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Pu not selected to Canada's preliminary World Junior roster

The Sabres' third round pick in 2016 will not compete in Buffalo later this month

Brayton Wilson
December 06, 2017 - 2:16 pm

Team Canada will be looking to re-claim the gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship after losing to the United States on home soil in last year's tournament.

On Wednesday, Canada announced their preliminary roster of 32 players that will compete for the chance to play on Canada's 23-man roster starting December 26th in Buffalo.

Cliff Pu was one Buffalo Sabres prospect who had thought to have been a player to get a chance to compete for Canada's roster in Buffalo, but the 19-year old was not selected to the preliminary roster.

Buffalo's third round pick (69th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft got off to a slow start with the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League after playing for Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan. Pu has rebounded as of late, and has put up 13 goals and 34 points in 26 games this season.

Pu was looking to make his first ever World Junior roster for the Canadians.

Last year, Canada settled for the silver medal after losing to the United States, 5-4 in a shootout in Montreal, Quebec. This year's preliminary roster sees six players from last year's roster returning, looking to get back to the gold medal game.

Here is the complete 32-man preliminary roster for Canada:


Goalies:

Michael DiPietro (Vancouver Canucks)

Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers)*

Samuel Harvey

Colton Point (Dallas Stars)


Defense:

Jake Bean (Carolina Hurricanes)*

Dennis Cholowski (Detroit Red Wings)

Kale Clague (Los Angeles Kings)*

Dante Fabbro (Nashville Predators)*

Mario Ferraro (San Jose Sharks)

Cal Foote (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Josh Mahura (Anaheim Ducks)

Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche)

Logan Stanley (Winnipeg Jets)

Conor Timmins (Colorado Avalanche)


Forwards:

Jonathan Ang (Florida Panthers)

Drake Batherson (Ottawa Senators)

Maxime Comtois (Anaheim Ducks)

Dillon Dube (Calgary Flames)*

Alex Formenton (Ottawa Senators)

Jonah Gadjovich (Vancouver Canucks)

Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights)

Brett Howden (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Tanner Kaspick (St. Louis Blues)

Boris Katchouk (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Jordan Kyrou (St. Louis Blues)

Kole Lind (Vancouver Canucks)

Michael McLeod (New Jersey Devils)*

Taylor Raddysh (Tampa Bay Lightning)*

Sam Steel (Anaheim Ducks)

Tyler Steenbergen (Arizona Coyotes)

Nick Suzuki (Vegas Golden Knights)

Robert Thomas (St. Louis Blues)


* - Played on 2017 Canada team

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