World Juniors Roll On, Korchinski Signs, Defensive Questions in Chicago, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

The Blackhawks provided us with some news on Wednesday with the signing of their first pick from this summer’s draft class. And the action at the World Juniors continues today with Canada taking the ice at 5 PM CT and the United States getting back at it in the nightcap at 9 PM CT. So get your coffee ready for another late night of watching Blackhawks prospects.

  • In World Juniors action on Wednesday, Sweden won an exciting game against Switzerland, taking a three-goal lead with two quick goals early in the third period. But the Swiss came back with two quick goals of their own later in the period and the final ten minutes were tight. Sweden hung on to win 3-2.
  • Blackhawks prospect Victor Stjernborg skated 15:38, which ranked second among forwards for Sweden. He was credited with one shot on net — which came on a nice short-handed opportunity.
  • Blackhawks defense prospect Ethan Del Mastro was a healthy scratch for Canada, which was expected. But Connor Bedard reminded fans why teams like the Blackhawks are actively trying to position themselves to win the NHL Draft Lottery next spring.
  • Kevin Korchinski signed his entry-level contract with the Blackhawks on Wednesday. The Blackhawks shared this photo of Korchinski signing his first professional contract.
  • We wrote about how Korchinski and GM Kyle Davidson will forever be tied together — from the trade to get the seventh overall pick to him being Davidson’s first draft pick as general manager and, now, the first pick from his regime to sign.
  • Apparently Dominic James is the funny guy on the USA squad at the World Juniors.
  • On Wednesday, TSN dropped the latest from Travis Yost’s series ranking roster depth across the NHL. This piece looked at the blue line.
  • Thus far in the series, the Blackhawks have either been at the bottom or, in the case of right wing, near the top (thanks, in large part, to Patrick Kane). Even with a few veterans returning, the Blackhawks ranked near the bottom again here. Yost put the Hawks in his fourth tier (“Underperform”).
  • Yost’s notes about the Blackhawks were simple: “The Seth Jones contract has officially started, so there’s that.”
  • Our hearts broke and we’re mourning with the Edmonton Oilers after the team announced the passing of one of their biggest fans. Ben Stelter, the six-year-old who became a familiar face encouraging his heroes to win games and the Oilers to “Play La Bamba, baby” sadly lost his battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with his family. As a father, I can’t fathom the pain of losing a child so this one hit me especially hard.
  • Finally, happy Field of Dreams Day to Cubs (and Reds) fans.
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    Tab Bamford has been writing about the Chicago Blackhawks for almost two decades. He joined Bleacher Nation as the lead Blackhawks writer in May 2022. Tab is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and is the author of two books about the Blackhawks: "100 Things Blackhawks Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" (Triumph Books) and "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter/X/Instagram/Threads at @The1Tab

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