Three of the four quarterfinal games at the World Junior Championship will feature Blackhawks prospects. Each game will feature at least one prospect on each team.
Sweden vs. Switzerland
CHI prospects: SWE defenseman Adam Boqvist (2018 first), SWI center Phillip Kurashev (’18 fourth)
Kurashev is leading Blackhawks scorer in the tournament with five goals and six points. His goal total is tied for the tournament lead and he’s in tournament MVP conversation. Boqvist has four points, including the game-winning overtime goal against the United States in the preliminary round. He’s played top-four minutes for the Swedes.
Other players to watch: SWE’s Emil Bemstrom (CBJ) and Erik Brannstrom (VGK), SWI’s Nando Eggenberger (’19 draft) and Luca Hollenstein
Canada vs. Finland
CHI prospects: CAN winger MacKenzie Entwistle (’17 third via trade) and defenseman Ian Mitchell (’17 second), FIN defenseman Henri Jokiharju (’17 first)
Entwistle had a goal in each of his first three games before being held off the scoresheet against Russia in the preliminary final. Mitchell had two assists in Canada’s opener, but hasn’t score since while logging significant minutes in a second-pairing role.
Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko, the projected No. 2 overall pick in next year’s draft, has a goal and three points in four games.
Other players to watch: CAN’s Morgan Frost (PHI), Max Comtois (ANA), Evan Bouchard (EDM) and Alexis Lafreniere (’20 draft); FIN’s Kaapo Kakko (’19 draft), Eeli Tolvanen (NSH) and Jesse Ylonen (MTL)
Czech Republic vs. United States
CHI prospects: CZE defenseman Jakub Galvas (’17 fifth), USA center Evan Barratt (’17 third)
Barratt started the tournament with a slick backhanded goal, but hasn’t found scoresheet since despite creating several chances for himself and teammates. Galvas has one assist and been one of the Czech’s top defensemen.
American center Jack Hughes, who is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, has missed three straight games with an upper-body injury.
Other players to watch: CZE’s Martin Kaut (COL), Martin Necas (CAR), Filip Zadina (DET); USA’s Ryan Poehling (MTL), Joel Farabee (PHI), Quinn Hughes (VAN), Jack Hughes (’19 draft)
Quarterfinal games will air on NHL Network.
Relegation Game 1: Denmark vs. Kazakhstan, 1 p.m.
Quarterfinal: Sweden vs. Switzerland, 3 p.m.
Quarterfinal: Canada vs. Finland, 5:30 p.m.
Quarterfinal: Czech Republic vs. United States, 7 p.m.
Quarterfinal: Russia vs. Slovakia, 9:30 p.m.