Originally Posted by yougo
You are actually wrong here. The Subway series is a gateway for young player to show they can perform against/with the best of their age group. It's their interview before the WJC Camp. I was there on Monday, and let me tell you that MacKinnon was utterly pissed by his performance in the two first period. He knew that he was being watched by Hockey Canada's brass.
Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie
These games are instrumental in Hockey Canada evaluation of which players get invited to national junior team final selection camp.
McKenzie seems to have been led to believe that these games hold a lot of sway as well. Canada-Russia is always a big series, particularly this year with the lockout - the WJC is going to be a big deal and these games are being watched very closely.