ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- North Chelmsford resident Jack Eichel has been named to the United States team which will compete in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The competition, which will be held Dec. 26-Jan. 4 in Sweden, brings together the top young hockey talent in the world.

Eichel, 17, is the youngest player on the U.S. team -- 18 of his teammates are already playing college hockey. Eichel is a member of the U.S. National Under-18 Team and will take his talents to Boston University next fall.

Eichel is expected to be one of the first picks in the 2015 National Hockey League Draft. The 6-foot, 191-pound forward has long been considered one of the top players in the country.

Now he'll get a chance to shine on the international stage.

Also named to the U.S. team was North Reading resident Ryan Fitzgerald, a freshman forward at Boston College. He is the son of Billerica native Tom Fitzgerald.

The team is loaded with talent from Hockey East.

Fitzgerald, goaltender Thatcher Demko, and defensemen Ian McCoshen and Steve Santini will represent BC.

Also headed to Sweden are defenseman Brett Pesce of UNH, forward Tommy DiPauli of Notre Dame, goaltender Jon Gillies of Providence, and defenseman Matt Grzelyck and forward Dan O'Regan of BU.