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2019 NHL Prospect tournament: Blackhawks vs. Maple Leafs preview

Toronto won its tournament opener, 6-2 over St. Louis.

NHL Prospects Tournament Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

The Blackhawks will face a tough task Saturday when they face the Maple Leafs at the NHL Prospect tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.

Nicholas Robertson scored twice in Toronto’s 6-2 win over the Blues on Friday. Four of the Maple Leafs’ six goals came on the power play. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev also recorded two assists and Ian Scott stopped 19 of 21 shots.

Chicago also won its opening game of the tournament, with Adam Boqvist scoring 43 seconds into overtime for a 5-4 victory over the Red Wings. Kirby Dach, MacKenzie Entwistle and Brandon Hagel each had a goal and an assist. Alexis Gravel made 27 saves, including a diving stop in the final minute to force overtime.

Free-agent invitee Nick Kossoff (NCAA Lake Superior State) will get the start in net for Chicago. Defenseman Jake Ryczek (2016 seventh rounder), who is also on an AHL deal, takes over on the third pairing with Cole Moberg in place of Jack Ramsey.

Another free-agent invitee Sean Josling (OHL Sarnia) will take Michal Teply’s spot at right wing on the second line. Teply will move to the fourth line and Cole Purboo (OHL Windsor) and Reese Johnson. Liam Coughlin will sit out.

Lines via Blackhawks senior writer Chris Kuc.

Projected lines


Brandon Hagel — Kirby Dach — Riley McKay*

Tim SoderlundPhilipp Kurashev — Sean Josling*

Mikael Hakkarainen — MacKenzie Entwistle — Dylan McLaughlin

Cole Purboo* — Reese Johnson — Michal Teply


Dennis Gilbert — Adam Boqvist

Nicolas BeaudinChad Krys

Jake Ryczek — Cole Moberg


Nick Kossoff

Alexis Gravel

*Free agent invitee

How to watch

Who: Blackhawks vs. Maple Leafs

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Traverse City, Michigan

Live stream:,, FoxSportsGo