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Blackhawks NCAA prospect report: Ian Mitchell continues hot start

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The defenseman adds a power play goal and two assists this week.

2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championships - Semifinals Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images

Evan Barratt, C (Big 10, Penn State)

Weekly stats: 2 GP, 1A, 9 shots, 2 PIM

Season stats: 4 GP, 3A, 4 PIM, 50% FO, +3, 1 BLK

Barratt is producing just under a point per game early on in his junior season at Penn State. He had a secondary assist, six shots and was 4-for-9 on faceoffs in the Nittany Lions’ 7-0 win over Alaska then had three shots and was 5-for-8 on faceoffs in a shocking 4-0 loss the next night to Alaska. Expectations are high this season for Penn State and Barratt to make a run in the NCAA tournament.

Josh Ess, LH-D (Big 10, Wisconsin)

Weekly stats: 2 GP, 1 shot, +3, 1 BLK

Season stats: 4 GP, 2A, +3, 1 BLK

After having two assists during the opening weekend, Ess didn’t register a point in Wisconsin’s weekend sweep of reigning NCAA champion Minnesota Duluth. He had one shot, blocked another and was on the ice for three Badger goals in a 6-2 win. Wisconsin is one of the most intriguing teams to watch this season with such a NHL prospect-heavy roster with great offensive upside that should see Ess’ numbers increase from his sophomore season’s five goals and eight assists in 37 games.

Parker Foo, LW (ECAC, Union)

Season stats: None

Foo has missed the first six games of the season with an undisclosed injury. He had five goals and 15 points in 35 games during his sophomore season.

Ian Mitchell, RH-D (NCHC, Denver)

Weekly stats: 2 GP, 1G, 2A, 9 SOG, 3 BLK

Season stats: 6 GP, 3G, 4A, 17 SOG, 2 PIM, +3, 3 BLK

Mitchell has two goals this season: win a national title and the Hobey Baker Award. So far so good as he’s averaging more than a point per game and No. 1 Denver is 6-0 after a weekend home sweep of No. 6 Boston College. Mitchell had a primary assist in Game 1 then went off in the second with a power play goal and two primary assists and seven shots.

Both highlights below are from Game 2:

Mitchell is being paired with Golden Knights 2018 fourth-rounder Slava Demin on the second pairing. The Pioneers should add two more wins next week against Niagara before a NCAA championship rematch against Minnesota Duluth.

Ryan Shea, LH-D (Hockey East, Northeastern)

Weekly stats: 2 GP, 3 shots, +2, 2 BLK

Season stats: 4 GP, 9 shots, 2 PIM, -1, 6 BLK

Shea is still hanging around in Chicago’s system. He’s not offensive-minded defenseman and won’t be putting up points like some others. He had one shot and a plus-1 rating against No. 4 UMass then had two shots and plus-rating against Holy Cross. The senior blocked a shot in each game.

Josiah Slavin, LW/C (NCHC, Colorado College)

Weekly stats: None

Season stats: 2 GP, 2 shots, 54.54 FO%, 2 PIM

Colorado College did not play this past week. Slavin recorded a shot in each game against Minnesota during the Tigers’ opening weekend. He played at wing in the first game then was moved to center for the next game and was 6-for-11 on faceoffs. Chicago Steel head coach Greg Moore mainly played him at center last season due to Slavin’s size (6-foot-3, 191 pounds) and strength against smaller players.

Alex Vlasic, LH-D (Hockey East, Boston)

Weekly stats: 2 GP, 1A, +2, 2 BLK

Season stats: 3 GP, 1A, 1 SOG, +2, 2 BLK

Vlasic recorded his first collegiate point with a secondary assist and blocked two shots for BU in his second game. Watch the sequence below on Vlasic’s helper:

Vlasic is on the third pairing with Red Wings prospect Kasper Kotkansalo, a junior. The duo are among six NHL defenseman prospects for the Terriers.

Jake Wise, C (Hockey East, Boston)

Weekly stats: 2 GP, 3A, 3 SOG, 1 BLK

Season stats: 3 GP, 3A, 6 SOG, 68.7 FO%, 1 BLK

Wise is averaging an assist per game for BU, highlighted by his second game of the season in which he had two secondary assists, two shots on goal and was 11-for-20 on faceoffs. He added a primary assist and one shot in BU’s 4-3 loss to Northern Michigan, but struggled with faceoffs by going 3 for 15.

Here’s a look at one of Wise’s (No. 17) assists.

It wasn’t hard, but Wise has already surpassed his point total of two assist from his freshman season in 12 games.