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Barrett Hayton to join Canada at the World Junior Championships

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The Coyotes youngster featured for his country in last year’s competition.

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The Arizona Coyotes have today confirmed that Barrett Hayton will join Team Canada at this year’s World Junior Championships in Ostrava and Trinec in the Czech Republic.

The 19-year-old forward will feature for his country once again after registering four assists in five appearances in last year’s iteration of the competition.

Hayton will be determine to improve on his production from last year while gaining valuable experience on the international stage.

The Peterborough, Ontario native in his first season as a professional, with a goal and three assists currently to his name in the NHL.

The Coyotes will be without their fifth-overall pick from the 2018 Draft from around December 26th until January 5th, when the competition takes place.

It will be the hope of all involved with the Coyotes organisation that Hayton has a strong showing with Team Canada, with the young rookie looking to take the next step in his development this year.

Hayton has looked good at times with the NHL team, but is sometimes a healthy scratch and is still in need of further seasoning, which the World Junior Championships can help to provide.

A positive time with his fellow countrymen can certainly help Hayton take the next steps and eyes not only North of the border, but also in the desert, will be on him.