Tylers in, Byron draws short straw

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 | 12/03/2008

The Sabres pair of 2008 first round picks, Tyler Ennis and Tyler Myers, have been chosen to skate in Team Canada's World Junior selection camp. Starting December 11th, the CHLers will toil in the five-day session in hopes of earning a chance to play for Canada's fifth-straight gold medal on home ice in Ottawa at the end of the month. Gatineau's Paul Byron, an Ottawa native, participated in the Canadian summer evaluation camp, but did not get a second look as only five QMJHLers will contribute to the 38-man camp roster. Prior to the roster release, the slick center had potted points in 12 straight games along with a goal in each ADT Canada-Russia Challenge contest, but it wasn't enough to move Pat Quinn's pencil. It's not a huge surprise, as the coach hinted late last week that the roster would be dominated by WHL talent (18). Byron's coach in Gatineau last season, Benoit Groulx, was originally tabbed to man the Canadian bench, but had to step away in August was he left the Q for Rochester of the AHL. Again, another possible tick working against the 5'10 playmaker. And so the chip on Byron's shoulder will only get bigger as the Q season wears. Getting hot with the QMJHL trade period still a few weeks away, look for the talented stick to get moved to a contender like Shawinigan, giving him the opportunity to dominate offensively while being reunited with ex-Pique linemate, Matthew Pistilli. Here is the complete roster: Goaltenders Player Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2008-09 Team Pro Status Jake Allen 6'1 180 08/07/90 New Maryland, NB Montreal (QMJHL) STL Chet Pickard 6'1 216 11/29/89 Winnipeg, MB Tri-City (WHL) NSH Tyson Sexsmith 5'11 211 03/19/89 Priddis, AB Vancouver (WHL) SJ Dustin Tokarski 5'11 189 09/16/89 Watson, SK Spokane (WHL) TB Defence Player Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2007-08 Team Pro Status Keith Aulie 6'6 215 06/11/89 Rouleau, SK Brandon (WHL) CGY Tyler Cuma 6'1 189 01/19/90 Bowmanville, ON Ottawa (OHL) MIN Ryan Ellis 5'9 176 01/03/91 Freelton, ON Windsor (OHL) 2009 Cody Goloubef 6'1 194 11/30/89 Oakville, ON Wisconsin (WCHA) CBJ Travis Hamonic 6'0 202 08/16/90 St. Malo, MB Moose Jaw (WHL) NYI Thomas Hickey 5'11 194 02/08/89 Calgary, AB Seattle (WHL) LA Kevin Marshall 6'0 203 03/10/89 Boucherville, QC Quebec (QMJHL) PHI Tyler Myers 6'7 213 02/01/90 Calgary, AB Kelowna (WHL) BUF Alex Pietrangelo 6'2 204 01/18/90 King City, ON Niagara (OHL) STL Brendan Smith 6'1 181 02/08/89 Mimico, ON Wisconsin (WCHA) DET Jared Spurgeon 5'8 167 11/29/89 Edmonton, AB Spokane (WHL) NYI P.K. Subban 5'11 206 05/13/89 Rexdale, ON Belleville (OHL) MTL Colten Teubert 6'3 189 03/08/90 White Rock, BC Regina (WHL) LA Patrick Wiercioh 6'4 185 09/12/90 Maple Ridge, BC Denver (WCHA) OTT Forwards Player Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2007-08 Team Pro Status Jamie Arniel 5'10 183 11/16/89 Kingston, ON Sarnia (OHL) BOS Jamie Benn 6'1 202 07/18/89 Victoria, BC Kelowna (WHL) DAL Zach Boychuk 5'10 175 10/04/89 Airdrie, AB Lethbridge (WHL) CAR Matt Calvert 5'10 175 12/24/89 Brandon, MB Brandon (WHL) CBJ Patrice Cormier 6'1 201 06/14/90 Cap-Pele, NB Rimouski (QMJHL) NJ Stefan Della Rovere 5'11 200 02/25/90 Maple, ON Barrie (OHL) WSH Chris DiDomenico 5'11 170 02/20/89 Woodbridge, ON Saint John (QMJHL) TOR Matt Duchene 5'11 201 01/16/91 Haliburton, ON Brampton (OHL) 2009 Jordan Eberle 5'10 181 05/15/90 Calgary, AB Regina (WHL) EDM Tyler Ennis 5'8 165 10/06/89 Edmonton, AB Medicine Hat (WHL) BUF Angelo Esposito 6'1 180 02/20/89 Montreal, QC Montreal (QMJHL) ATL Taylor Hall 6'0 181 11/14/91 Kingston, ON Windsor (OHL) 2010 Cody Hodgson 5'11 189 02/18/90 Markham, ON Brampton (OHL) VAN Nazem Kadri 5'11 174 10/06/90 London, ON London (OHL) 2009 Evander Kane 6'1 180 08/02/91 Vancouver, BC Vancouver (WHL) 2009 Riley Nash 6'0 176 05/09/89 Kamloops, BC Cornell (ECAC) EDM Brayden Schenn 6'0 199 08/22/91 Saskatoon, SK Brandon (WHL) 2009 Brett Sonne 6'0 187 05/16/89 Maple Ridge, BC Calgary (WHL) STL John Tavares 6'0 203 09/20/90 Oakville, ON Oshawa (OHL) 2009 Dana Tyrell 5'9 182 04/23/89 Airdrie, AB Prince George (WHL) TB

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