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Prospect Watch: Addison likely for World Juniors

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Calen Addison. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Calen Addison will most likely play for Canada in the World Junior Championship this winter.

Addison, 19, was not one of last week's cuts from Canada's selection camp, but that didn't quite mean he had made the team's roster yet.

Players playing for NHL teams must receive permission from their team to participate in their tournament. Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson could have potentially knocked a defenseman off the roster, but the Islanders said on Tuesday that they would not be allowing Dobson to attend the tournament.

That leaves Canada's likely defense pairings as:

Jared McIsaac -- Ty Smith
Kevin Bahl -- Jacob Bernard-Docker
Bowen Byram -- Calen Addison
Jamie Drysdale

The final 22-man roster does not have to be submitted to the IIHF until Dec. 25, but it looks like Addison will make the cut. The tournament will take place from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.

Addison previously represented Canada at the U17 and U18 levels, helping Canada win gold at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Here’s how the rest of the Penguins’ prospects in juniors, college, and Europe did this week:

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FORWARDS

Judd Caulfield
Position: Forward
Size: 6-4/207
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2019, fifth round
Team: North Dakota (NCAA)
Season totals: 
14 games, 2 goals, 5 assists

Caulfield and North Dakota were on holiday break this week.

Liam Gorman
Position: Center
Size: 6-3/196
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2018, sixth round
Team: Princeton (NCAA)
Season totals: 
13 games, 3 assists

Gorman and Princeton were on holiday break this week.

Filip Hallander
Position: Center/Wing
Size: 6-1/190
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2018, second round
Team: Lulea HF (SHL)
Season totals: 
2 games, 1 assist

Hallander fractured his leg in his second game of the season and is expected to be out until at least Christmas. He got the cast off of his leg in early November and resumed skating last week.

Nathan Legare
Position: Right wing
Size: 6-0/205
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2019, third round
Team: Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
Season totals: 
31 games, 16 goals, 17 assists

Legare scored two goals and one assist in two games this week.

Linus Olund
Position: Center
Size: 5-11/183
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2017, fifth round
Team: Brynas IF (SHL)
Season totals: 
22 games, 1 goal, 4 assists

Olund was scoreless in one game this week.

Nikita Pavlychev
Position: Center
Size: 6-8/225
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2015, seventh round
Team: Penn State (NCAA)
Season totals: 
12 games, 2 goal, 5 assists

Pavlychev recorded one assist in two games this week. His assist was the secondary assist on Penn State's fourth goal in a 4-2 win over Notre Dame.

Samuel Poulin
Position: Wing
Size: 6-1/207
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2019, first round
Team: Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)
Season totals: 
25 games, 16 goals, 21 assists

Poulin remains out of Sherbrooke’s lineup with an upper-body injury. He last played on Nov. 30. Sherbrooke's coach originally said Poulin wasn't expected to be out of the lineup for more than a week, so Poulin's already been out longer than expected.

He didn’t record a single point in his last six games before being injured.

Valtteri Puustinen
Position: Wing
Size: 5-9/183
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2019, seventh round
Team: HPK (Liiga)
Season totals: 
28 games, 11 goals, 11 assists

Puustinen's HPK club did not play this week, but he represented Finland in the Channel One Cup. He scored a goal in Game 2 of the tournament:

DEFENSEMEN

Calen Addison
Size: 
5-10/180
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2018, second round
Team: Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
Season totals: 
31 games, 7 goals, 22 assists

Addison was with Team Canada this week.

Santeri Airola
Size: 5-11/165
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2019, seventh round
Team: SaiPa (Liiga), Kettera (Mestis)
Season totals: 
2 games with SaiPa; 12 games, 5 assists with Kettera

Airola was scoreless in three games with Kettera.

Ryan Jones
Size: 
6-2/186
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2016, fourth round
Team: Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA)
Season totals: 
16 games, 2 goals, 4 assists

Jones was scoreless in two games this week.

Antti Palojarvi
Size: 
6-1/172
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2017, sixth round
Team: Lukko (Liiga), Lukko U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga), Hokki (Mestis)
Season totals: 
5 games with Lukko; 14 games, 3 assists with Lukko U20; 9 games with Hokki

Palojarvi did not play this week.

Clayton Phillips
Size: 5-11/183
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2017, third round
Team: Penn State (NCAA)
Season totals: 
19 games, 2 goal, 6 assists

Phillips was scoreless in two games this week.

William Reilly
Size: 
6-2/196
Drafted: 2017, seventh round
Team: Rensselaer Polytech (NCAA)
Season totals: 
16 games, 6 goal, 6 assists

Reilly and RPI were on holiday break this week.

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