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Canada has not won a gold medal at the World Junior Championship for the past five years, not since 2009 in Ottawa when Pat Quinn was behind the bench. Canada has not won a WJC medal of any colour in the last two years (which is unprecedented since launching the program of excellence in 1982), losing to Russia in consecutive bronze-medal games in 2013 and 2014. Can you say drought? Angst? Suffice to say Hockey Canada will no doubt endure more than the normal level of pre-event second guessing – which even in successful times can be off-the-charts crazy – as it announced today at 11 a.m. ET the 29 players invited to Team Canadas final evaluation camp that starts Dec. 11 in Toronto. With the tournament being hosted in Canada – Toronto and Montreal will share it, opening in both cities Dec. 26 and finishing Jan. 5 with the gold-medal game in Toronto – therell be even more intense scrutiny of this years team. Todays list of invitees does not includes the seven Canadians currently in the NHL and still WJC-eligible, some of whom, if made available, could tremendously boost the outlook for Team Canada. Colorados Nathan MacKinnon, NHL rookie of the year last season, is, of course, not even a consideration. Neither, really, are Florida defenceman Aaron Ekblad, who has played too well and too much in his rookie pro season for the Panthers to consider parting with him, and Calgary forward Sam Bennett, who is technically still an NHLer even though he is on long-term rehab from pre-season shoulder surgery. That leaves Tampa left winger Jonathan Drouin, Vancouver centre Bo Horvat, Ottawa centre Curtis Lazar (who for purposes of Team Canada is more a right winger than a centre) and New York Ranger right winger Anthony Duclair as potential considerations who could be added before the NHL pre-Christmas roster freeze that goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 19. But that is a story for another day, quite likely Dec. 19. Todays story is who has been invited, or not, to try out for Team Canada, which this year is being coached by Gatineau Olympiques head coach Benoit Groulx, with Guelph Storm head coach Scott Walker and Victoria Royal head coach Dave Lowry as his assistants. This years Team Canada is likely to be an older group. Twenty of the 30 players invited are 1995-born, in their final year of junior eligibility. The most noteworthy exception, of course, is 1997-born and 2015 draft eligible phenom Connor McDavid, whos currently sidelined with a broken hand (almost three weeks into an anticipated five-to-six week healing period) but still projected to be ready for the WJC. McDavid is one of only two 2015 draft eligibles – Kingstons Lawson Crouse is the other – going to the camp. Hockey Canada has invited two goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 17 forwards to the final evaluation camp. The final 22-man roster of two goalies, (likely) seven defencemen and 13 forwards does not need to be submitted until Christmas Day. Even then, if a country wanted to leave vacancies and add players as the tournament progressed, it can do so. Heres a look, position-by-position, at the players invited to the final evaluation camp and the battle for spots on Canadas 2015 national junior team: GOAL: As was the case a year ago, Hockey Canada has decided to take only two goaltenders to the final camp. So, ladies and gentlemen, (barring injury), your Team Canada netminders for 2015 are: Montreal Canadien prospect Zach Fucale of the Halifax Mooseheads and Winnipeg Jet prospect Eric Comrie of the Tri City Americans. Fucale is one of seven returnees invited today. By inviting only two goalies and effectively awarding the netminding positions to Fucale and Comrie, Hockey Canada is choosing comfort over competition at that position. Because Canada finished out of the medals last season, critics said the lack of competition in goal was a definite minus. But Canada also finished out of the medals two years ago and had a competitive situation in net. So which is best? Theres no question, though, that over this five-year gold-medal drought, goaltending has been a significant area of concern for Team Canada at the WJC and, internationally speaking overall, an area Hockey Canada knows much work is required on the development front. Fucale has struggled at times this season for a rebuilding Halifax team. His goals-against average of 3.35 is 13th in the Quebec League and his save percentage of .886 is 14th, although scouting reports suggest hes been playing better of late. He likely clinched one of the two goalie berths with a tremendous performance for the QMJHL in a Subway Super Series game against the Russians earlier this month. Fucale and Comrie were Canadas