This means there will be no player with Minnesota ties on Canada's WJC team for the second consecutive year. The 2012 WJHC runs from December 26th - January 5th in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.
Minnesota Wild prospect and Forward Brett Bulmer (Photo from AP)
Bulmer, who plays for the Kelowna Rockets, has 23 points (11 goals and 12 assists) in 15 games. Before that, the 2010 2nd round pick (36th overall) had three assists in nine games for the Minnesota Wild before being sent back to the WHL. Bulmer's 11 goals put him on pace to shatter his career WHL high of 18.
Brett's release came as a surprise to some who are in the know about the Canadian WJC team. Aaron Vickers of Future Considerations had Bulmer in his Team Canada while head coach Don Hay had this to say about Brett:
I thought [the Bulmer-Bournival-Connolly] line played very well so, you know, [Brett] Bulmer played well, [Michael] Bournival played well, Connolly played well so they did some real good forechecking and gave us a lot of energy.
However, depth proved to be too much in the end for Brett Bulmer's 2012 WJC chances. Making the Canadian WJC team is tough with the number of NHLers the country produces. Even a guy who played in the NHL this season has no guarantees, as friend of FRB Jermone Berube points out.
Other final round cuts by Canada are forwards Tyler Toffoli, Phillip Di Giuseppe, Christian Thomas, Brad Ross and Phillip Denault, defensemen Cody Ceci, Ryan Murphy Alex Petrovic and Joe Morrow and goaltenders Louis Domingue and Tyler Bunz.
The full Hockey Canada roster can be found here.