There are 3 prospects from the Ottawa Senators organization participating in Team Canada’s summer evaluation camp this year: Curtis Lazar, Nick Paul and Ben Harpur.
At least two of them are turning heads in a big way, and it could mean one of them could be on the team while the other one might not be available because he is otherwise engaged in NHL hockey.
Curtis Lazar, who Justin wrote a piece on yesterday about his immediate future, scored 3 times (twice while shorthanded) and added an assists in Team Canada’s win over Russia. If that is how he is going to enter training camp, you can put his name on the lineup in ink right now. Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman had better be on notice that if they are going to make the team out of camp, they are going to have to battle Lazar tooth and nail to get it.
As for Paul, who was acquired from Dallas in the Jason Spezza trade, he is also garnering notice as a player to watch and with a good start to his OHL season could go from being a fringe invite to an important piece of the roster. TSN Analyst Dave Reid gave a glowing review of the North Bay Battalion product after the Russia game, complementing him on his size and penalty killing ability in addition to some good hands.
So while Lazar would pretty much be guaranteed a spot (he was the captain of the team for the Russia game) if he was in junior in the fall, it is still questionable whether he will be given that opportunity. He might just be too important on the Senators roster to let go, but the Sens might still have some representation in the form of Paul when the puck drops on Boxing Day in Montreal.