Stefan Della Rovere, a seventh-round pick by the Caps in June, has made Canada’s entry in the upcoming IIHF U-20 World Junior Championship, which begins later this month in Ottawa. Della Rovere is a bit of a surprise selection even considering his breakout season with Barrie in the OHL.
Della Rovere has 18 goals and 31 points for the Colts. He is also the team’s captain, and he was one of seven team captains in camp for the Canadians. He will likely be an energy guy for Canada, and his grit was probably a big factor in his selection.
Not only is he the only 7th round pick to make the team, there are no 6th rounders and there are only two guys taken in the fifth — one in 2007 (Jamie Benn) and one this June (goalie Dustin Tokarski). The headliners on the team are John Tavares, the last two No. 4 overall picks (defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Thomas Hickey) and goalie Chet Pickard, who plays for Olie Kolzig’s junior team in the WHL.
Not on the team is Taylor Hall, who is already the favorite to go No. 1 in 2010. Tavares also didin’t make the team 18 months before the draft.