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THREE STARS: Hakkarainen sparks Muskegon

A weekly look at how Blackhawks prospects are performing at their various levels

by Austin Siegel / blackhawks.com

Every Thursday throughout the 2018-19 season, blackhawks.com will highlight prospects who have stood out for their junior, college or professional team in the previous week's action.

Here are this week's Three Stars.

FIRST STAR
C Mikael Hakkarainen (Muskegon)
THE NUMBERS: 20 GP, 11 G, 19 A

While Henri Jokiharju led Finland to WJC glory over the weekend, he wasn't the only Finn in the Blackhawks organization to begin the new year in style. Mikael Hakkarainen scored his 11th goal of the USHL season on Sunday, as the Muskegon Lumberjacks beat Cedar Rapids 4-3 in a shootout. It was Hakkarainen's second point of 2019, after picking up an assist in a loss to Cedar Rapids last week. The 2018 fifth-round draft pick of Chicago ranks among the organization's top five prospects in goals, assists, points, and points-per-game.

SECOND STAR
D MacKenzie Entwistle (Guelph)
THE NUMBERS: GP 31, G 15, A 14

It's been a busy year for Entwistle, just 10 days into 2019. After a breakout performance with Canada at World Juniors, the 19-year-old was dealt from the Hamilton Bulldogs to the Guelph Storm in exchange for five OHL draft picks. The steep price to get him reflects the kind of season Entwistle has had since the Blackhawks acquired him in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes over the summer. In two games with the Storm, Entwistle grabbed assists in a loss to North Bay and victory over London. The helpers come after a WJC in which Entwistle bagged three goals for Canada and was the country's third-leading scorer throughout the tournament.

THIRD STAR 
Anthony Louis (Rockford)
THE NUMBERS: 38 GP, 9 G, 15 A

During a season of change for Rockford, in which their head coach and leading scorer have joined the Blackhawks, second-year forward Anthony Louis has been a steadying presence for the IceHogs. And when Rockford needed a spark after a six-game winless run, it was Louis who fueled the team in a 6-2 win over first place Iowa. Louis recorded the first three-point game of his career against the Wild with two assists and a goal. He leads the IceHogs in assists and total points this season.

ROCKFORD REPORT:

The IceHogs went streak-busting on Sunday, ending a six-game winless run with a 6-2 victory over Iowa. Louis and Jacob Nilsson powered Rockford in their first win of 2019. They got the aforementioned three-point effort from Louis and a hat trick from Nilsson, providing all the offense the IceHogs would need. Dylan Sikura returned to the lineup on Sunday, grabbing an assist in the victory. 

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