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Nick Schmaltz among Blackhawks prospects named to 2016 World Junior Championship preliminary rosters

A group of Chicago prospects will have a chance to represent their country.

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Nick Schmaltz is one of five Chicago Blackhawks prospects that made preliminary rosters for the 2016 World Junior Championships.

Fredrik Olofsson and Gustav Forsling (Sweden), Radovan Bondra (Slovakia) and Joni Tuulola (Finland) have also been selected by their respective countries.

Schmaltz, a 2014 first-round draft pick, was named the NCHC Player of the Month for November after scoring two goals and 13 assists in just eight games. During the month, he led the country in primary assists (seven), even-strength assists (10) and game-winning assists (four). In all, the 19-year-old has two goals and 19 assists in 16 games in his sophomore season at North Dakota.

Olofsson, 19, has six goals and six assists in 16 games in his first season at Nebraska-Omaha. He logged 27 goals and 60 points in 57 games for the Chicago Steel of the USHL last season. The winger was drafted by Chicago in the fourth round in 2014.

Forsling, 19, has tallied two goals and nine assists in 25 games this season for Linkoping HC. It is his second season with the senior team. He was acquired last January in a trade with Vancouver.

Bondra, 18, is one of three Chicago prospects in the Canadian Hockey League this season. The winger has six goals and 12 points in 26 games for WHL's Vancouver Giants. He was a fifth round selection in the 2015 draft.

Tuulola, 19, has three assists in 27 games for HPK in Finland's SM-Ligga. The left-handed shooting defenseman had five goals and five assists in 32 games for them last season. He was selected in the sixth round by the Hawks in this year's draft.