Two Chicago Blackhawks prospects were among the 40 Hockey Canada invites for the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase. These players will audition for a spot on the Canadian team that will take part in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Among those invited were 2018 first-round pick Nicolas Beaudin and 2017 second-round selection Ian Mitchell.
Beaudin, a defenseman, was taken 27th overall in June's NHL Draft. He played the 2017-18 season with Drummondville in the QMJHL, recording 69 points (12G, 57A) in 68 games.
Mitchell was taken 57th overall last year and played this past season with the University of Denver. The blueliner recorded 30 points (2G, 28A) in 41 games as a freshman.
The 2018 WJSS will take place July 28-August 4 in Kamloops, British Columbia and includes 11 international competitions between Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States.
Three Blackhawks prospects were among the 42 players initially invited to the showcase by USA Hockey in June. Forwards Evan Barratt (3rd round, 2017) and Jake Wise (3rd round, 2018) as well as defenseman Josh Ess (7th round, 2017) were all named to that list.