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Three Canadiens prospects invited to WJC selection camps

Jacob Olofsson and Mattias Norlinder will try to crack the roster for Team Sweden, while defenseman Alexander Romanov will be back representing Russia

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Three Canadiens prospects will take part in selection camps for their respective countries ahead of the upcoming World Junior Championship (WJC).

The camps are a preliminary step in the selection process to determine rosters for the 2020 World Junior Championship, which takes place in Třinec and Ostrava, Czech Republic starting on December 26.

Defenseman Alexander Romanov will be making his second appearance with Russia. The Habs' 2018 second-round pick (38th overall) played in the tournament last year.

Romanov was stellar in last year's event, finishing first among WJC rearguards in scoring with one goal for eight points in seven games. He was named that tournament's best defenseman. Romanov and Russia captured the bronze medal in 2019.

Tweet from @TSN_Sports: Habs draftee Alexander Romanov rips one past William Rorth to score for Russia! #WorldJuniors #RUSvsDEN

Romanov is currently in his second season with CSKA Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The 19-year-old has three assists in 31 contests in 2019-20 with Moscow.

For his part, Jacob Olofsson will be suiting up for Sweden for a second time. The Canadiens' second-round pick (56th overall) in 2018 also represented his country at last year's WJC in British Columbia.

The center played five games in the tournament, but did not pick up a point.

Olofsson is currently playing for Skellefteå AIK in the Swedish Hockey League. He's scored one goal for seven points in 19 games this season.

Fellow countryman Mattias Norlinder will be taking part in his first selection camp for Sweden. The 19-year-old defenseman has been catching eyes this season with his performance.

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Montreal's third-round pick (64th overall) in 2019 has scored six goals for 12 points in 24 games with Modo in the Allsvenskan, the second division in Sweden.

Tweet from @MODO_Hockey: I g��r blev Mattias Norlinder klar! Nio po��ng p�� nitton matcher blev det f��rra s��songen, f��rdelat p�� tre m��l och sex assist. H��r kommer ett h��rligt m��lsvep med samtliga fulltr��ffar!🚨 #modose

The Canadiens didn't have any prospects named to Team Canada's selection camp roster.

Team USA, meanwhile, has yet to reveal its list of invitees.

Photo credits: Kevin Light/Getty Images (Olofsson, Romanov), Håkan Nordström, (Norlinder)

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