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Clendening, Johns make WJC camp cut

by Brad Boron / Chicago Blackhawks

Adam Clendening was among the 29 U.S.-born players to make the first round of cuts at the World Junior Evaluation Camp.

Blackhawks prospects Adam Clendening and Stephen Johns were among 29 American-born players to make the first cut at the U.S. World Junior Championship evaluation camp. The players who make the final cut will compete to help Team USA win third straight medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Calgary and Edmonton.

"We are very pleased with the way the players have performed during the first three days of camp," said Tim Taylor, director of player personnel of the 2012 U.S. National Junior Team. "The players released today will continue to be a big part of our ongoing evaluation process and we look forward to the upcoming international games to further evaluate the players who remain in Lake Placid."

Clendening, the Blackhawks' second-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has scored a goal and added two assists in three camp scrimmages so far, including assisting on the game-winner during the Aug. 8 scrimmage against Sweden. Johns, a 2010 second-round pick, was held scoreless in three camp scrimmages, but recorded a pair of penalty minutes against Sweden.

Two Blackhawks prospects missed the cut -- 2010 first-round pick Kevin Hayes and 2010 second-rounder Justin Holl -- and they will return to Boston College and Minnesota, respectively, to prepare for their sophomore seasons.

For the complete U.S. evaluation camp roster and box scores from the camp scrimmages, visit

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