First step towards Ufa

Tuesday, 04.12.2012 / 2:01 PM canadiens.com

MONTREAL – Three Habs prospects are one step closer to spending Christmas in Russia.

On Monday, Canada and Sweden released the names of the players who have been invited to take part in each country’s respective selection camps for the World Junior Hockey Championships, set to kick off on December 26 in Ulf, Russia.

The Canadiens’ fifth-round pick from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Charles Hudon, is among the 37 hopefuls named to Team Canada’s selection camp which will take place from December 10 to 13, in Calgary. The 18-year-old Chicoutimi Sagueens forward currently leads his team in scoring with 35 points in 25 games.

Not surprisingly, Canadiens second-round selection Sebastian Collberg received an invite to attend Team Sweden’s selection camp. The 18-year-old forward took part in last year’s WJC in Alberta, finishing second in team scoring with seven points in six games, helping end Sweden’s 31-year gold medal drought in the process.

Team USA’s top brass announced Tuesday morning the roster of players invited to attend a selection camp in preparation for the 2013 World Juniors. Unsurprisingly, Alex Galchenyuk has made the shortlist.

After being sidelined for all but two games in 2011-12, the Canadiens’ 2012 first-round draft pick has bounced back impressively, hitting his stride immediately in his most recent campaign. With 20 goals and 49 points already under his belt, Galchenyuk currently leads his team in points and ranks as the OHL’s third leading scorer. Should the 18-year-old forward carve out a place for himself on the national team, it would mark his first time representing his country in the tournament.

Team USA’s final roster is expected to be announced on Dec. 23, three days before the tournament kicks off in Ufa, Russia.

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