The 2019 World Juniors have come to a close and Chicago Blackhawks prospects shined throughout the tournament.
It’s the start of the new year and the U20 World Junior Championship has officially come and gone. Finland, led by 2019 draft-eligible Kaapo Kakko, took the gold medal in a 3-2 thriller against the United States. Russia and the U.S. finished with bronze and silver, respectfully. Let’s take a look at how the Chicago Blackhawks prospects fared in the tournament.
Adam Boqvist, D (Sweden)
2018 – 1st Round, 8th overall
Ah, Adam Boqvist. The D-man most Chicago Blackhawks fans expected to see on the NHL roster after going 8th overall at the draft. Boqvist is arguably the most eagerly anticipated prospect in Chicago’s system in the World Juniors this year.
Sweden opened up their World Junior play against Finland. Boqvist tallied 2 assists on 4 shots on goal in the 2-1 victory. In 15:31 of ice time he put up 6 shots on goal. Solid outing to start the tournament with a win for this squad.
Boqvist contributed another assist for the 5-2 win over Slovakia. He remained a consistent contributor, ending the game with a +1 and 19:33 of ice time.
Sweden and United Stated went to OT, at 4 all. Bovist tallied the GWG to lift the Swedes over the U.S.
After rolling over Kazakstan 4-1 with Boqvist contributing 5 shots on goal and a +1 rating, Sweden then went up against Switzerland. Boqvist wasn’t on the scoresheet in the upset handed out by the Swiss. Sweden was eliminated from the tournament after the 2-0 loss. Boqvist is heading back to the London Knights while Blackhawks fans patiently await his arrival in Chicago.
Jakub Galvas, D (Czech Republic)
2017 – 5th Round, 150th overall
Jakub Galvas logged one point (assist) in the 3-2 OT win over Switzerland. The secondary assist was in the first goal of the tournament for the Czech Republic. He led the squad with 24:59 in time on ice and tallied 3 shots on goal.
In the next preliminary game against Russia, the defenseman didn’t tally a point in the 2-1 loss. He recorded 20:51 of ice time and a -1 rating.
The Czech’s toughest opponent came against the Canadiens. While not logging a point, Galvas again led the team in ice time with 21:08 and ended the game with 2 shots on goal. The Czech Republic lost to Canada 5-1.
Galvas logged 2 penalty minutes for tripping and one shot on goal in the 4-0 loss to Denmark. As a whole, this may have been the Czech’s poorest performance. The squad ramped up the offense in the 3rd but were unable to get on the board.
The Czech’s run in the WJC ended in a 31 loss to the United States. The 19-year-old recorded just one assist in the tournament. He will report back to the HC Olomouc in the Czech Extraliga.
Evan Barratt, C (United States)
2017 – 3rd Round, 90th overall
Evan Barratt scored the game-winning goal in the United States’ first game of the tournament against Slovakia. The Penn State freshman ended that game with 15:43 of ice time and 4 shots on goal.
Barratt didn’t tally points in any of the following games in the tournament. The U.S. marched all the way to the Gold Medal game but Barratt couldn’t crack the scoreboard again on the stacked squad. He ended the tournament with 1 point, 4 penalty minutes and a -2 rating.