How Blackhawks prospects performed at 2019 World Juniors

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How Blackhawks prospects performed at 2019 World Juniors

The Blackhawks had seven prospects participating in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, which was tied for the most of any NHL team. And they all had solid showings.

Here's a recap of how each of the seven players performed:

Evan Barratt, F — USA (Third round, No. 90 overall in 2017)

A breakout star in the Blackhawks organization, Barratt made a strong first impression with USA after scoring the game-winning goal, recording a game-high seven shots on net and logging 15:43 of ice time in their opening 2-1 win over Slovakia, earning player of the game honors.

Barratt followed that up with another good performance in an 8-2 win over Kazakhstan by registering eight shots on goal and having a plus-1 rating. But he was held off the scoresheet in the final six games, and logged only 10:46 of ice time in USA's 3-2 loss to Finland in the gold medal game.

He did, however, rank second on the team with 25 shots on goal in seven total games, which is a positive. Barratt isn't known for being a highly-skilled offensive player despite his terrific numbers (29 points in 17 games) at Penn State this season, so it's hard to judge him strictly by that. He's the kind of player who does a lot of little things right that don't appear on the scoresheet, such as going to the greasy areas and bringing a physical element to the game.

In the faceoff department, Barratt ranked third on USA and 15th overall with a 52.0 win percentage. That's encouraging.

All in all, being a part of this tournament should serve as a great learning experience for Barratt, who can take what he learned back to college with him and eventually Blackhawks training camp next September.

Adam Boqvist, D — Sweden (First round, No. 8 overall in 2018)

Boqvist went into the tournament on a hot streak, having scored eight goals in his past eight games with the London Knights. He was expected to play a big role for Sweden as one of the youngest players — he turned 18 in August — and he did just that.

The Blackhawks' top prospect had four points (one goal, three assists) in five games, tied a team-high with a plus-4 rating, ranked second with 20 shots on goal and averaged 19:27 of ice time, which ranked third on Sweden.

The highlight of his tournament came when he scored the game-winning goal in overtime to beat USA 5-4:

MacKenzie Entwistle, F — Canada (Third round, No. 69 overall in 2017)

Entwistle started the tournament as Canada's 13th forward. And then he became a permanent fixture on their fourth line because of his contributions on offense and the role he played on the penalty kill.

Entwistle scored a goal in each of the first three games for Canada and had a plus-4 rating. He averaged only 8:25 of ice time per game, but certainly made the most of it when he was on the ice.

Here's his third goal of the tournament against the Czech Republic:

After the tournament ended, Entwistle was part of a big OHL deal. He was traded from the Hamilton Bulldogs to the Guelph Storm in the OHL for five draft picks.

Jakub Galvas, D — Czech Republic (Fifth round, No. 150 overall in 2017)

This was Galvas' second appearance at the World Juniors and he served as the alternate captain for the Czech Republic, playing a leadership role both on and off the ice.

He's not the kind of defenseman that will light up the scoresheet. He registered one assist, had a minus-2 rating and five shots on goal in five games. 

Where his value comes into play is the heavy minutes he eats. Galvas led his country in ice time per game (21:33); only three other skater averaged more than 19 minutes.

He played in all situations and was the Czech Republic's rock on the back end.

Henri Jokiharju, D — Finland (First round, No. 29 overall in 2017)

The Blackhawks loaned Jokiharju to Finland because they felt participating in this tournament would be beneficial for his development. His strong display reaffirmed that he's one of the top players at his age group and belongs in the NHL.

Jokiharju had two goals, three assists, a plus-6 rating, tied for second on the team with 24 shots on goal and average 22:32 of ice time, which ranked second on Finland. Both of his goals were scored on the power play. Here's a look at his first:

Jokiharju assisted on the game-winning goal with 1:12 left as Finland beat USA 3-2 to capture the gold medal. At the end of the tournament, he was voted one of Finland's three best players by the coaches. The Blackhawks have to be pleased with his tournament, and are equally excited to have him back.

Philipp Kurashev, F — Switzerland (Fourth round, No. 120 overall in 2018)

If you're wondering which Blackhawks player stood out the most, it's Kurashev and it's not even close. He was Switzerland's best player every night.

In seven games, Kurashev had a tournament-leading six goals, seven points, led his country with 28 shots on goal and averaged 19:56 of ice time, which ranked third on the team and first among forwards. Four of his goals came on the power play and one was a game-winner.

Kurashev also netted a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Denmark and was named player of the game for Switzerland on two separate occassions, which help earn him tournament All-Star honors.

Here's his hat trick goal:

Ian Mitchell, D — Canada (Second round, No. 57 overall in 2017)

When you're on Canada, it's hard to stand out because there are so many great players. Mitchell didn't have a flashy tournament, but he was reliable and stepped up when his country needed him the most.

