And maybe that's a good thing. Keep the cohesion, perhaps take advantage of some teams that are missing key players for the Under-17 and world junior tournaments.
That being said, there are some Rangers in the running for the holiday get togethers.
Centre Radek Faksa will be gone to Sweden to partake in the world junior showdown for the Czech Republic.
I suppose defenceman Dmitrii Sergeev could also ge tthe call for Russia, but at 17, and with the country's depth, it's highly unlikely.
Winger Mike Davies (in photo) is in the running for the Ontairo U-17 squad.
Americans Mason Kohna and Doug Blaisdell are playing well but won't rep the U.S. as the Yanks send their national team development program lot to the event.
But that roster will feature Rangers' picks Luke Opilka (goalie), forward Jeremy Bracco and blueliner Charles McAvoy.
Rookie Mark Bzowey is back with the Oakville Blades after a brief call-up due to injuries. The 16-year-old forward played in just one of the three road games last week.
Speaking of injuries, defenceman Evan McEneny (concussion) was back at practice and is hoping to play Thursday in Sarnia while Ben Thomson (ankle) and defenceman Dmitrii Sergeev (hip) remain sidelined.
Rangers' pick Scott Pedersen was at today's practice getting in some much needed ice time. The blueliner has not been called up from the Jr. B Kitchener Dutchmen and was just getting in some extra conditioning after missing time with a bruised kidney.
Meanwhile, Kitchener defenceman Logan Schmidt is back with the Dutchies after a call-up and will likely stay there if McEneny is cleared to return Thursday.
Schmidt has played 10 games for the Rangers and if he dresses for an 11th, his OHL card will kick in. I thought the junior card was activated at the 10-game mark and had previously posted that in a blog, but it is in fact the 11-game mark.
Expect to see Schmidt recalled at some point this season as he's shown well in his OHL stint.
As mentioned a few posts down, former Rangers' goalie Jack Moylan has now officially joined the Strathroy Rockets on the Jr. B loop.