(NHL.com) – The 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship is still a few days away. But the tournament is already shaping up to be a special experience for Bruins defense prospect Charlie McAvoy. The 14th overall pick in last June’s NHL Entry Draft was named an assistant captain for Team USA on Monday, an honor that he was humbled to have bestowed upon him.

This is great. I can’t say enough about how excited I am to have this kid in the fold as a future Bruin. Brandon Carlo has been a nice treat this year and McAvoy is going to be another special one as well.

The Boston University sophomore is going to his second World Junior Championship and having a great showing in this years tournament, while wearing an “A”, would solidify him as THE top prospect the Bruins have. Right now he is currently second on his BU team in assists with 11 and continues to play a tough, stand out role on the NHL prospect stacked team.

The official Team USA WJC roster will be finalized by Christmas Eve. And there’s a chance fellow 2016 NHL draftmate and B’s defensive prospect Ryan Lindgren makes the team as well. Either way, I’m just hoping USA draws Trinidad and Tobago and Italy in the prelim games much like Team USA did at the Junior Goodwill Games in Mighty Ducks 2. It’d be nice way for McAvoy to ease his way into the captaincy role with a couple cupcake wins before facing any adversity against say, Canada, or longtime world hockey power Iceland.