Eight Chicago Blackhawks prospects have been invited to the tryout camps for their respective country’s World Junior Championships team.
Forwards Mark McNeill and Phillip Danault, the two first round draft picks of the Hawks in 2011, were both invited to Canada’s camp. Forward Brandon Saad and defensemen Adam Clendening and Stephen Johns were invited to the United States’ camp. And forwards Ludvig Rensfeldt and Joakim Nordstrom and goaltender Johan Mattsson have received invitations to Sweden’s camp.
Here are updates on how these prospects are doing this year (thru Tuesday):
- Danault: 31 pts (6 G, 25 A), 31 PIM in 27 games with Victoriaville (QMJHL)
- McNeill: 32 pts (13 G, 18 A), 14 PIM in 31 games with Prince Albert (WHL)
- Saad: 19 pts (9 G, 10 A), 6 PIM in 11 games with Saginaw (OHL)
- Clendening: 9 pts (1 G, 8 A), 36 PIM in 14 games with Boston University
- Johns: 6 pts (2 G, 4A), 40 PIM in 18 games with Notre Dame
- Rensfeldt: 22 pts (10 G, 12 A), 8 PIM in 28 games with Sarnia (OHL)
- Nordstrom: 3 pts (2 G, 1 A), 2 PIM in 27 games with AIK (SEL)
- Mattsson: n/a
Saad missed a month with an upper-body injury, and was reportedly going to pass on a potential invitation to the USA’s WJC camp, but received the invite and will reportedly attend. He returned to the ice last weekend, and has been credited with one assist in three games since coming back from the injury.