Buffalo Sabres prospect Cliff Pu did not make the list of 32 players invited to Team Canada's selection camp for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Men's Championship.
Pu participated with Canada in the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Mich. He got off to a slow start with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League this season, but found his offensive touch in November. Still, it wasn't enough to crack a deep player pool for the Canadians.
He's not alone as 14 players who participated in the summer camp did not make the cut for selection camp.
Seven players return from last year’s team, which lost to the U.S. in the gold medal game in a shootout, including Flyers goaltending prospect Carter Hart (Everett, WHL), Los Angeles Kings blueline prospect Kale Clague (Prince George, WHL), along with forwards Michael McLeod (Mississauga, OHL) of the New Jersey Devils and Tampa Bay's Taylor Raddysh (Erie, OHL).
Also returning are Calgary Flames prospect Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets, WHL), Carolina prospect Jake Bean (Calgary, WHL) and Nashville blueline prospect Dante Fabbro (Boston University).
Key roster spots went to Jordan Kyrou, the leading scorer in the OHL, Tyler Steenbergen, the leading scorer in the WHL, and Memorial Cup-winning goaltender Michael DiPietro.
Team Canada opens its selection camp Tuesday in St. Catharines, Ont. The camp includes an exhibition game against Denmark on Dec. 15 before the final roster is announced.
Canada opens the tournament, being held in KeyBank Center and HarborCenter in Buffalo, on Dec. 26 against Finland.