MacKinnon Named to Subway Super Series Roster

Could a strong showing in the Subway Super Series lead to Nathan MacKinnon playing for Team Canada at the WJHC?

The Victoriaville Tigres and the Quebec Remparts organizations, in collaboration with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League, held simultaneous press conferences Monday to announce the roster of Team QMJHL which will compete against Team Russia in the 2011 Subway Super Series.

One name on the list was Halifax Mooseheads rookie Nathan MacKinnon. This will be one of the first opportunities for a National audience to get a look at the 2013 NHL draft prospect that has been taking the junior hockey world by storm.

MacKinnon has been on the radar of many in the hockey world for some time now, but began gaining more interest following a strong showing at last year’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and leading up to the QMJHL draft, which he was the undisputed first overall pick.

Just this past weekend MacKinnon went head-to-head with another topic prospect he is likely to face in the Subway Super Series, Mikhail Grigorenko. In leading the Mooseheads to a 4-3 overtime victory over Grigorenko’s Rempart, MacKinnon factored into every goal (1G, 3A). The four point performance put him in a tie with the Russian prospect for the rookie scoring lead in the Q, and top ten overall.

One has to wonder if his performance so far will garner consideration for Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Tournament. It is rare for 16-year-olds to make Team Canada, but not unprecedented. As one of the top performers in the in the Q, we must at least ask the question.

Among the other players selected for the Quebec leg of the Super Series are four first round picks from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft: Jonathan Huberdeau (SNB), Nathan Beaulieu (SNB), Phillip Danault (VIC) and Zack Phillips (SNB) as well as second and fourth round picks Xavier Ouellet (BLB) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (GAT). It is also worth noting that Drummondville Voltigeurs’ centre Sean Couturier, will also be included in the roster, if he is released by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Here is the QMJHL roster for the 2011 Subway Super Series.

GOALTENDERS
Maxime Lagacé (PEI)
Louis Domingue (QUE)

DEFENSEMENBrandon Gormley (MON)
Morgan Ellis (CAP)
Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc (RIM)
Xavier Ouellet (BLB)
Pierre Durepos (SNB)
Nathan Beaulieu (SNB)
Martin Lefebvre (QUE)
Samuel Carrier (BAC)

FORWARDS
Zack Phillips (SNB)
Carl Gélinas (BAC)
Charles Hudon (CHI)
Jonathan Huberdeau (SNB)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (GAT)
Yanick Dubé (VIC)
Philippe Halley (VIC)
Phillip Danault (VIC)
Nathan MacKinnon(HAL)
Raphaël Bussières (BAC)
Zach O’Brien (BAT)
Matthew Bissonnette (BAT)
Michaël Bournival (SHA)

The Tigres will host the first game of the series on Monday, November 7th at the Colisée Desjardins, while the Remparts will host game two at the Colisée Pepsi on Wednesday, November 9th.

Team Russia will then head west to play two games versus the OHL and WHL All-Stars. All six contests will be televised nationwide on Rogers Sportsnet, while TVA Sports will broadcast the two contests in QMJHL territory.

Each of the three CHL member leagues assembled a selection committee, which worked closely with Hockey Canada’s Chief Scout, Kevin Prendergast, to select the players for this year’s series. The QMJHL selection committee included QMJHL’s Executive vice-president, Marcel Patenaude, the Director of Hockey Operations, Pierre Leduc and the general managers of the Quebec Remparts, Patrick Roy, the Victoriaville Tigres, Jérôme Mésonéro and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Sylvain Couturier. A total of twenty-three players will participate in the event this year. The rosters for each game will be announced at a later date.

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