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BLOG: Blackhawks acquire gritty, hard-working prospect

by Chris Wescott /

As part of their big trade with Arizona announced earlier on Thursday, the Chicago Blackhawks acquired prospect MacKenzie Entwistle.

The unsigned forward was originally a third-round selection, 69th overall, by the Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft. NHL Central Scouting had MacKenzie ranked as their 44th best North American Skater ahead of the draft.

He was selected in the second round by Hamilton in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection and has played for the Bulldogs each of the last three seasons. In 2017-18, Entwistle scored 13 goals and added 25 assists in 49 games. He also potted 10 goals in 21 OHL playoff games, helping Hamilton win the league championship.

The scouting report on the 6-foot-3 Entwistle is that he is a "big, hard-working power forward who is most effective playing a gritty, determined style."

NHL Central Scouting also added that he's a "very strong skater with decent speed, quickness and agility," and they applauded his responsible two-way game. Special teams are also a strong point of Entwistle's game, as he was voted by the league's coaches as one of the best penalty killers in the OHL.

The right winger told ahead of the draft that he models his game after Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar. 

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