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“Putting in the work together” – Chicago Blackhawks prospects ready to impress US at 2022 IIHF World Juniors

Blackhawks' future prospects Landon Slaggert, Wyatt Kaiser, and Dominic James are ready to drill in some work to prove themselves to be worthy of the United States team at World Juniors.

Chicago Blackhawks prospects make splash at the 2022 IIHF Championship

Left winger Landon Slaggert, defenceman Wyatt Kaiser, and forward Dominic James are eager to impress the United States with their performance at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships while hoping to be part of the Chicago Blackhawks in the future.

The three Blackhawks prospects will participate in the tournament that started on August 9th and will continue till August 20th at Rogers Palace after the previous event got canceled in December due to the rise of pandemics. Apart from James who was selected during the 2022 Draft, Kaiser and Slaggert got chosen during the 2020 Draft as the 81, and 79th overall.

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The Blackhawks’ prospects are eager to take part in the team’s transformation

Chicago Blackhawks prospects make a splash at the 2022 IIHF Championship

Winger Slaggert commented, “We got to know each other at Blackhawks development camp a few weeks ago and it was awesome to do that and get a taste of what it takes to be an NHL player in their organization.” He will be returning to his team Notre Dame after this 2022 event. With them, he recorded 26 points in 40 games last season.

About the tournament getting canceled, Slaggert said, as per nhl.com, “I’m glad we’re getting an opportunity to play this tournament again”. “December, it was crushing news that the tournament was canceled, but the texts started flying when we heard the tournament was going to be coming up in August and we get another chance to go for gold.”

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Kaiser commented, “I know Dom pretty well, he’s a good buddy”. “We’ll be living together next year. I love playing with him and I can’t say enough good things about him. It’s definitely special that we were both selected by the Blackhawks, it’s a lot of fun playing on the same team, getting to know each other well, and putting in the work together.”

While James mentioned, “It’s exciting coming back to be with the guys at this tournament. You look at all the gains we’ve made in the summer, and you get to use them right away and it’s nice to get some competitive hockey in now.” Blackhawks has been working to rebuild their team structure and these three hope to be part of the transformation. The team has yet to qualify for the playoffs for the past two seasons.

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