Short summer successful for Canadian hopefuls

The scrimmages have come to an end at Team Canada’s Development Camp in Ottawa, and the Sabres trio looking to don the maple leaf at the 2009 World Junior Championships was impressive in their initial run in front of Hockey Canada brass. Of the Sabres prospects, Tyler Ennis made the most noise in the camp’s three games. A speedster in the mold of former Sabres captain Daniel Briere, the Medicine Hat scorer dotted the sheet with an assist in the opening Team Red win before posting a goal and an assist in losing effort the following night. For his effort, he was awarded the 1st and 3rd Stars of the Game on Sunday and Monday. The energetic Ennis was creating throughout, and seems like a lock to be a top-6 scorer for Canada this winter. Another impressive string was put forth by 6’7-1/2 defenseman, Tyler Myers. The Alberta native used his smooth, long stride to assert himself as a controlling presence for Team Red. This is a good sign for Kelowna Rockets fans, as it's possible that Myers will be counted on greatly if teammate Luke Schenn sticks with Toronto. Myers went pointless in the series, picking up a cross-checking minor along the way. It’s expected that he gets a longer look when Canada cuts their pool of possible defenders in December. Paul Byron, despite being left off the sheet in all three games, was noticeable because of his blazing speed and ability around the cage. The 2007 6th round pick was one of seven players in camp standing below 5’10 (his listed height seems to vary between 5’8 and 5’10), but entered the corners with a style befitting a much bigger forward. Still, Canada’s pool of forward prospects is rich in talent, making it difficult for the Ottawa native to gain ground as the cut approaches in late fall. With as many as six invitees potentially sticking with their NHL clubs this fall, it would be wise to leave the door open for all camp participants at this point. From The Ottawa Citizen:
Nobody works harder than Byron. No one handles the puck any better. He also has Groulx solidly in his corner. He might look more like a Team Canada stick boy off the ice, but on the ice Byron looks as if he belongs as he continues with an extremely busy summer. After playing in the Memorial Cup, Byron attended the Buffalo Sabres' development camp June 24-July 3. With the development camp completed, the Olympiques' training camp will be up next in mid-August. "I haven't really had a summer at all," said Byron, who, at 144 pounds, is some 71 pounds lighter than the camp heavyweights, defencemen Luke Schenn and Keith Aulie. It's nice to meet all these great players and compete with them," he said. "It's always tough playing against the best. You have to be prepared every day."
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