goaltending tandem at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka U-18 tourney, with Fucale playing in all but one game en route to a gold medal. Canada can name a third goalie as an emergency back-up but wont do so until closer to Christmas Day. The other goaltenders who were in the running to unseat Fucale or Comrie for an invite were: Pittsburgh Penguin prospect Tristan Jarry of the Edmonton Oil Kings; 2015 draft eligible Mackenzie Blackwood (a late 1996 born) of the Barrie Colts; and, Dallas prospect Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic. Blackwood was the only one of the five goalies listed above who wasnt part of Hockey Canadas summer development camp. DEFENCE: Two returnees – Winnipeg 2013 first-rounder Josh Morrissey of the Prince Albert Raiders and Colorado prospect Chris Bigras of the Owen Sound Attack – are amongst the 11 blueliners invited. Bigras, however, is not considered a lock to make the team. He didnt play well at the WJC last year and didnt perform nearly as well at Colorados NHL training camp this year as he did a year ago. He has played well in Owen Sound this season but hell have to battle to win back his spot. This group will really miss NHLer Aaron Ekblad, not only because hes a tremendous two-way threat, but hes also a right-hand shot who plays the right side, something that is decidedly absent this year. Morrissey, who can quarterback a power play, will no doubt nail down the top spot on the left side of the defensive depth chart. Washington prospect Madison Bowey of the Kelowna Rockets is the only true right-shot, right defenceman going to camp, so Morrissey-Bowey could emerge as the top pairing. Based on how well theyve played since being returned from the NHL, as well as strong efforts in the Subway Super Series games against the Russians, Edmonton prospect Darnell Nurse of the Soo Greyhounds and Anaheim prospect Shea Theodore of the Seattle Thunderbirds would appear to be top contenders to get potential top-four roles on the team. Both are left-shot defencemen but Theodore can, and likely will (assuming he makes it) play the right side. Groulx and his staff arent about to guarantee anyone a spot on the team without earning it at the final camp, but the reality is these four 1995-born defencemen are likely in the position of having to play their way off the team as opposed to playing their way on. Beyond that, though, the competition is wide open and much like putting together a jigsaw puzzle with the right pieces to fill specific power play/penalty kill/offence/defence needs. Finding the right mix of players will be an important consideration. Based on his play at the summer evaluation camp, as well as his size and mobility, 1996-born Haydn Fleury, the Carolina prospect who went seventh overall in 2014, would seem a natural fit in Team Canadas top six. But he hasnt played particularly well for Red Deer in the WHL this season, so hes going to need a strong camp. Then theres 6-foot-7 Sam Morin, the Philadelphia first-rounder from Rimouski. Hes missed most of this season with a broken jaw and only came back Nov. 22 but he has the size and talent to be a factor – if hes on top of his game. Fleury and Morin are both left-shot, left defencemen. Other left D competing for spots are Bigras, whose forte is a composed and solid two-way game; Columbus prospect Dillon Heatherington, a steady stay-at-home defender for Swift Current; and, Philadelphia prospect Travis Sanheim, the big, rangy and mobile Calgary Hitmen blueliner. Of that entire group on the left side, Fleury and Sanheim are the only 1996 borns. Sanheims game can be a little raw compared to the older 1995 borns but he has a dynamic, offensive element many of them do not. On the right side, beyond Bowey and Theodore, there is only one other challenger and he is intriguing on so many levels. Victorias Joe Hicketts is the only defenceman invited to this camp who wasnt invited to the summer camp. At 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, hes not blessed with extraordinary size or speed, and the 1996-born blueliner wasnt drafted by an NHL team last summer. But after attending Detroits summer prospect camp, and then getting invited to the Wings rookie tournament team in Traverse City, the undrafted free agent sufficiently impressed the Wings to get an NHL contract. Hes been an offensive dynamo in the WHL this season. With seven goals and 36 points in 28 games, he leads all WHL defencemen in scoring, but hes fifth amongst all players in the WHL. It doesnt hurt that Lowry, who will handle the defencemen for Groulx, is Hicketts head coach in Victoria. For a defenceman of that stature in the WJC, Hicketts doesnt have the same dynamic qualities to his game as, say, Ryan Ellis in 2009 