Hockey Canada invited its best and brightest young players to its summer camp in preparation for the World Junior Championships this December. This camp is a good chance for many of these players to make an impression on the coaching staff.
Los Angeles Kings prospect Colten Teubert(notes) left a lasting memory during Saturday's Red/White intrasquad scrimmage when he lined up Jordan Caron, a 2009 first-round draft pick of the Boston Bruins. The hit was pretty devastating:
Teubert said he was just playing like always and that's what got him invited to the camp:
"Playing the body is my game, so that's what I have to do out there," Teubert said. "That's how I have to play or else I probably wouldn't be playing for this team, right?
"It was really unfortunate for him to get hurt like that. I hope he has a swift recovery."
Head scout Al Murray believes that the intensity of these camps is important for game preparation:
"Everything in practices those first two days was geared towards preparing them to actually play in a game, to compete and show the coaches what they could do and who could do things the way the coaches wanted,"
"The risk of injury is higher if they're not prepared to play hard because one guy who is trying to make our team will go hard at you and that's when you get hurt."
Caron suffered a broken clavicle and is expected to be healing for the next 6-8 weeks. Canada's camps are known for their physicality, but was this hit taking things a bit too far?