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Josh Norris named to preliminary 2018 World Juniors Championship roster

Norris will make his return to Team USA.

2017 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The San Jose Sharks’ 2017 first round draft pick, Joshua Norris, has been selected for Team USA’s preliminary World Juniors Championship roster. Norris previously competed with Team USA as an alternate captain at the 2017 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia where they won gold and Norris tallied seven points in seven games.

The 18-year-old Oxford, Michigan native is currently playing his first year at the University of Michigan, where he has three goals and five assists in 14 games. A six-foot-one, 195 pound center, Norris spent the last two years with the US National Team Development Program. As part of the US Development program, he was a point-per-game player, with exactly 61 (27 goals, 34 assists) points in 61 games, and 26 (12 goals, 14 assists) points in 25 USHL games.

The preliminary roster has 28 players, including Oilers prospect, Kailer Yamamoto. The 23-man roster is expected to be announced on December 23rd. The World Junior Championship will take place December 26th through January 5th in Buffalo, New York.

View the entire preliminary roster here.