Although the NHL season is over for the Chicago Blackhawks, fans got to see a handful of Blackhawks players take the ice for one last time before heading into the offseason.
There were a total of six Chicago Blackhawks` players participating in the IIHF, and three of those players walked away with gold medals around their necks with Canada winning in overtime against Finland 3-2.
Canada had a shaky start to the tournament losing their first three games but quickly turned it around winning their next three games and losing their final game to Finland in overtime in preliminaries. Canada ended up capturing the last playoff spot in Group B and went on defeat ROC, USA, and got their revenge against Finland in the gold medal game defeating them in OT.
Brandon Hagel appeared in 10 games but did not record a goal or an assist and that is largely due to the fact that he was on a stacked Canada team which included NHL regulars such as Connor Brown and Andrew Mangiapane who led the way for this team.
With that said, being a part of a gold medal team is still a step forward in Hagel`s progression as a young NHL prospect and will benefit his game moving forward with the Blackhawks.
Brandon Pirri was also on Canada’s team appearing in all 10 games scoring three goals and finishing the tournament with three points. Pirri`s best game of the tournament came in the semifinals against USA scoring the first goal of the game and would then go on to advancing to the gold medal game.
Last and certainly not least is Nicolas Beaudin who is another young prospect on the Blackhawks team that got an opportunity to represent his county in the IIHF. Beaudin finished the tournament appearing in all 10 games, recording one assist and one point.
Nikita Zadorov was the lone Blackhawks` player to represent ROC and ended up losing to his Canadian teammates in the first round losing 1-2 in overtime. Zadorov appeared in eight games total in this tournament recording three assists for a total of three points.
Zadorov`s best game of the tournament came against Great Britain where he recorded two assists, leading ROC to a 7-1 win.
Moving on to the Czech Republic, Dominik Kubalik had an outstanding showing at IIHF appearing in seven games scoring a team-high three goals, recording three assists, for another team-high of six points.
For Kubalik this performance was not unexpected, especially after the solid season he had with the Blackhawks finishing in the top three in goals, assists, and points.
Unfortunately for the Czech Republic, they had an early exit to this tournament falling to Finland in the first round losing 0-1.
Yet another young Blackhawks` prospect was seen playing in the IIHF as Philipp Kurashev played excellently in this tournament. Kurashev appeared in eight games scoring one goal, recording four assists, for a total of five points.
Despite Kurashev`s impressive stat line, Switzerland fell to Germany losing 2-3 in a shootout in the quarterfinals.
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Overall, the best performer out of the Blackhawks` players in this tournament has to be Dominik Kubalik as his contributions were significant to his team, and was easily the best player on Czech Republic. Moreover, the best Blackhawks prospect in this tournament is Phillip Kurshaev as he was extremely efficient on the ice and was able to make plays for his teammates, just as he does on the Blackhawks.