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Breaking: Two Flames prospects named to team Canada

How soon can these kids make an NHL impact? Next season?

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Calgary Flames draft picks Dillon Dube and Matthew Phillips have been named to Team Canada’s WHL roster for the upcoming 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series. 

Dube, a native of Cochrane, was drafted in the 2nd round (56th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 19-year-old center has started off the 2017-18 season on a tear with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, potting four goals and 12 points in just eight games. Look for him to improve upon his 20 goals and 55 points in 40 games from a year prior.

 Phillips, a Calgary native who grew up a fan of the Flames, was drafted in the 6th round (166th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 19-year-old center is just one point off the scoring lead in the WHL with an incredible nine goals and 24 points in just 10 games. The Victoria Royals scoring leader is a sure bet to be one of the top players in November’s series against Russia.

With any luck and a good showing at the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series, both Dube and Phillips should put themselves on the radar for the upcoming World Junior Championships in January. From there, the sky is the limit for these two youngsters.