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.
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.