A trio of Blackhawks prospects will be heading to Edmonton ahead of the upcoming World Junior Championship.
Representing Canada has become a common theme for Blackhawks prospects lately:
[Update] Landon Slaggert, a left wing that Chicago picked in the third round (79th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft, was named to the final roster for Team USA on Saturday morning.
The situation is slightly different for Blackhawks prospects Michal Teply and Michael Krutil. On Friday, both players were included on the 28-man roster that will travel to Edmonton for the World Juniors. However, the Czech roster must still be cut down to 25, which means three more players from will be cut before the tournament begins.
Teply, who plays left wing, joined the Blackhawks in 2019 as a fourth-round draft pick (105th overall). Krutil, a defenseman, joined the organization one year later as another fourth-round pick (110th overall).
It’s been a hectic build-up to the World Juniors due to the ongoing pandemic, and several Blackhawks prospects were affected. In Germany, 2020 first-round pick Lukas Reichel tested positive for the coronavirus and will not play in the tournament. Team USA also had multiple Blackhawks prospects vying for roster spots, but defenseman Alex Vlasic and goaltender Drew Commesso — a pair of second-round picks — did not attend training camp because of apparent COVID-19 protocols involving Boston University’s hockey team, where both Vlasic and Commesso play.
The 45th edition of World Junior Championship are scheduled to begin on Christmas Day in Edmonton, with the gold medal game scheduled for Jan. 5, 2021.