The Philadelphia Flyers will have plenty of prospects to watch at this year’s World Junior Championship. Last week, goaltender Carter Hart was invited to Canada’s World Junior camp. This week, forward German Rubtsov got his invite from Russia.
🔈 Пообщались с главным тренером молодежной сборной России Валерием Брагиным после открытой тренировки молодежки, которая продолжает подготовку к чемпионату мира (США, Баффало, 26 декабря — 5 января)
— Хоккей России (@russiahockey) December 11, 2017
Representing his country will be nothing new for Rubtsov. He has been a part of Russia’s U17, U18 and U19 teams, and was even a big part of this year’s under-20 Super Series against the CHL. It’s not the first time he was invited to camp either. Last season, along with 2015 fourth-round pick Mikhail Vorobyov, Rubtsov spent time on the roster, but was used sparingly in the five games with the team.
He did not register a point during last year’s World Juniors, but was used on the penalty kill and only played less than 13 minutes in those games. Rubtsov was Russia’s youngest skater to participate in the World Juniors but has a good chance to play significant minutes for this year’s squad. Russia will make their decision on the final roster following their game against Slovakia on Dec. 23.
Look for Rubtsov to play an important role as one of Russia’s centers at the World Junior Championship. Congrats, German, and best of luck!
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