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Rangers prospects Bourque, Kreider, Isles' Nelson make U.S. World Junior squad

Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque are two of the Rangers' most prized prospects, and both are back to defend the gold medal that the U.S. team won in last year's World Junior Championships.

Kreider, the Rangers' first-round pick in 2009 who's in his sophomore year at Boston College, and Bourque, the third-round pick that same year who's in his second season with Quebec of the QMJHL, were named to the final squad announced today.

Also on the squad is Islanders' 2010 first-rounder Brock Nelson, who's a freshman at North Dakota.

Kreider had a breakout World Juniors last year, scoring six goals in the seven games. He also went on to win an NCAA title with Boston College, for whom he has five goals and six assists in 16 games so far this season.

Bourque has 20 goals and 19 assists in 27 games for Quebec.

Nelson has two goals and four assists in 20 games for UND.

The World Junior tournament begins Sunday in Buffalo. Three other Isles draftees are in the tournament: center Casey Cizikas and defenseman Calvin de Haan for Canada and winger Nino Niederreiter for Switzerland.

Among Rangers prospects, wings Jesper Fasth (Sweden) and Roman Horak (Czech Republic) are playing.

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