Sabres prospects Mark Pysyk and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc were among 46 players tabbed Thursday for participation in Hockey Canada's U20 Summer Development Camp. The camp marks Canada's starting point for building their entry for the 2010 World Junior Championship. The complete roster can be found here.
Pysyk, the captain of the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings, was the Sabres first pick (23rd overall) of the 2011 draft. Amidst a solid 2010-11 season that saw him prove his two way value, the steady defender made it to the final cuts for the Canadian squad that won silver on HSBC Arena ice. A healthy start this fall could see Pysyk Edmonton native near the head of the pack heading into December's Selection Camp.
Gauthier-Leduc will attend the camp for the second straight season after an excellent end to his 2010-11 campaign. The offensive-minded rearguard finished 2nd in scoring for all QMJHL defenseman with 18 goals and 56 points. The 6'2 righty popped in 20 goals the year before, making him a legitimate offensive threat for Canada coach Don Hay to consider when looking to reclaim gold.
One name that wasn't expected to appear on the list, Victoria's Kevin Sunder, could still use the omission as added fuel when his WHL season begins. With summer campers sometimes sticking with NHL clubs, the talented center could very well get a December look if he gets it going out of the gate. It's a competitive market for sure, but something to keep an eye as play heats up this fall.