D Thomas Harley (Dallas, to Mississauga, OHL)
W Dylan Holloway (2020 draft eligible, to Wisconsin, NCAA)
G Hunter Jones (Minnesota, to Peterborough, OHL)
C Peyton Krebs (Vegas, to Winnipeg, WHL)
C Alex Newhook (Colorado, to Boston College, NCAA)
C Cole Perfetti (2020 draft eligible, to Saginaw, OHL)
D Braden Schneider (2020 draft eligible, to Brandon, WHL)
C Connor Zary (2020 draft eligible, to Kamloops, WHL)
Meanwhile, even with the addition of Arizona center Barrett Hayton today, there are still a pair of NHL youngsters whose availability for the tournament remains in question. McKenzie reports (video link) that a decision on Blackhawks center Kirby Dach is expected to be made in the next 24-48 hours. As for Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson, a final decision on him won’t come until closer to the December 19th NHL roster freeze. It’s worth noting that Dobson is in the New York lineup tonight and is playing his ninth game of the season. One more NHL game means that he will burn the first year of his entry-level contract.
If either of those players are ultimately loaned, Canada will need to make a corresponding cut to stay in compliance with the 23-player roster limit. They will still have one forward to cut regardless as their roster currently sits at 24.