Blackhawks Junior Prospect Roundup: 10/31 – 11/4


Prospects action returned this week as nearly all Blackhawks’ prospects were playing numerous games. Defensemen Nicolas Beaudin and Adam Boqvist did not play this weekend for their respective clubs. Beaudin is out with a wrist injury and per Scott Powers, Boqvist was held out for precautionary reasons due to concussion history after taking a hit to the head.

Notable performances came from forwards Philipp Kurashev, Mikael Hakkarainen and Josiah Slavin. Other prospects such as Mackenzie Entwistle and Alexis Gravel had strong weekends as well.



Kurashev continues to pace Québec Remparts scorers with 23 points in 19 games in the QMJHL.

Québec began their three game stretch since the last roundup on October 31st against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Kurashev did not tally a point in the game as Québec was shutout 3-0.

The Remparts returned to action on Friday, November 2nd against the Victoriaville Tigers. Although Québec dropped the matchup 5-4 in a shootout, Kurashev tallied two assists and six shots on goal. Sunday’s game started off well for the visitors. After falling behind 1-0 to the Gatineau Olympiques after the first period, the Remparts scored two goals in the second to take a 2-1 lead. Kurashev was responsible for one of the goals, recording his 6th goal of the season.

Fans will have to wait until Monday, January 14th, 2019 to learn the outcome of this contest. The game was postponed after a power outage in Gatineau at Centre Robert-Guertin.

Québec returns to action Tuesday, November 6th against Rouyn-Noranda once again before playing the following night against the Val-d’Or Foreurs. The Remparts finish up the week with their third road game in as many outings against the Shawinigan Cataractes on Friday, November 9th.



Hakkarainen continued his torrid pace, adding four total points during Muskegon’s two games this past week. On November 1st, Hakkarainen recorded two goals and one assist, while also recording eight shots on net. Hakkarainen was dominant against Team USA.

Hakkarainen finished off the weekend with one assist on November 3rd against the Chicago Steel. The assist was Hakkarainen’s 13th point in only seven games. Hakkarainen is now tied for the team lead in points with having played four less games than teammate Bobby Lynch, who has also tallied 13 points.

Muskegon returns to action on Friday, November 9th for three games in three days. Muskegon plays back-to-back games against the Youngstown Phantoms in Muskegon on the 9th and 10th. On November 11th, the Lumberjacks travel to Central Illinois to take on the Flying Aces.



The younger brother of Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin, recorded his first three-point game of the season for the Lincoln Stars. The Colorado College commit tallied one goal and two assists on Friday, November 2nd against the Omaha Lancers. Although Slavin was successful personally, Lincoln dropped the contest 5-4 in overtime.

The 2018 7th round pick will return to action with his teammates on Friday, November 9th for three games in three days. The Lincoln Stars will be home on the 9th and 11th against Sioux Falls and Tri-City, respectively. The Stars will be in Sioux City for their contest on the 10th.



After a quiet game against Oshawa last weekend, Entwistle registered two points in his last three games. Entwistle was scoreless on October 28th and November 3rd against North Bay and Kingston, respectively.  

The Hamilton captain tallied two assists on November 4th against the Owen Sound Attack. The Hamilton Bulldogs were able to capture a 5-2 victory in large part due to great performances from Entwistle and teammates Brandon Saigeon (one goal, one assist) and Arthur Kaliyev (two goals and one assist).

The Hamilton Bulldogs return to action on Friday, November 9th against the Kingston Frontenacs. Hamilton finishes their weekend action against Peterborough on Saturday, November 10th. Both games are on the road for the Bulldogs.



Alexis Gravel picked up his 10th win of the season for the Halifax Mooseheads on Saturday, November 3rd. Gravel followed up his 10th win with a solid outing against Moncton on November 4th, falling in overtime. Gravel made 60 saves on 65 shots in Halifax’s two games over the weekend. Gravel is now 10-4-1 on the season with a 2.86 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.



  • Jake Ryczek – 3 shots on goal


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