On Jan. 2, the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Junior Championships begin in Buffalo. All five of the Blackhawks’ prospects (representing four countries) have successfully advanced to the tournament.
On Wednesday, Henri Jokiharju and Finland face Jakub Galvas and the Czech Republic.
Tim Soderlund and Sweden face Slovakia.
Artur Kayumov, Andrei Altybarmakyan and Russia take on the United States.
Here’s how the Hawks’ prospects have performed thus far.
- Henri Jokiharju, D, Finland
Acquired: Round 1 (#29) – 2017 NHL Draft
4 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points
Jokiharju, the Hawks’ most recent first round pick, is playing for the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL this season. He has been dominant in the WHL, posting seven goals and 30 assists through 31 games. He has been one of the better defensemen at the World Junior Tournament and could sign a pro contract with the Blackhawks after his WHL season ends this year. He was named player of the game in Finland’s 4-1 win over Denmark. He became the first defenseman selected by the Blackhawks in the first round since Dylan Olsen in 2009.
- Artur Kayumov, F, Russia
Acquired: Round 2 (#50) – 2016 NHL Draft
4 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points
Kayumov, 19, is playing for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in the KHL this season. He suffered a broken collarbone Oct. 9 against CSKA but has returned to the lineup and has had a fine tournament for Russia. He is second on his team in points and goals entering the playoffs.
- Andrei Altybarmakyan, F, Russia
Acquired: Round 3 (#70) – 2017 NHL Draft
4 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points
Altybarmakyan hasn’t produced a point yet in 13 games for St. Petersburg SKA in the KHL this season. He has put five shots on net and is minus-two for Russia at the World Juniors thus far.
- Tim Soderlund, F, Sweden
Acquired: Round 4 (#112) – 2017 NHL Draft
4 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points
Soderlund, who turns 20 on Jan. 23, is playing for Skelleftea AIK in the SHL this season; he has six goals and two assists in 26 games in Sweden. He has put nine shots on net through four games.
- Jakub Galvas, D, Czech Republic
Acquired: Round 5 (#150) – 2017 NHL Draft
4 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point
Galvas has appeared in 30 games for Olomouc HC in the Czech league this year, posting eight points. He has five shots on net in the tournament.