Canadian Junior Hockey fans have had their ups and downs with goaltending at the World Junior tournament. For the large part, they've been spoiled. During the infamous "Drive for Five", the Canadian crease was graced by goaltenders like Carey Price, Steve Mason, Jonathan Bernier, Justin Pogge and Dustin Tokarski. All of them, regardless of draft status or previous track record, came through when called upon to wear the red and white.
Jake Allen was Canada's starting netminder last year. Allen, in spite of a stellar junior track record (and an incredible start to his pro career this season), appeared shaky for most of the tournament. His performance came to a head in the gold medal game where he was eventually pulled in favour of Martin Jones.
Jones then allowed a questionable goal on a John Carlson wrist shot in overtime to end Canada's hope for a sixth gold medal.
With the admitted lack of a true superstar up front this year, it's easy to see more onus falling on the crease to get Canada back on the path to gold. Four candidates are at Canada's World Junior selection camp this week. Let's take a look at who might end up carrying Canada's hopes in goal.