The Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Philipp Kurashev on a three-year, entry-level contract that runs through the 2021-22 season and carries a cap hit of $925,000. He will finish out the season with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL.
Kurashev joins Nicolas Beaudin, Adam Boqvist and MacKenzie Entwistle on the list of Chicago prospects to have signed their entry-level contracts but remain with their junior teams. Unlike the other three, Kurachev is not a slide candidate — a provision in the CBA that allows teams to push the contract one year if the player doesn't skate in at least 10 NHL games — so there's a chance he could start next season in Rockford when his contract kicks in. Or better yet, even push for a roster spot with the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks acquired Nashville's fourth-round pick last season as part of the Ryan Hartman deal and used it to select Kurashev at No. 120 overall. And the early returns are showing he could be a hidden gem.
As alternate captain for the Remparts, Kurashev leads the Remparts in all three scoring categories with 28 goals, 34 assists and 62 points in 57 games this season. He's averaging 0.97 points per game throughout his three-year career in Quebec, and has eight points (two goals, six assists) in 10 career playoff games.
But it wasn't until the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships when Kurashev put himself on the radar.
Serving as the alternate captain for Team Switzerland, he led the tournament with six goals, finished tied for seventh with seven points and earned first-team All-Star honors. He was also named Player of the Game twice, highlighted by a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Denmark.
Kurashev has quickly become one of the Blackhawks' more exciting forward prospects, and it may not be too long before Chicago gets a glimpse of him in an Indianhead sweater.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Blackhawks easily on your device.