How’d the Hawks prospects perform at the 2019 WJC?

Here’s our recap of the Blackhawks prospects at the 2019 World Junior Championships.

Philipp Kurashev, F, Switzerland
Drafted: 4th round (#120) – 2018 NHL Draft

Kurashev was one of the break-out stars of the tournament. He led the tournament in goals with six and put 28 shots on net while averaging 15:42 TOI. Four of his goals came on the power play as the Swiss ran all the way to the bronze medal game, losing to Russia.

Adam Boqvist, D, Sweden
Drafted: 1st round (#8) – 2018 NHL Draft

Chicago’s top blue line prospect scored one goal with three assists in an underwhelming tournament for Sweden. He finished plus-four in five games and scored the overtime game-winning goal against the United States.

Henri Jokiharju, D, Finland
Drafted: 1st round (#29) – 2017 NHL Draft

After skating in 32 games for the Blackhawks to open the season, Jokiharju was loaned to Finland for the tournament. He averaged 22:32 TOI and finished the tournament with five points (two power play goals, three assists) in seven games as Finland won the gold medal. He collected one assist in the finale and is set to rejoin the Blackhawks this week.

Ian Mitchell, D, Canada
Drafted: 2nd round (#57) – 2017 NHL Draft

Mitchell scored one goal and added two assists while averaging 15:42 TOI. He was a key contributor on both special teams for Canada. He finished the tournament plus-six.

MacKenzie Entwistle, F, Canada
Acquired: via trade from Phoenix

Entwistle played a bottom-six role but contributed three goals in five games for Canada.

Evan Barratt, C, USA
Drafted: 3rd round (#90) – 2017 NHL Draft

Barratt scored the game-winning goal in the United States’ win over Slovakia and put 25 shots on net in the tournament. He won 52 percent of his faceoffs as the second line center for the United States. He’ll return to Penn State, where he’s having a marvelous season; he has 13 goals and 16 assists in 17 games.

Jakub Galvas, D, Czech
Drafted: 5th round (#150) – 2017 NHL Draft

Galvas had one assist in five games in the tournament and averaged 21:33 TOI.

11 thoughts on “How’d the Hawks prospects perform at the 2019 WJC?

  • January 7, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Lots of potential there, could fill many future roles.
    Kurashev a potential goal scoring pp specialist forward who can skate. Barrett another Shaw type worker with skill who may be an up and down the libeup type. Entwistle a future shutdown two way center, pk specialist.

    High end defensemen Jokiharju already showing his promise and Boqvist, Mitchell soon to arrive and impact. Galvas has potential to have a Hammer type impact in a couple of years also.

    Throw in almost there but for injury Nordgren with top 9 skill and late cut Beaudin with top 4 skill and its an even more impressive list.

  • January 7, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Saw the 3rd period of the Sweden-Switzerland game and Boqvist looked like the most dangerous Swede out there – almost scored a couple of times, making nice passes

  • January 7, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Fair is fair, have to give Bowman credit. And even though I was against drafting him b/c it was another D-man on top of another D-man, if you ask me, Beaudin will be a better NHL D-man than Boquist. The sky is the limit for Kusharev.

    Bowman’s strength for certain (or his scouts, but same difference) is the young players. Signed Delia as well. Hagle is an under the radar, good signing. Highmore as well. Guys w/ speed, high motors, and offensive skillsets you can’t teach. Like Debrincat.

    Bowman should still be fired, simply b/c he train wrecked the season, last year as well. Two wasted years for Kane & Toews while they are not ancient yet and producing at a high level, especially considering some of the players around them.

    Good day.

  • January 7, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Ian Mitchell may be the sleeper that outperforms them all-so impressed by his quiet, steady play in both ends.
    Would love to see a pair of Joki and Mitchell.
    It was interesting to here one of the TSN insiders say Beaudin would have helped Canada team offensively-he’s now +42 already in the QMJHL.

  • January 7, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Mitchell and Jokiharju are both right shots…

  • January 7, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Sorry, your right, I actually knew that but my mistake was I thought for some reason that all 4 we’re right handed-but Beaudin isn’t (Boqvist is) and they would possibly have to at some point.
    It will be great to have that much mobility .
    Actually it is a nice mix if you include Krys, Shea and Galvas. (checked, this time-all left)
    Raddysh a right shoot.

  • January 7, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Not sure with the way Colliton has shown no aversity about playing defencemen on their offside in Rockford or with the Blackhawks that pairing 2 same shots together is an issue with him or not. Providing they can handle it, have watched Mitchell play a little on his offside and seems fairly comfortable doing it. Either way can’t wait to see how it all plays out watching them take the blueline to an elite level.

  • January 7, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve been a huge fan of Ian Mitchell’s since he was drafted. Absolutely love the kid’s all-around game. I don’t think he’s a sleeper at all. Chicago has 4 potentially excellent young defensemen coming in Jokiharju, Boqvist, Mitchell & Beaudin (+ Dahlstrom).

  • January 7, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Great showing for the hawks prospects at the worlds juniors.
    Its exciting times and great for the future of the hawks.

  • January 7, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    A lot to be optimistic about for sure. I loved the comment by Bowman to Scott Powers that H-J did not try to go to the World Juniors and do too much. Instead, he went and played his steady game at both ends and looked like an NHLer.

  • January 8, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Just remember Snuggerud was supposed to be the next Duncan Keith….look at him now.
    Let’s see who can perform at the next level and who will be the next bust.
    So with Gus showing top 2 pair skill and Murphy performing well, that leave you 3 openings on D…..Joki gets 1 of those….who gets the other 2 ? Are the Hawks going to give up on Dahlstrom, and the D Corp in Rockford ? Lots of tough decisions on who stays and who gets traded.
    Also, most of these D men will not get a chance to play til 2023 when Seabs and Keith’s contracts expire. Cause these guys WILL not wave their NMC, so unless they retire or go on LTIR, there will be no room for upcoming D. And some 9f these guys in Rockford deserve a shot in Chicago, Raddysh, Hillman, Gilbert….etc

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