In five games, Mitchell had three points (one goal, two assists), a plus-6 rating, seven shots on goal and averaged 15:42 of ice time. His best highlight came in the quarterfinals against Finland when he scored his only goal of the tournament to put Canada up 1-0.

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Blackhawks' Patrick Kane named NHL's third star after another monster week

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane named NHL's third star after another monster week

For the third time in a month, Patrick Kane has been named an NHL star of the week. 

The 30-year-old Blackhawks winger received third star honors after recording 10 points (four goals, six assists) in three games.
Kane kicked off the week with a four-point outing in New Jersey, where he scored two goals and had a pair of primary assists while logging a career-high 28:50 of ice time in an 8-5 loss to the Devils on Monday. He followed that up by registering an assist in a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Kane wrapped up the week with a five-point game on Sunday against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, scoring two goals and adding three assists in an 8-5 win during NBC's Game of the Week.

Kane's point streak is up to a season-long eight games. He has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) over that span, and has moved up to fifth in the NHL with 70 points.

Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner was named the first star, respectively, after going 3-0-0 and stopping 65 on 67 shots for a .970 save percentage and 0.67 goals against average in three games while Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad was named the second star after having seven points (five goals, two assists) and scoring the game-winning goal in all three games.

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Four takeaways: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews put on show as Blackhawks snap losing streak

Four takeaways: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews put on show as Blackhawks snap losing streak

Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 8-5 win over the Washington Capitals at the United Center on Sunday:

1. Dueling five-point games by 19 and 88

When you play the defending Stanley Cup champions, your top guys need to play like it. And the Blackhawks' did just that.

Reunited on the top line as the nuclear option, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each registsered five-point outings, with Kane having two goals and three assists and Toews netting a hat trick and two assists. 

Toews also became the third active player to score at least 20 goals in his first 12 NHL seasons, joining Kane and Alex Ovechkin.

"We can play together for a long time and might not always get games like that, obviously," Toews said. "I think today the chances that we did get we converted and he was doing a good job in his own end chipping pucks out and their D men really pressuring, so we got some odd-man rushes. Drake [Caggiula] did a great job of going to the net and creating space. The two of us, Drake and I, know that it's kind of our game to go play puck possession and try to give it to Kaner when he has time and space. It was nice to see a bunch go in for us."

2. A whacky first period

We hope you didn't oversleep because there was a whole lot of action from the moment the puck dropped during NBC's Game of the Week.

The Blackhawks and Capitals combined for four goals in the first period, three of which were credited to Chicago but one that received a major assist from Washington after Dmitri Orlov swatted the puck into his own net. There was even a disallowed goal in there with Chris Kunitz scoring from underneath the net when the moorings were off, but it was reviewed and waved off.

The Blackhawks had three goals on five shots at one point for a shooting percentage of 60, and took a 3-1 lead into first intermission. The Capitals finished with one goal on 15 shots in the opening frame.

"It was a fun game," Kane said. "Kind of like a playoff-type atmosphere, playoff-type game. It was back and forth, it seemed like no matter how big our lead, we couldn't make it big enough to feel comfortable. Overall I think it was a good win for us."

3. A crazier second period

The first period was highly entertaining. But that was just a warm-up to what the second period offered. Because things got chippy.

Kane and Ovechkin were seen jawing at each other near center ice, which led to an exchange shortly after. Kane whacked Ovechkin, who responded by shoving Kane's helmet off. It eventually led to a larger scrum at the end of the shift, with Connor Murphy and Ovechkin getting penalized for roughing.

Less than one minute later, Tom Wilson laid a hit on Duncan Keith, which prompted longtime partner Brent Seabrook to come to his defense. That's when things went off the rails. Four penalties were assessed on the play, and each of them fell under a different category: roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct, hooking and slashing. At one point the Blackhawks had four skaters in the box before it was determined that Seabrook was not part of it.

In total, seven penalties were assessed in the second period and six of them came within a 39-second span. It had an old-time hockey feel to it.

"Yeah, there was a lot happening," coach Jeremy Colliton said. "But I think there was a lot happening the whole game, it just wasn't wasn't the second period. That third period pucks were going in the net like crazy also. Entertaining game. Hopefully the fans got their money's worth, but they still get to get home at a decent time."

4. Save of the Year?

Collin Delia was solid for the Blackhawks. He gave up a few goals from low-danger areas that he certainly would've loved to have back, but he made up for that by making the big stops from high-danger areas and at key times.

Most notably, Delia provided hockey fans with the potential Save of the Year candidate when he made an acrobatic stop on Wilson, which drew a standing ovation from the United Center crowd:

"Just trying to get something in front of the net, keep the puck out of the net at whatever cost," Delia said. "Just trying to fill space, quite honestly. I think it was a shot, guy wrapped it and I thought he was going to try to tuck it, so I just made a desperation [save] and then I had to somehow get to my feet or get to my knees again to seal the bottom of the ice."

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