The Canadian National Junior team will be keeping an eye on the health of two key players with the World Junior Hockey Championships set to start in Edmonton and Calgary six weeks from now.
Forward Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea Dogs is currently out of their lineup with a broken foot, while defenceman Ryan Murphy is currently out with a concussion.
Murphy of the Kitchener Rangers suffered a concussion on November 4 after being hit from behind by Tom Kuhnacki of the Niagara Ice Dogs. Kuhnacki was later given an amazing 20 game suspension for the incident by the Ontario Hockey League.
Huberdeau, who was drafted third overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft, has 28 points in 13 games for the Sea Dogs this season. Last year, Huberdeau helped the Sea Dogs win the Memorial Cup in Mississauga, Ontario, and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
Murphy, meanwhile, has been constantly praised by Don Cherry on Hockey Night in Canada, is considered one of hockey’s top defensive prospects. In the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, he was drafted 12th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.