Medicine Hat Tigers forward Hunter Shinkaruk and Sean Monahan of the Ottawa 67's have been tabbed for the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge, a four-game tournament taking place in Yaroslavl, Russia and Halifax, Nova Scotia between August 8th-14th that will help each country identify the leading talent for this winter's World Junior Championships. The pair are the only 2013 draft eligible prospects identified as U20 candidates by Hockey Canada.

Shinkaruk previously represented Canada at the 2012 U18's, finishing second in team scoring to Matt Dumba with four goals and eight points en route to earning a bronze medal. The tourney came on the heels of his 49-goal, 92-point campaign while riding shotgun with Anaheim prospect Emerson Etem.

The 6'2, 193-pound Monahan skates into the series after an impressive 17-year old season that saw him collect 33 goals and 45 assists to increase his year-over-year production by 31 points. His momentum carried into the 2012 OHL playoffs, where he scored posted 15 points (8+7) in 18 games before the 67's bowed out to Niagara in the Eastern Conference final.

Both Shinkaruk and Monahan are expected to be top-10 picks at the 2013 NHL draft.