Hockey Canada’s World Junior Summer Showcase will be filled with members of the Halifax Mooseheads when the camp begins later next month. Five members from the Mooseheads’ Memorial Cup finalist roster have been invited to participate in the annual evaluation camp which runs July 28 – August 4th in Plymouth, Michigan.
Goalie Alex Gravel will join forwards Raphael Lavoie, Benoit-Olivier Groulx and defencemen Justin Barron and Jared McIsaac at the week-long camp. The Summer Showcase includes international competitions between Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States in preparation for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.
McIsaac has recently undergone shoulder surgery which will keep him sidelined for 4-6 months however Hockey Canada has hopes that he will be back in action in time for the tournament which kicks off on Boxing Day in the Czech Republic. The Red Wings prospect would be one of only three potential returning defencemen for Canada. McIsaac was second among QMJHL defencemen last season with 62 points and is only nine points shy of tying Konrad Abeltshauser’s franchise record for career points by a defenceman with 141.
Gravel had a breakout season between the pipes for Halhifax in 2018-19 and was one of 10 goalies to earn an invitation to Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp earlier this month. The Asbestos, QC native and Chicago Blackhawks prospect posted 33 wins to go along with a 2.49 goals against average and a .913 save percentage, all career highs. Through three seasons with the Mooseheads he sits second all-time in franchise history with 70 regular season victories.
Lavoie is on the verge of becoming the seventh Mooseheads player in seven years to be selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft when the annual session takes place this Friday night in Vancouver. Lavoie is the 20th ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting and heightened his profile with an incredible playoff run that included a franchise record 20 goals in helping the Mooseheads reach the President Cup Finals. He also scored twice during the Memorial Cup. Lavoie finished the regular season with a career best 32 goals and 41 assists.
Groulx has had plenty of Hockey Canada experience in the past which includes a gold medal win over the host Czech Republic at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. The former 1st overall pick in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft has played his entire junior career with the Mooseheads and set career highs in 2018-19 with 80 points on 31 goals and 49 assists. Groulx was a second round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2018 and is tied for 18th in franchise history with 166 points in 195 regular season games.
AT 17-years-old, Justin Barron will be one of the youngest players to participate in the Summer Showcase but he has certainly shown he can hold his own against older players throughout his two seasons with the Mooseheads. The 2020 NHL Entry Draft eligible defenceman is known for his elite skating ability and has scored 62 points in 119 career games.
See the full roster invitations here.