This weekend I was able to attend the Willie Mitchell Classic (charity golf event) and at the event was Scott Salmond, who is a manager with Hockey Canada, having a big place in the U18 team, as well as WJC, World Championships, and World Cup. One of the things he mentioned is that if there is a lockout that Canada's WJC team will be able to have four NHL calibre players play: Staal, Horton, Bergeron, and he forgot who the fourth was at the time. This is in addition to any players who played last year in the WJC who might make the NHL this season (I'm thinking of Getzlaf directly, but there are other candidates as well). So....two questions. 1)Who are the players that may also benefit from no NHL season in terms of being able to compete in the WJC. 2)Do you think that this would makea difference inthe tournament? I personally have always believed that if Canada was able to release its actual best U20 roster that nobody could compete with us. I'm pretty certain that if Staal, Horton, Bergeron, etc (there were 7 this year I believe) had been released to play for Team Canada, it would have resulted in a gold medal.