The Blackhawks' four prospects have each played two games in the group stage of the 2014 IIHF World U20 Championship, with a couple of names standing out. Team USA, with two representatives from Chicago, faced a stern challenge this morning: The Americans fell into penalty trouble after opening up an early three-goal lead, which allowed Slovakia to shrink the gap to one goal, but rallied late in the game for a 6-3 win that kept them on track for a title defense. Team Finland opened the tournament on Friday with a 5-1 win over Norway, then staged a spirited battle against host team Sweden, which featured two recent draft picks. The Finns kept the game close, but Tre Kronor's speed and skill afforded them a 4-2 victory, taking them temporarily to the top of Group B.
Sweden and the United States will both play again on Sunday; the Swedes will take on an emerging Norwegian team, while the Americans will face Germany, who has allowed 16 goals already through their two tilts.
Ryan Hartman (USA): The Blackhawks' 2013 first-round pick has adjusted well to his top-six role and picked up two more points in the USA's 6-3 win over Slovakia. Hartman began a neat passing sequence on the power play that resulted in a tally by Jack Eichel late in the first period. Early in the middle frame, Hartman slapped in a one-timer from the right circle during another power play to open his own goal-scoring account. Hartman also collected two shots on goal and two penalty minutes.
Vincent Hinostroza (USA): The Notre Dame freshman was shifted to wing in his second appearance of the tournament and continued to stand out in the offensive zone; the 2012 sixth-round selection finished the contest with one shot on goal.
Teuvo Teravainen (FIN): Teravainen was named captain of Team Finland prior to the start of the competition and has been up to the task for his country through the first two games. Chicago's first-round pick in 2012 collected an assist in Finland's 5-1 win over Norway on Friday, sharing the team lead with six shots on goal and a +2 plus/minus rating. Against Sweden on Saturday, Teravainen collected helpers on both of Finland's goals and was awarded Best Player honors at the conclusion of the 4-2 loss.
Robin Norell (SWE): The Swedish defenseman played a primarily defensive role for the hosts, finishing their 4-2 win over Finland with no points and one shot on goal.