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Chicago Blackhawks World Juniors Wrap Up

By Nick Meyers
VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 5: Henri Jokiharju #15 of Finland bites his medal for a photo during the post-game celebrations after defeating the United States 3-2 in the Gold Medal game of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship on January, 5, 2019 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 5: Henri Jokiharju #15 of Finland bites his medal for a photo during the post-game celebrations after defeating the United States 3-2 in the Gold Medal game of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship on January, 5, 2019 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /
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Ian Mitchell, D (Canada)

2017 – 2nd Round, 57th overall

The University of Denver sophomore started the tournament hot with two assists and a +4 rating in 16:56 of ice time. Nearly the whole Canadian roster was on the scoresheet in some fashion in the *checks notes* 14-0 shellacking of Denmark.

Ian Mitchell took a two-minute tripping penalty in the second period of the Canada – Czech Republic game.  The Canadians took the game against the Czechs 5-1 with Mitchell finishing with a +1 rating.

In the quarterfinals against Finland, Mitchell opened up the scoring for Canada.

https://twitter.com/HockeyDaily365/status/1080627604212908032

The thriller between Canada and Finland ended in OT with Canada dropping out of the tournament.

"“It’s a game of inches,” Mitchell said. “One little bounce or turn of events can put you out of the tournament.”"

Mitchell returns to the University of Denver with 3 points and +6 rating in the tournament.

MacKenzie Entwistle, RW (Canada)

2017 – 3rd round, 69th overall (Arizona)

It’s safe to say many Chicago Blackhawks fans have had their eyes on this right-winger after Chicago acquired him in the Nick Schmaltz trade.

Mackenzie Entwistle tallied the 14th goal in Canada’s game against Denmark with 10:35 time on ice and 2 shots on goal.

He took that momentum into the game against the Swiss and scored a goal in the second period. Entwistle tallied a goal in the preliminary match against the Czech Republic.

https://twitter.com/TSN_Sports/status/1079206772748009472

Entwistle ended World Juniors with 3 goals and +4 rating in 5 games.  He was traded on January 5th from the Hamilton Bulldogs to the Guelph Storm.

Philipp Kurashev, C (Switzerland)

2018 – 4th Round, 120th overall

Philipp Kurashev had himself a time at the World Juniors.  With his level of production, one wonders how he would have gone off if Switzerland wasn’t eliminated in the Bronze game against Russia.

Here he is lighting the lamp for the lone Swiss goal against Finland.

https://twitter.com/HockeyDaily365/status/1081367676465938434

It’s incredible how he attacks the net and does not give up on the puck.  It’s looking like Kurashev was a steal being taken in the 4th round.

He finished the tournament with 6 goals and 1 assist and was named to the World Juniors’ Media All-Star Team.

Kurashev will head back to the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL where he already has 43 points in 33 games.

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