Three Blackhawks’ prospects – Jeremy Morin, Kevin Hayes and Stephen Johns – were invited to Team USA’s development camp that began today in Lake Placid, New York. The camp will encompass practice sessions, inter-squad scrimmages and scrimmages against the Swedish and Finnish squads. There were a total of 42 players invited to the development camp, and the roster will be cut down prior to the first international scrimmage against Sweden on August 3rd. USA Hockey also has a World Juniors blog up so fans can follow the happenings from home. The camp runs through August 7th.
Morin was on the USA Junior national team last year. This is the first time for Hayes and Johns at the Team USA development camp. Nick Leddy was supposed to attend the camp as well, but was pulled after he signed a professional deal with the Hawks earlier this week. Not too sure why, but he is at the Blackhawks Convention this weekend.
Meanwhile, north of the boarder…
Dylan Olsen in the Blackhawks lone prospect invited to Team Canada’s development camp next week. Competition for a roster spot will be stiff this year. Three defensemen from the 2010 squad are returning – Jared Cowen, Calvin de Haan and Ryan Ellis. Olsen – along with Shawn Lalonde – was one of the last players cut from last year’s silver medal squad.