One of the reasons why the Washington Capitals sent Hendrix Lapierre back to junior this season, beyond a lack of playing time, was so that he could play on Team Canada’s 2022 World Junior Championship team.
“It’s a lot for a young player to I think to handle the NHL and the league itself,” Laviolette said in November right after the transaction was announced. “So we sent him back to juniors where he can play against his peers and who knows what happens from here, whether he gets a chance to play in the World Championships and whether he gets a chance to play in playoffs. If all those things could happen, you think about his year and it’s really in a great spot.”
Lapierre, however, will not get an opportunity to play for Team Canada as he was a surprise snub from the team. Lappy was one of nine players cut from the team’s selection camp on Sunday. Capitals defense prospect Vincent Iorio will also not suit up for the team.