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Poehling, Primeau named to initial U.S. roster for World Jr. Showcase

The pair will be looking to earn spots for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Vancouver and Victoria

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - USA Hockey announced on Friday that Canadiens prospects Ryan Poehling and Cayden Primeau are among the 42 players invited to participate in the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase.

The annual gathering will be held from July 28 - August 4 at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, BC.

It will feature 11 games between some of the top youngsters from the United States, Canada, Sweden and Finland.

Poehling and Primeau will be vying for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Vancouver and Victoria.

Poehling represented his country at the 2018 event in Buffalo and claimed a bronze medal.

The 19-year-old forward, who is heading into his junior season at St. Cloud State University (NCAA), was selected 25th overall by the Canadiens last June.

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The Lakeville, MN native put up 14 goals and 31 points in 36 games for the Huskies during the 2017-18 campaign.

Primeau, meanwhile, is coming off a standout freshman season at Northeastern University (NCAA). The 18-year-old goaltender registered a 19-8-5 record in 34 games for the Huskies, along with a 1.92 goals-against average, a .931 save percentage and four shutouts.

The Voorhees, NJ native was selected in the seventh round, 199th overall by the Canadiens last June.

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