Blue Jackets prospects Kerby Rychel and Josh Anderson have been selected to participate in Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp, along with 25 other players, in order to prepare for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships.
Rychel was Columbus’ second pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, going 19th overall. He has represented Canada in the 2012 IIHF U-18 World Championship, where they captured bronze and he tied for team lead in goals, and the 2011 U-18 Junior World Cup, where Canada took the gold medal. He currently serves as team captain for the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires. He ranks first on the team and 13th overall in OHL scoring, tallying 16-23-39 in 27 games this season.
Anderson was Columbus’ fourth pick, 95th overall, in the 2012 NHL draft. He currently plays for the OHL’s London Knights, where he ranks fifth in scoring and leads the team with six power play goals. He has helped the Knights win the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions for the past two seasons and has tallied 48-47-95 in 159 games with the club.
Camp will begin Thursday, December 12 at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Etobicoke, Ontario. The 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships itself will be held in Melmo, Sweden from December 26, 2013 through January 5, 2014.