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THREE STARS: Two European prospects join Blackhawks organization

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

by Austin Siegel /

Every Thursday throughout the 2018-19 season and playoffs, 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.

C Mikael Hakkarainen
THE NUMBERS: 42 GP, 19 G, 28 A

The latest Blackhawks prospect to ink his first professional deal with the team, Mikael Hakkarainen has taken the road less traveled to Chicago. The Finnish forward was a fifth round pick of the Blackhawks in 2018, coming off a breakout season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL and committed to Providence College in the fall. His NCAA stint only lasted one game before Hakkarainen returned to the Lumberjacks, where he posted the best season of his professional career, a 47-point campaign (19 G, 28 A) and a trip to the Eastern Conference finals of the USHL. His postseason numbers were more of the same, as he averaged more than a point per game with Muskegon. 

LW/RW Tim Soderlund (Skellefteå AIK)
THE NUMBERS: 48 GP, 6 G, 8 A

Just one season after the Blackhawks snagged him in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft, Tim Soderlund is headed to North America on an entry-level deal with Chicago. Splitting time between his hometown club of Skellefteå AIK and Frölunda HC in the Swedish Hockey League, Soderlund posted six goals and eight assists during the 2018-19 season. A combination of youth - Soderlund is just 21 - and top-flight European experience with over 150 SHL games under his belt, the Swede will look to make his mark on the Blackhawks organization next season. 

RW MacKenzie Entwistle (Guelph)
THE NUMBERS: 22 GP, 7 G, 12 A (#4 Guelph tied 2-2 with #1 Ottowa in OHL Final)

It's tough to describe what's happening in Guelph during the 2018-19 OHL playoffs, but MacKenzie Entwistle appears to be at the center of it. The Storm have come back from a 3-0 deficit against Adam Boqvist and the London Knights, rallied from down 3-1 against Saginaw and just handed the Ottawa 67's their first two loss of the playoffs, ending their 14-game winning streak in Game 3 of the OHL Final. Two wins separate Guelph from an OHL Championship and a Memorial Cup trip, and with two goals and two assists in the championship series, Entwistle is doing his part. 

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