TSN’s Bob McKenzie posted a series of tweets on Friday that noted how things were developing for Nick Robertson and his involvement with the World Junior Championships Team USA roster. McKenzie noted that thanks to some recent developments, the Team was potentially going to be without the Toronto Maple Leafs forward for the tournament. As you’ll see later in this post, that news is now official.
There was already talk that the Leafs were contemplating not releasing Robertson for the tournament, specifically because the team didn’t want the tournament to interfere with Leafs training camp. McKenzie expanded on that story saying that Toronto actually wanted Robertson with Team USA, but also wanted to ensure he makes the Leafs 2021 roster. For both Toronto and Robertson, that is their priority.
McKenzie adds, “If the projected NHL return to play date of Jan. 13 is reality, camps would open late Dec/early Jan. WJC gold medal game is Jan. 5.” He notes, “Complicating matters is NHL health/safety protocols call for 7-day quarantine for player who arrives in his NHL city on a commercial flight.”
McKenzie notes that even though Robertson would be coming from the Edmonton bubble and not required to cross the Canada/US border, “taking flight from EDM to TOR would trigger a 7-day quarantine. He’d miss NHL camp.”
McKenzie points out that this is no different than the situation with the Chicago Blackhawks and Kirby Dach, but that in this instance, the Blackhawks are prepared to simply give a roster spot to Dach when the tournament is over. The Hawks don’t need to see Dach at camp while Toronto “doesn’t feel it’s in a position to do so with Robertson.”
Robertson Will Focus on Maple Leafs Now
Team USA released their official roster on Saturday and, as expected, Robertson was not on it. Originally the team had said they wanted to finalize their by December 13th. They didn’t even wait that long.
You can see the list below:
F Matthew Beniers, Univ. of Michigan (2021)
F Brett Berard, Providence College (NYR)
F Matthew Boldy, Boston College (MIN)
F Bobby Brink, Univ. of Denver (PHI)
F Brendan Brisson, Univ. of Michigan (VGK)
F Cole Caufield, Univ. of Wisconsin (COL)
F Sam Colangelo, Northeastern Univ. (ANA)
F John Farinacci, Harvard Univ. (ARI)
F Arthur Kaliyev, Hamilton Bulldogs (LAK)
F Patrick Moynihan, Providence College (NJD)
F Landon Slaggert, Univ. of Notre Dame (CHI)
F Alex Turcotte, Los Angeles Kings
F Trevor Zegras, Boston Univ. (ANA)
D Brock Faber, Univ. of Minnesota (LAK)
D Drew Helleson, Boston College (COL)
D Ryan Johnson, Univ. of Minnesota (BUF)
D Tyler Kleven, Univ. of North Dakota (OTT)
D Jackson LaCombe, Univ. of Minnesota (ANA)
D Jake Sanderson, Univ. of North Dakota (OTT)
D Hunter Skinner, London Knights (NYR)
D Henry Thrun, Harvard Univ. (ANA)
D Cam York, Univ. of Michigan (PHI)
G Spencer Knight, Boston College (FLA)
G Logan Stein, Ferris State Univ. (2021)
G Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips (CGY)
h/t to ProHockeyRumors for the transcribed list
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