Not only might Nathan MacKinnon not make Canada’s world junior team, he might not even get an invite to its selection camp.
During an interview on Team 1260 radio in Edmonton on Saturday, Kevin Prendergast, the team’s head scout, cast doubt on the 16-year-old Halifax Mooseheads star’s chances. Although MacKinnon impressed him in the first game of the Subway Super Series, he didn’t in the second game.
When asked if MacKinnon has shown enough to get an invite, Prendergast said: “He’s shown us a lot … At this point, we have to always go back that it’s a 20-year-old tournament. The second game, he had problems … The first game, his energy was great, it was fun to watch. We haven’t made our final decisions as to where we are right now, but, you know, at this point, it’s going to be tough for Nathan to come in and be part of this team, this year anyway.”
Prendergast said the selection camp roster will be announced on Nov. 28.
MacKinnon is tied for 11th in QMJHL scoring with 12 goals among 34 points in 22 games and is tied for seventh in points per game.