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Blackhawks Prospects Named to Team USA World Juniors Roster

Blackhawks prospect Landon Slaggert, a member of the American’s 2021 gold-medal team, will be joined by Drew Commesso and Wyatt Kaiser.

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Three Chicago Blackhawks prospects made the United States national junior team roster for the 2022 World Junior Championships on Tuesday. Forward Landon Slaggert, a member of the Americans’ 2021 gold-medal team, joins defenseman Wyatt Kaiser and goaltender Drew Commesso on Team USA’s squad.

Slaggert, a sophomore at Notre Dame, has scored five goals and 10 points in 17 games this season. During last year’s tournament, the 2020 third-round pick skated in all seven games for Team USA. He did not record a point.

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Landon Slaggert skates with Team USA | Photo: Rena Laverty/USA Hockey

Kaiser (2020 third-round pick), a sophomore at Minnesota Duluth, has seven points (one goal, six assists) in 14 games this season.

Commesso (2020 second-round pick) was slated to join Slaggert on last year’s Team USA squad but was unable to because of COVID-19 restrictions within the Boston University program. He has a .900 save percentage and 2.82 goals-against average in 17 games.

Blackhawks prospect Connor Kelley (2021 seventh-round pick), a teammate of Kaiser’s at Duluth, was among the final cuts. Kelley, a defensive defenseman, has six assists in 15 games as a sophomore.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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