Blackhawks prospect Ian Mitchell will suit up for Canada at the World Junior Championship as the reigning champions finalized their defense Friday night.
Mitchell will be the lone Chicago defenseman prospect playing for Canada as Nicolas Beaudin was sent home. Winger MacKenzie Entwistle is among 14 forwards still in camp.
Canada’s defense consist of four right-handed blue liners and three lefties.
RHD — Josh Brook (Canadiens 2018 second-rounder)
RHD — Evan Bouchard (Oilers 2018 first-rounder)
RHD — Noah Dobson (Islanders 2018 first-rounder)
RHD — Ian Mitchell (Blackhawks 2017 second-rounder)
LHD — Markus Phillips (2017 fourth-rounder)
LHD — Jared McIsaac (2018 second-rounder)
LHD — Ty Smith (Devils 2018 first-rounder)
Michael DiPietro (Canucks 2017 third-rounder)
Ian Scott (Maple Leafs 2017 fourth-rounder)
One more forward needs to be released before Canada submits its official roster Dec. 25. The tournament will run from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
Mitchell, who was selected in the second round in 2017, is almost averaging a point per game with 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 14 contests during his sophomore season with the University of Denver. The right-handed blue liner had two assists in five games at the under-18 World Juniors for Canada in 2017.
Chicago acquired Entwistle in the Marian Hossa trade with the Coyotes in July. Entwistle, a 2017 third-rounder, has has 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) in 29 games in his fourth season with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the OHL.
Beaudin, a 2018 first-rounder, has five goals and 25 points in 21 games during his fourth season with Drummondville in the QMJHL. The left-handed defenseman tallied 12 goals and 69 points last season.