Blackhawks Junior Prospect Roundup: 11/19 – 11/25


After a quiet week prior to this past week for Chicago Blackhawks junior prospects, the American Thanksgiving holiday brought around a lot of games, as well as a lot of great performances. Many teams in both the CHL and USHL played at least two games over the holiday weekend, with most teams playing three games.

Notable performances came from defensemen Adam Boqvist and Nicolas Beaudin, fellow 2018 first round draft picks, and forwards Philipp Kurashev and MacKenzie Entwistle.



After recording three points in pre-Thanksgiving action, the Sweden-native came out strong in London’s three games over the American holiday weekend. Although Boqvist was held scoreless in the third game of the weekend (a London Knights win), Boqvist recorded five points in the first two games.

On Thursday, November 22nd, Boqvist was a star for the Knights in their victory over the Mississauga Steelheads. The young defenseman scored two goals and added an assist in the 7-4 London win. The goals represented Boqvist’s third and fourth tallies of the season and the assist helped his point total climb to 17 points in 17 games.

On Friday, November 23rd, Boqvist once again had a multi-goal outing for the London Knights. Boqvist’s goal total climbed to six for the campaign, and another seven goal outing for the Knights powered them to their second win in as many days, this time a 7-2 victory over the Owen Sound Attack. After being held scoreless during Sunday’s action, Boqvist now has 19 points in as many games.

The Knights return to action on Friday, November 30th against the Erie Otters at home for one last game in the month of November. The Knights will remain at home, and after a day off, take on the Sarnia Sting on Sunday, December 2nd.



Beaudin registered at least one point in each of the three contests for Drummondville over the holiday weekend. On Friday, November 23rd, Beaudin registered one assist in a dominant 7-2 victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs in Saint John.

On Saturday, November 24th, Beaudin once again made his presence felt. Drummondville won 7-1 over the Moncton Wildcats, in Moncton, and Beaudin registered one goal and two assists. To continue his torrid pace, Beaudin also registered two assists in Drummondville’s Sunday win over the Halifax Mooseheads.  

Beaudin has been sensational since returning from a wrist injury early in the season. In 16 games, Beaudin has 3 goals and 15 assists, giving him a better than point-per-game pace. Since returning from injury, the Blackhawks’ first round pick has registered 9 points (2 goals, 7 assists) in seven games.

The Voltigeurs return to action on Friday, November 30th against Gatineau at home. The Voltigeurs will have a day off in Drummondville before taking on the Charlottetown Islanders, also at home, on Sunday, December 2nd.



Kurashev continued his marvelous campaign for the Remparts over the last week. Québec began their playing week on the 20th against the Moncton Wildcats. In the 6-3 loss for the Remparts, Kurashev registered his then 10th goal of the season.

On Friday, November 23rd against Val-d’Or, Kurashev recorded his second multi-goal game of the season for the Remparts. Despite the great individual effort, the Remparts dropped the contest to the Foreurs, 3-2 in overtime.   

After a day of rest, the Remparts returned to action on the 25th against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in Québec. Kurashev once again made his presence known, recording one goal and one assist in yet another losing effort. The Remparts lost in a shootout 4-3.

Kurashev has been spectacular for the Remparts this season. He now ranks tied for sixth in the QMJHL in scoring with 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) in only 27 games. He is currently ten points off the league lead.

Kurashev and the Remparts return to action on Wednesday, November 28th against the Victoriaville Tigres. The Remparts will play one last game in November on Friday the 30th against Chicoutimi, before beginning December action on Saturday, the 1st, against Baie-Comeau.  



Entwistle came into the weekend’s action with 17 points in 20 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Bulldogs captain had a strong weekend, posting three goals and one assist for the Bulldogs in three games over the weekend, all despite being held scoreless in Hamilton’s first game on Friday, November 23rd.

On Saturday, November 24th, Entwistle scored two goals for the Bulldogs, his fourth multi-goal game of the season. Entwistle’s two goals helped lift the Bulldogs to a 5-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs. The goals were Entwistle’s 9th and 10th for the season. One of Entwistle’s goals on Saturday was a beauty! After shaking off a defender, Entwistle skated in on a breakaway to score.

On Sunday, November 25th, Entwistle followed up his two goal performance with one goal and one assist in a losing effort to the Peterborough Petes. Entwistle collected his 11th goal and 10th assist giving him 21 total points, which puts him tied for fourth on the Bulldogs this season in scoring. 

The Hamilton Bulldogs return to action on Friday, November 30th, in Mississauga, to take on the Steelheads. The Bulldogs also play on Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd. Both games are at home against the Windsor Spitfires and Niagara IceDogs, respectively.



  • Mikael Hakkarainen – Muskegon Lumberjacks – 2 Assists
  • Brandon Hagel – Red Deer Rebels – 1 Goal, 1 Assist
  • Jake Ryczek – Halifax Mooseheads – 1 Assist
  • Alexis Gravel – Halifax Mooseheads – 1 Win, 2 Losses

Check out this pass over the weekend from Mikael Hakkarainen. Although not talked about above, certainly worth sharing!


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