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Konecny, Sanheim among Flyers prospects playing in WJC

A pair of Flyers prospects — winger Travis Konecny and defenseman Travis Sanheim — were named to Canada's 23-man roster Sunday for the IIHF World Junior Championships.

The competition will be held in Helsinki, Finland, from Saturday to Jan. 5.

Canada opens the tournament against the United States on Saturday at 1 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Russia meets the Czech Republic on Saturday at 7 a.m. in a game that could include three future Flyers.

Several other Flyers prospects could play in the WJC, including defenseman Ivan Provorov and left winger Radel Fazleev for Russia; goalie Felix Sandstom and forward Oskar Lindblom for Sweden; and forward David Kase (Czech Republic).

"It's a good opportunity for the kids to see where their game is at," Flyers scouting director Chris Pryor said. "And it gives us a chance to see our guys in a situation playing against pretty good players."

General manager Ron Hextall said he will attend the World Juniors instead of traveling with the Flyers on their West Coast trip.

Konecny, Provorov, and Sanheim are expected to contend for spots with the Flyers during training camp next year.