Three Blackhawks Prospects Make USA Roster For World Juniors

On Tuesday, USA Hockey announced the roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship. Three Blackhawks prospects made the roster.

Boston University goaltender Drew Commesso, who was Chicago’s second-round pick (No. 46 overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft is one of the three netminders on the roster.

Minnesota-Duluth defenseman Wyatt Kaiser, who the Blackhawks selected in the third round (No. 81 overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft is among the eight defensemen.

And Notre Dame forward Landon Slaggert, Chicago’s third-round pick (No. 79 overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft, is among the 14 forwards. Slaggert is one of six members of the 2021 U.S. National Junior Team that won a gold medal in Edmonton last year.

The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship will be in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta from Dec. 26, 2021 – Jan. 5, 2022.

6 thoughts on “Three Blackhawks Prospects Make USA Roster For World Juniors

  • December 14, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    I’m usually not a rose-colored glasses guy regarding the Blackhawks lately, but that 2020 draft is really looking fantastic!

  • December 14, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    New column, just in time too seeing how everybody was getting along in the last column. Nice honor for the 3 kids but remember who picked them. Hopefully at least 1 of these kids we’ll see in a couple of years. Kirby Dach is only a year older than these kids.

  • December 14, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Great for them, good experience, hope they log lots of ice time there. Agree the 2020 draft is looking very good hope it holds up that way. 2021 draft showing some promise at this point as well so far.

  • December 14, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    And these are third and a second round picks. Good for them.

    I think Lanks is a good goalie that definitely gets better with more work load. Hopefully MAF would want a shot at one more Cup.

    To Edm: Fluery & #3 in ’23 retain $3mil for Koskinen & #1 in ’23

    To Colo: Fluery Strome #3 in ’23 retain $3.5 $1mil for Francouz Nichushil #1 in ’23

    Hopefully we can give next year’s draft pick to Columbus so to have ours in ’23 and have a chance at Bedard. Any trades should try and get as many #1s in ’23.

  • December 14, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Really glad for those kids .
    Slaggert is the one I will look at the most. Kaiser is another interesting player to watch.
    Commesso I have no idea about him . Maybe somebody here knows about him ?
    I really think Slagg will be in NHL in 3 years maybe 2 iff he continue to progress and iff he is not hurt .
    Change off subject
    I really think that the shoulder pad should be reconsidered in NHL …look how many incidents again this year because off those . It’s time to make a move to avoid another 10-20 concussion/ year .

  • December 14, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Wonder if any or all of those 3 sign elcs in spring or summer, or do all 3 return to Ncaa for another year. Right now 26 players under contract for next season, with Dach, Kurashev and R. Johnson rfas without arbitration rights and reasonable qos to retain their rfa rights . Dach signed for sure and other 2 could be brought back for minimum caphit or close to it. Kubalik, Strome, Kalynuk and C. Jones all arbitration eligible with Strome 3.6m and Kubalik 4.2m high end qos, other 2 reasonable. Lankinen plus maybe another goalie and maybe Gabriel only ufas who might return. Still leaves room for about 10 to 12 more contracts to be signed.

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