The past six days have been very quiet for a few Blackhawks junior prospects. With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, numerous teams had this past weekend off, with the intention of playing numerous games this coming weekend.
Notable prospects Mikael Hakkarainen, Alexis Gravel and Jake Ryczek were not in action over the aforementioned stretch. However, for those Blackhawks prospects who were in action, many of them had fantastic outings for their respective clubs.
Performances worth mentioning come courtesy of Brandon Hagel, Adam Boqvist, Philipp Kurashev and Josiah Slavin. They all registered at least three points over their past few games.
BRANDON HAGEL – RED DEER REBELS – 1 GOAL, 6 ASSISTS
After signing an NHL deal with the Blackhawks a few weeks ago, Hagel had been consistent for Red Deer, registering at least a point in almost every game since inking his contract. However, over the last two games, Hagel was incredibly dominant.
On Friday, November 16th against the Kelowna Rockets, Hagel registered one goal and two assists for the Rebels, as they routed the Rockets 7-0 at home. The points were #31, #32 and #33 on the campaign for Hagel.
Not to outdo himself, but the following day against the Kootenay Ice, Hagel registered four assists in yet another Rebels victory! The Rebels took the game in overtime, with Hagel registering the primary assist on the overtime game-winner, which set up teammate Reese Johnson for the hat trick.
After two incredible performances for the 20-year-old, Hagel has now recorded 37 points in only 20 games in the WHL. Despite being an overager, Hagel’s performances have been incredible thus far. The Rebels return to action on Friday, November 23rd at Kootenay before returning home on Saturday, November 24th to take on Medicine Hat. The Rebels will also play back-to-back games on the 27th and 28th against Prince Albert and Medicine Hat, respectively.
ADAM BOQVIST – LONDON KNIGHTS – 1 GOAL, 2 ASSISTS
Boqvist looks like he has picked up his solid pace that he began the season with before missing time with injury. The London Knights played three games in three days, with Boqvist recording points in two of those three games.
On Friday, November 16th, Boqvist had two secondary assists in a Knights’ victory over the Peterborough Petes. The two points gave Boqvist 13 points through only 15 games played for London this year.
After being left off the scoresheet in a 2-1 shootout victory for the Knights on Saturday, Boqvist scored his second goal of the season in a 6-3 win over the Erie Otters on Sunday, giving the Knights three wins in three days over the weekend. The goal gave Boqvist his 14th point in only his 16th game this season.
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Boqvist and the Knights return to action on November 22nd, American Thanksgiving, against the Mississauga Steelheads in London. London plays the Owen Sound Attack the following day and on Sunday, November 25th they take on the Windsor Spitfires in Windsor.
PHILIPP KURASHEV – QUÉBEC REMPARTS – 1 GOAL, 3 ASSISTS
Kurashev had yet another incredible weekend for Québec. Although held off the scoresheet for the second game of the weekend, Kurashev had a huge impact on the first game.
The Remparts hosted the Shawinigan Cataractes on Friday, November 16th. In the 6-4 Remparts win, Kurashev recorded one goal and three assists. Kurashev’s four points increased his points total to 33 on the season.
On Sunday, November 18th, the Remparts were defeated by the Rimouski Océanic, 5-1. Kurashev was held off the scoresheet, giving Kurashev 33 points through 24 QMJHL games to date.
Kurashev and the Remparts return to action on Tuesday, November 20th against Moncton. The Remparts will have a few days off before facing Val-d’Or on Friday the 23rd and Blainville-Boisbriand on Sunday the 25th. All three games are in Québec.
JOSIAH SLAVIN – LINCOLN STARS – 2 GOALS, 1 ASSIST
After a solid three point stretch last weekend, Josiah Slavin and the Stars returned to action for two games this past weekend. On Saturday, November 17th, Slavin recorded his second three point outing of the season, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Despite the great effort from Slavin, the Stars fell to the Sioux Falls Stampede 4-3 in overtime.
Slavin was held scoreless in the second game of the weekend on the 18th against the Waterloo Black Hawks. The Stars dropped their second game in a row 6-3.
Slavin and the Stars will have an opportunity to turn things around on Wednesday, November 21st against the Tri-City Storm. The Stars also have games on Friday, November 23rd and Saturday, November 24th against the Des Moines Buccaneers in Des Moines and against Tri-City again at home.
- Mackenzie Entwistle – Hamilton Bulldogs – 2 Assists
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