On Tuesday, USA Hockey announced the final roster for the developmental camp they are holding to select a roster for the IIHF World Junior Championships, held this winter in Calgary.
And the Blackhawks were well represented on that final roster.
Defenseman Adam Clendening, drafted 36th overall by the Blackhawks in June, has been very impressive so far and made the cut. Also on the blue line after the cut was Stephen Johns, who will head back to Notre Dame this fall.
On Wednesday evening, the USA squad lost 4-1 to Sweden. In the game, three of Sweden’s goals were scored by Blackhawks prospects. Joakim Nordstrom scored twice in the first period, the second of which was short-handed.
The fourth and final goal for Sweden came off the stick of Ludvig Rensfeldt. Rensfeldt also scored a goal and added an assist in Sweden’s 7-1 win over Finland on Tuesday night.
Among the other Hawks prospects that were invited to the developmental camp, defenseman Justin Holl scored a goal in a split-squad win over Finland on Monday. Also on Monday in the other split-squad game, Clendening scored a goal and added an assist in a USA win over Sweden; Kevin Hayes earned the primary assist on Clendening’s goal.
Hayes and Holl did not make the final camp roster.