Landon Slaggert did his job, and now the Chicago Blackhawks prospect is apart of a championship team.
Team USA won gold at the World Junior Championship on Tuesday night, beating Canada 2-0. There was one member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization participating in the event in Landon Slaggert. Slaggert was the fourth line center for Team USA.
In seven games played, Slaggert tallied no goals and no assists during the tournament. However, he did his job as the fourth line grinding center very well. It will be a long time before the Blackhawks see Slaggert on their roster, so in the meantime, it is nice to see the third-round pick from 2020 win in a tournament like this.
Slaggert and the United States beat Team Canada in the final, a team that was captained by Kirby Dach until he fell to injury within the first few days of the tournament. While it was a great tournament in all, it is still a little frustrating seeing Chicago now have to move forward without Dach.
If you want a recap of the game from last night, check out an article by our friends over at Rink Royalty. When it comes to the World Junior Championships, moving forward, I hope to see Chicago have more prospects selected for the event.
Teams like the Los Angeles Kings had nine of their prospects selected to participate. While having prospects play in the event is not the deciding factor in how the organization’s farm system is doing, it is still nice to see prospects participate.
Watching events like the World Juniors reminds me of why the Blackhawks rebuild might take a little bit longer than Chicago fans would hope. Sure Patrick Kane and company can say that they plan to be expectations this season, but at the end of the day, Chicago does not have the supporting talent at the current moment.