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Olsen, Pirri selected to Canada's World Junior camp

by Adam Kempenaar / Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks' top two picks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft will compete for a spot on Canada's World Junior Championship team in December. Defenseman Dylan Olsen and center Brandon Pirri were among the 39 players selected to attend Hockey Canada's evaluation camp, which starts Dec. 12 in Toronto.

Olsen, 6-3, 206 pounds, was selected in the 1st round (28th overall) by the Blackhawks and is currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He has one goal, 11 assists and an even plus/minus in 14 games this season.

The 59th overall pick in 2009, Pirri has four goals and four assists for Rockford of the American Hockey League, and appeared in one NHL game with the Blackhawks on Oct. 9 against Detroit.

The final roster will be named on Dec. 15. The 20011 IIHF World Junior Championship will be played in Buffalo, New York, starting Dec. 26.



GOALIES -- JP Anderson, Mississauga St. Michael's, OHL (San Jose); Calvin Pickard, Seattle, WHL (Colorado); Olivier Roy, Acadie-Bathurst, QMJHL (Edmonton); Mark Visentin, Niagara, OHL (Phoenix).

DEFENSE -- Tyson Barrie, Kelowna, WHL (Colorado); Jared Cowen, Spokane, WHL (Ottawa); Simon Despres, Saint John, QMJHL (Pittsburgh); Calvin de Haan, Oshawa, OHL (N.Y. Islanders); Ryan Ellis, Windsor, OHL (Nashville); Brandon Gormley, Moncton, QMJHL (Phoenix); Erik Gudbranson, Kingston, OHL (Florida); Brayden McNabb, Kootenay, WHL (Buffalo); Ryan Murphy, Kitchener, OHL (2011 Draft eligible); Ryan Murray, Everett, WHL (2012 Draft eligible); Dylan Olsen, Minnesota-Duluth, WCHA (Chicago); Mark Pysyk, Edmonton, WHL (Buffalo).

Brad Ross, Portland, WHL (Toronto); Carter Ashton, Regina, WHL (Tampa Bay); Michael Bournival, Shawinigan, QMJHL (Montreal); Casey Cizikas, Mississauga St. Michael's, OHL (N.Y. Islanders); Brett Connolly, Prince George, WHL (Tampa Bay); Sean Couturier, Drummondville, QMJHL (2011 Draft eligible); Cody Eakin, Swift Current, WHL (Washington); Marcus Foligno, Sudbury, OHL (Buffalo); Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver, WHL (Montreal); Curtis Hamilton, Saskatoon, WHL (Edmonton); Joey Hishon, Owen Sound, OHL (Colorado); Quinton Howden, Moose Jaw, WHL (Panthers); Ryan Howse, Chilliwack, WHL (Calgary); Ryan Johansen, Portland, WHL (Columbus); Zach Kassian, Windsor, OHL (Buffalo); Louis Leblanc, Montreal, QMJHL (Montreal); Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer, WHL (2011 Draft eligible); Brandon Pirri, Rockford, AHL (Chicago); Jaden Schwartz, Colorado College, WCHA (St. Louis); Riley Sheahan, Notre Dame, CCHA (Detroit); Reilly Smith, Miami University CCHA, (Dallas); Linden Vey, Medicine Hat, WHL (Los Angeles); Garrett Wilson, Owen Sound, OHL (Florida).
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