Three Chicago Blackhawks prospects will play for the United States at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, USA Hockey announced Sunday.
Forwards Landon Slaggert and Dominic James and defenseman Wyatt Kaiser made Team USA's roster. Frank Nazar was one of the final roster cuts. Goaltender Drew Commesso opted not to return to Team USA for the restart of the tournament.
Slaggert, who won gold with Team USA in 2021, scored 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 40 games during his sophomore season at Notre Dame. He didn't score a point in seven games during the U.S.' gold-medal run in 2021. The Blackhawks selected him in the third round in 2020.
Kaiser scored 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) in 34 games during his sophomore season at Minnesota Duluth. The 2020 third-round pick is known for his skating and shot-blocking ability.
One of Chicago's 2022 draft picks made the roster in James. A sixth-round pick, he scored 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 39 games as a sophomore for Minnesota Duluth.
Nazar, who missed the cut, scored 70 points (28 goals, 42 assists) in 56 games for the U.S. National U18 team. The first-round pick also had 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 20 USHL games for USNTDP Juniors.
2022 World Juniors Info
The 2022 World Junior Championship was originally scheduled to take place from Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 5, 2022 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta. However, it was canceled after only four days of play because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The United States are the reigning gold medalists for the tournament. The Americans will try to win the tournament in back-to-back years for the first time. They start their tournament Aug. 9 against Germany.