The World Junior Championships have begun, and the Blackhawks have a number of prospects competing.
On Monday, Adam Clendening, Stephen Johns and Brandon Saad all registered a point in the USA’s 11-3 win over Denmark. Johns scored a goal, Clendening had two assists and Saad was credited with one helper in the victory. Meanwhile, Ludvig Rensfeldt had a team-high three assists and Joakim Nordstrom scored a goal in Sweden’s 9-4 win over Latvia.
On Wednesday, the Blackhawks were once again well represented at the World Junior Championships.
The United States lost to Finland 3-1, but the lone goal for the USA came from Hawks’ prospect Saad. Johns was especially impressive on the blue line early in the game, and Clendening was solid as well.
Rensfeldt and Nordstrom continued to lead Sweden. Rensfeldt had a goal and an assist in Sweden’s 4-3 shootout win, and Nordstrom added a power play goal. Rensfeldt is now tied for fourth in the tournament with five points (one goal, four assists) with only two games played. His four assists rank third in the tournament behind two skaters who have played a third game already. More impressively, his five points have come on only three shots on net.
The USA and Sweden are both in action on Friday.