and 2010, but he has a scrappy get-things-done mentality and puts up points. CENTRE: If the Vancouver Canucks loan Bo Horvat to Team Canada, the depth chart in the middle of the ice becomes quite easy to fill out: Connor McDavid, Sam Reinhart, Horvat and Nic Petan. That foursome doesnt even include returnee centre Frederik Gauthier, the Toronto first-rounder playing in Rimouski. Gauthier isnt guaranteed a place on the team, but the betting is his exemplary work as a penalty killer and size/strength could put him in the group of 13 forwards. If Horvat isnt loaned, Gauthier could be that fourth-line centre, unless Team Canada is looking for a more dynamic offensive presence in that slot. McDavid, Reinhart and Petan are all returnees from last years team, though McDavid and Reinhart played on the wing in 2014. McDavid is the undisputed No. 1 centre this year. Reinhart, the Buffalo prospect of the Kootenay Ice, is (for now anyway) viewed by Team Canada in his natural centre position this year. Petan, the Winnipeg prospect who plays for the Portland Winterhawks, will also be a key offensive contributor. With four returnees (McDavid, Reinhart, Petan and Gauthier) at centre – five if you count Horvat – the other pivots invited are obviously up against it. Not surprisingly, then, each of the four remaining centres invited to the camp are versatile players who can also play on the wing and, quite likely, will have to if theyre going to make the team. Jason Dickinson (Dallas/Guelph) is a heady player, highly adaptable and can play all three forward positions. Nick Paul (Ottawa/North Bay) can play left wing or centre and offers size, strength and a power game. Brayden Point (Tampa/Moose Jaw) is smaller in physical stature but stood out for the WHL in the Subway Super Series and can play centre or right wing. And then theres Rourke Chartier of the Kelowna Rockets. Of all the invitees, this is one that is most surprising. Chartier, a 1996-born, 5-11, 180-pound centre who can play wing, was taken 149th overall by San Jose in the 2014 NHL draft. Hes one of only three forwards invited to the final camp who werent at the summer evaluation camp. But hes also leading the WHL in scoring, with 29 goals and 48 points in 27 games. Given the depth at centre and the pedigree of those hell still have to compete against on the wing, Chartier may be a darkhorse but no one has held a hotter hand of late, scoring 18 goals in 14 games for the Rockets in November. LEFT WING: Tampa releasing Drouin may be the longest shot of the four unanswered NHL questions up front, but even if Team Canada doesnt get him, it feels reasonably confident with the talent and depth on the left side. With or without Drouin, Phoenix first rounder (2013) Max Domi of the London Knights would appear to be a lock. He was the poster boy as the biggest omission to last years final evaluation camp, but therell be no denying him this year. St. Louis first-rounder Rob Fabbri of the Guelph Storm is 1996-born but he almost made the Blues out of training camp and would appear a leading contender for a spot on the left side. Fabbri is a natural centre with the Storm, but viewed as a winger for Team Canada. He could shift to the right side, if necessary, but goes into camp as a left winger. Big Nick Ritchie, the Anaheim top 10 pick from 2014 who plays for the Peterborough Petes, is a late 1995 born and, if he shows hes on his game (size, strength, physical presence and skill), is another contender for a spot. Worth noting, the line of (left to right) Fabbri, McDavid and Ritchie (playing his off wing) was outstanding at the summer evaluation camp, but, for now anyway, Ritchie is being looked at on the left side more than the right. Of course, that could easily change. Fabbri and Ritchie are going to be pushed by Calgary Flames 2013 first-rounder Morgan Klimchuk of the Regina Pats and New York Islander 2014 5th overall pick Michael Dal Colle of the Oshawa Generals, who has 18 goals in 20 OHL games this season. Also worth noting: when McDavid tore up the 2013 World Under-18 Championship as a double underager, Klimchuk was on his left wing and Sam Reinhart was on his right side. The left-side battle is rounded out by two players who have impressed even though neither was invited to the national junior team summer camp: Dallas prospect (40th overall in 2013) Remi Elie of the Belleville Bulls (11 goals and 29 points in 27 games) and 2015 potential top five prospect Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs, who has 12 goals in 24 games and plays a complete power game. RIGHT WING: If Curtis Lazar (Ottawa) and Anthony Duclair (New York Rangers) dont arrive from the NHL, the right side is more wide open than any position on the team. The only two natural right