Everett Silvertips forward Cole Fonstad was not included on the selection-camp roster for Hockey Canada’s national junior team.
The roster was released Monday.
Although it’s not the ideal outcome for Fonstad, 19, the good news for the Silvertips is that their talented left winger will be available for a difficult stretch of the season.
Fonstad would have missed two or three games if he made it to selection camp, and at least eight games if he made the final 23-man roster.
Fonstad was a viable candidate to stick on Canada’s World Junior roster for the annual tournament that takes place Dec. 26-Jan. 2 in the Czech Republic after he played for Team WHL in the Canada-Russia series. The series serves as part of Hockey Canada’s selection process for world juniors.
It’s likely, though, the Silvertips will have at least one player away for world juniors. Goaltender Dustin Wolf is a strong candidate to make Team USA’s roster, which hasn’t been released yet.
East road trip begins
Everett is in Lethbridge on Wednesday for the opening leg of the first of two Central Division road trips this season. The Silvertips requested to split the annual Eastern Conference road trip in two this season so they can head directly west at the end of the second swing and knock out two games in Prince George — Prince George is roughly a 10-hour bus ride from Everett.
The Silvertips continue to carry a relatively clean bill of health. Seventeen-year-old forwards Tyson Phare and Jacob Wright are the only players on Everett’s injury report. Both are listed as day-to-day with upper-body injuries.
After missing the first chunk of the season with a lower-body injury, Riley Sutter is back in the lineup for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals. Sutter, a third-round pick by the Capitals in 2018, has recorded one assist in four games.
After not sticking on the Silvertips roster as a 16-year-old, signed prospect Carter Halamandaris is off to a hot start in the Manitoba Midget Hockey League. Halamandaris, a fourth-round pick by the Silvertips in the 2018 WHL bantam draft, boasts 16 goals and 29 points in 23 games for the Winnipeg Wild Midget AAA program.
According to Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province, 18-year-old forward Lukas Svejkovsky has asked the Vancouver Giants to trade him. The Point Roberts native has five goals and 10 points this season and will be an interesting name to follow as the Western Hockey League trade market heats up.
Josh Horton covers the Silvertips for the Herald. Follow him on Twitter, @JoshHortonEDH