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Kassian, McNabb picked for Canadian camp

Two Sabres prospects -- forward Zack Kassian and defenseman Brayden McNabb -- have been named to Hockey Canada's national junior team development camp, which will help determine the squad for the world junior tournament in Buffalo this winter.

Kassian, the Sabres' first-round pick from last year who was recently charged with assault, is coming off a playoff run of 16 points in 19 games as Windsor won the Memorial Cup. McNabb, selected in the third round last year, has become an imposing defenseman for Kootenay. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder had 57 points (including 40 assists) and 121 penalty minutes in 64 games.

There are 41 players invited to the August camp, and the roster will be announced in December just prior to the start of the tournament.

"There are a number of tremendously talented players across Canada in this age group, and the players named today will have a terrific opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best the country has to offer," Hockey Canada head scout Al Murray said. "We are looking forward to a very competitive, high-energy camp."

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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