wingers invited are 1996-born Jake Virtanen, Vancouvers sixth overall pick in 2014 who plays for the Calgary Hitmen, and 1995-born Nick Baptiste, taken 69th overall in 2013 by Buffalo and recently traded from the Sudbury Wolves to the Erie Otters. Whether Lazar and/or Duclair are assigned to Team Canada, the staff would appear to believe there are enough other converted right wing options, including Fabbri, Ritchie, Dickinson, Point, Chartier and, if necessary, Reinhart to push Virtanen and Baptise. Noticeably absent from the right side is New York Islander 2104 first-round Josh Ho-Sang, recently traded from Windsor to Niagara in the OHL. Ho-Sang had a strong outing in the one Subway Super Series game he played (one goal and three points) and has four goals and 25 points in 17 OHL games this season. So Ho-Sang, a 1996 born, becomes to the 2015 WJC what Domi, a 1995 born, was one year ago. That is, a highly skilled but high-risk offensive talent whos going to be talked about greatly, especially if Canadas goal-medal drought extends to six years or notably if its medal-less drought were to go to three years. 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This outing might mean even more to Fiers, whose 2013 season ended in June in the minors when a line drive broke his right forearm. "Its unbelievable," Fiers said about coming off the mound in the eighth to rousing applause. "Its what you dream of as a kid, especially those situations -- close game, eighth inning trying to get to the best closer in the league." Francisco Rodriguez provided some ninth-inning drama after allowing the tying run to come to the plate with two outs, but he got Matt Kemp to ground out for his 35th save. The Dodgers mustered only a solo homer by Adrian Gonzalez, his 17th of the season, into the second deck in right field. "He had a rough year last year," manager Ron Roeneicke said about Fiers. "Its always nice when a guy goes through quite a bit of adversity but bounces back, gets up here and has a game like that." Fiers outdueled former Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke (12-8), who gave up Gomezs homer off the left-field foul pole that made it 3-1 leading off the sixth. The right-handed Fiers caught the Dodgers chasing 90-mph fastballs high and away early in the game for strikeouts. Besides Gonzalezs homer in the fourth, the only other hits allowed by Fiers were singles by Dee Gordon and Kemp. In his previous start for Milwaukee, Fiers gave up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings on June 2, 2013, against the Phillies. He broke his arm nearly two weeks later in Triple-A. Fiers made 22 starts in the maajors in 2012, including a victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles in winning his first big league start.dddddddddddd After a tough 2013, Fiers was 8-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 17 starts in Nashville, and made four relief appearances this June with the Brewers. "It wasnt like hes a total mystery," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He didnt seem too afraid of us." Fiers induced 12 groundball outs Saturday and had the Dodgers walking back to the dugout in frustration. Los Angeles shortstop Miguel Rojas slammed his bat into the ground after a called third strike in the third. GETTING TO GREINKE The right-handed Greinke pitched for the Brewers in 2011 and part of 2012 before going to the Angels in a deal that sent shortstop Jean Segura to Milwaukee. Now with the Dodgers, Greinke took his second straight loss at Miller Park after winning his first 15 decisions there. Davis hit a two-run shot for his 19th homer of the season in the second off a 1-2 pitch that Greinke liked when it left his hand. "He just set a surprise on me" and catcher A.J. Ellis, Greinke said "There were plenty of mistakes throughout the game besides that one. That was upsetting because it was exactly what I wanted to do." TRAINERS ROOM DODGERS: Shortstop Hanley Ramirez had an MRI Saturday after leaving Friday nights game with soreness in his right rib cage muscle, though Mattingly didnt have the results before the game. Mattingly said he thought Ramirez might have an "oblique-type" injury. BREWERS: Garza, who went on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained left rib cage muscle, hasnt started throwing yet but is doing exercises. Roenicke said he thought Garza might need more than the minimum 15 days to recover. UP NEXT DODGERS: Ace Clayton Kershaw (13-2) will try to help the Dodgers avoid a three-game sweep. The left-hander hasnt lost since May 28, going 10-0 in his last 12 starts. BREWERS: Right-hander Jimmy Nelson (2-2) will try to extend his streak of three straight quality starts. 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