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PROSPECTS: Teply Nets Three Assists in World Juniors Opener

Both of Chicago's 2019 fourth-round picks see action in 2020 World Junior Championship openers

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The opening day of the 2020 World Junior Championship is in the books with a pair of Blackhawks draft picks in action for their respective teams.

Michal Teply propelled Czech Republic to a victory with three assists, while Antti Saarela and Finland fell in overtime in their opener. 


Teply notched a primary assist on Czech Republic's opening three goals in a tournament-opening 4-3 win over Russia. The 18-year-old forward's three points on the night led all Czech skaters and is good for second in tournament scoring through the opening slate of games.

The fourth-round pick teed up a pair of point shots for the first and fourth goals on the night, and sprung Jan Mysak with this feed for an early two-goal lead:

The Czechs are back in action on Saturday morning against Germany at 8 a.m. CT. 


Fellow fourth-round pick Saarela and Team Finland fell in overtime to their Scandinavian neighbors as Sweden took a 3-2 result.

Saarela logged 14:31 of ice time and one shot in the loss. 

The Finns are back in action on Saturday as they face Slovakia at 8 a.m. CT. 

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