On Monday afternoon, USA Hockey released a list of the 29 players selected to the preliminary roster for the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team. Among the 16 forwards invited is Blackhawks prospect Nick Schmaltz.
Schmaltz, 19, was the Hawks’ first round pick (20th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. During his sophomore season at North Dakota, Schmaltz has racked up three goals and 21 assists in 18 games, and ranks among the national leaders in points and assists.
The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held from Dec.26-Jan.5 in Helsinki, Finland. The final 23-man roster is expected to be named by Dec. 24 after training camps at Boston University and in Vierumaki, Finland.