The Team Canada World Junior selection camp will be down a body for another few days. Ryan Rishaug of TSN reports that Ridly Greig has not yet joined the group after testing positive for COVID-19 on November 8. Greig, who is asymptomatic, is at home quarantining and will join the team around November 22.
Selected 28th overall in this year’s draft, Greig was the third of a trio of first-round picks the Ottawa Senators had. The Brandon Wheat Kings forward put up 60 points in 56 games this season but brings more than just offensive production to the table. Though he stands just 5’11” and is usually one of the lighter players on the ice, Greig never shies away from contact or post-whistle shenanigans. When executives and coaches talk about being “hard to play against” without being big, that perfectly describes the 18-year-old Grieg.
Rishaug also reports that Quinton Byfield has arrived in Edmonton but is still waiting for his test results before joining the team practices, while Xavier Simoneau is waiting for his results before traveling. The month-long camp got underway with some pretty spectacular moves from Chicago Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach, who figures to play a leading role at the tournament. Greig will have to hope he can make a similar impact upon arrival, as he battles an extremely deep forward group for limited spots.