Hockey Canada announced their 39-man World Junior Hockey Championship selection camp roster on Monday. Two Blackhawks prospects – defenseman Dylan Olsen and forward Brandon Pirri – will be in attendance starting December 12 in Toronto, Ontario. The roster will need to be trimmed down to 22 players before the championship tournament begins in Buffalo, New York on December 26.
This is Olsen’s second consecutive year at Team Canada’s camp. He didn’t make it past the final round of cuts last December, but has a great shot to make the team this time around despite the competition on defense. Three blue liners are returning from 2010′s silver medal squad (Jared Cowen, Ryan Ellis and Calvin de Haan). Olsen is having his best collegiate season to date with the top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (WCHA).
Pirri has spent the majority of the season with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL), and will be made available by the Blackhawks for the selection camp and World Junior’s if need be. This is his first invite to a Canadian national training camp.