On Thursday, Hockey Canada announced a group of 46 players that will compete for a spot on the country’s World Junior Championship team, and three Rangers made the list.
Goaltender Dylan Garland and defensemen Matthew Robertson and Braden Schneider will be part of the Selection Camp that runs from mid-November to mid-December, with the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship beginning on Christmas Day.
Schneider was drafted by the Rangers 19th overall in this past draft, as the club moved up three spots in the first round to grab him. Garland, meanwhile, was selected in the fourth round with the 103rd overall pick.
Robertson was the Rangers’ 49th overall pick in 2019.
Lafreniere not being among the invite list could mean that the top pick in the 2020 draft could be focused purely on preparing to play with the Rangers next season, though Steven Ellis of The Hockey News reports that the Rangers are “open-minded about Lafreniere playing for Canada but Hockey Canada will circle back in 10 days” regarding the 19-year-old.