Colgate’s Colton Point In The Mix For 2018 World Juniors
With the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships approaching quickly, speculation about the roster makeup of each team has been spreading wildly. For Team Canada, there is no bigger spotlight than in goal – where the debate about who should be included in the lineup grows each and every year.
One name that has been thrown around recently is Colgate University’s Colton Point, who hails from North Bay, Ontario. Point had a positive freshman year in 2016-17, but missed a big chunk of time with an unfortunate case of mononucleosis. Now in his sophomore season, he’s already appeared in more games (12) than last year and currently leads all NCAA division I goaltenders in save percentage (.952). He doesn’t turn 20 years old until March of 2018.
On the outside, Point certainly looks like a very intriguing candidate for one of the three goaltending spots on the Team Canada roster, but there are a few factors standing in the way.
There’s no shortage of Canadian CHL goaltending talent to choose from. With Carter Hart likely returning in the starting role, they also have names like Stuart Skinner, Dylan Wells, and Michael DiPietro to choose from. Will Hockey Canada opt to pick what they see as more “home grown” talent over a goaltender in the NCAA?
Point also benefits from having dual citizenship with the United States. He has even appeared at a handful of USA development camps, like the Warren Strelow Goalie Mentorship Program alongside fellow Dallas Stars prospect and NCAA goaltender Jake Oettinger.
There are still some technicalities about his U.S. citizenship that need to be figured out, but it looks like he is indeed eligible to play for the Americans at the upcoming tournament. Point has maintained that he will decide to play with whichever team decides to give him the biggest role. If Canada offers him the third spot on their roster, and the U.S. want him to dress as the backup – he will choose to play with the host American squad.
His development over the course of the last few years has been nothing short of outstanding. The fact that he is even being considered for the World Juniors is a great testament to where he is at with his game right now.
The best case scenario for Colton Point, the Dallas Stars, and their fans is that he is forced to make the difficult decision between suiting up for Canada or the United States. His development over the course of the last few years has been nothing short of outstanding. The fact that he is even being considered for the World Juniors is a great testament to where he is at with his game right now.
Point is already feeling the pressure from the added attention he has received from this news, as more eyes will be on the Colgate netminder for the rest of the year – regardless if he works his way into the World Juniors or not.