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.
Evan Barratt (Blackhawks) gives USA a lead with a niiiice backhand pic.twitter.com/MWFIkdHEU2— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 27, 2018
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.