Blackhawks prospects Alex DeBrincat, Chad Krys named to Team USA’s World Juniors camp roster

Both players were drafted in the second round of this year’s draft and won a bronze medal with Team USA at last year’s tournament.

Chicago Blackhawks prospects Alex DeBrincat and Chad Krys were named to Team USA’s preliminary roster for the World Junior Championships on Monday by USA Hockey on NHL Network’s “NHL Now.”

Both players captured a bronze medal with Team USA at last year’s tournament.

DeBrincat, who turns 19 on Dec. 18, has 28 goals and 56 points in 26 games this season for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. The 5-foot-7, 170-pound winger has tallied 50 goals and 100 points the past two seasons for Erie. The Farmington Hills, Michigan native had a goal in five games at last year’s tournament.

Krys, 18, is in his first season at Boston University. The 6-foot, 185-pound defenseman has a goal and an assist in 14 games for the Terriers. Prior to joining the Terrier program, he had three goals and 26 assists in 53 games for the U.S. National under-18 team in the United States Hockey League.

The Hawks drafted both players in the second round of this year’s draft. DeBrincat was selected with the No. 39 overall pick while Krys was taken with the No. 45 pick.

Team USA is expected to carry 13 forwards to the tournament, and are expected to announce the final roster by Christmas Eve. The players will attend training camp Dec. 16 to the 20 at HarborCenter in Buffalo, followed by an additional camp from Dec. 20-24 in Oshawa, Ontario. The U.S. will play pre-tournament games Dec. 21 against Switzerland in Oshawa and Dec. 23 against the Czech Republic in Kingston, Ontario.