McNabb goes back to Kootenay

Brayden McNabb was returned to the Kootenay Ice Tuesday morning as Team Canada trimmed their National Team Selection Camp roster by nine players. The 6'4 defenseman, who spent the majority of the action paired with OHLers Ryan Ellis and Ryan Murphy, registered one assist in two intrasquad games. The Ice captain returns to the WHL with four goals, 23 points, and a +14 rating in 21 games this season.

Canada's boasts a strong fleet of defensemen, and their recent emphasis on mobile puck movers could explain why he was sent home while younger, less experienced blueliners like 2010 first-rounder Mark Pysyk remain with the team.

Marcus Foligno, the star of Sunday night's contest, and Zack Kassian remain among the forward hopefuls.
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Anonymous
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 ×

I'm surprised about McNabb, was it strictly based on the way he performed over the weekend or are there that many d-men ahead of him that are expected to have more of an impact?

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 ×

...I guess never mind because you sort of answered that in your write-up

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Anonymous
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 ×

I think Pysyk and Foligno will make the team...

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Kris Baker
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 ×

Things definitely opened up a little bit for Pystk with McNabb and Blacker gone. You need to be smart and have the feet to stay out of trouble. He's got a good shot based on that.

Foligno needs to run on pure emotion in tonight's scrimmage. Third game in three nights for all these guys. Who wants it most? It'll be hard to keep Marcus down.

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Anonymous
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Thursday, December 16, 2010 ×

Foligno was always a good choice for this team, however both McNabb and Pysyk never really had a chance and should not have made it.

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