Julius Honka isn’t necessarily a lock to play for Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championships.
While the Dallas Stars have told Finland he’d be available as long as he isn’t on the NHL roster on Dec. 23, the 19-year-old defenseman wasn’t so certain he’d be flying to Montreal for Finland’s Dec. 26 game against the United States.
“We haven’t really decided yet,” Honka said in a phone interview Tuesday. “I want to do what’s best for Dallas and the organization. If I go to World Junior I’ll be happy to represent my country, but right now the first thing is doing what’s best for the Dallas and Texas Stars.”
Honka said he’d like to have more clarity on the World Junior situation within a week. If he does end up playing in the tournament it would be a huge boost for Finland, the defending champions.
Honka would likely be the Finns’ top defenseman and one of the top players in the tournament. He’d also be back in his typical age group, which could be an advantage.
“It would be a good experience for sure, just like last year,” Honka said. “I think we have a good group and experience from last year. That would be very valuable.”
Texas did sign Connor Hardowa to a PTO this week, giving the team eight defensemen and more flexibility it Honka does end up playing for Finland in three weeks.