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2014 World Juniors update: Dec. 26, 2013

Thursday, 12.26.2013 / 4:30 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
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2014 World Juniors update: Dec. 26, 2013
Vincent Hinostroza (left), a sixth-round selection in 2012, and 2013 draft picks Robin Norell (center) and Ryan Hartman represented their countries on the first day of the 2014 World Juniors tournament. (Matt Cashore / Mackenze McCluer / Terry Wilson)

Three Blackhawks prospects saw action on Day 1 of the 2014 U20 World Championship in Malmö, Sweden, as several tournament favorites recorded lopsided wins in their opening games. Team USA began their title defense with a dominating 5-1 win over a young Czech Republic squad after capitalizing on two early power-play chances, while hosts Sweden weathered an early scare from Switzerland to emerge with a 5-3 victory in front of a raucous home crowd.

Teuvo Teravainen and Team Finland will begin their group stage play tomorrow against Norway.

Ryan Hartman: Chicago’s 2013 first-round pick, one of just three returning players from last year’s gold-medal squad, played right wing on Team USA’s second line with Adam Erne (a 2013 draft pick by Tampa Bay) and Jack Eichel (2015 eligible) and displayed good movement at both ends of the ice. Hartman collected his first assist and point of the tournament on Team USA’s second goal just 2:02 into the game.

Vincent Hinostroza: Centering the fourth line, Hinstroza played alongside Quentin Shore (2013, OTT) and Notre Dame teammate Tommy DiPauli (2013, WSH). The 2012 sixth-round draft pick made the most of limited ice time, showing flashes of skillful playmaking in the offensive end and winning six of eight draws. Hinostroza capped off the scoring for Team USA with a breakaway goal late in the third period, roofing a backhand shot after pouncing on a feed from DiPauli.

Robin Norell: The Swedish defenseman made his World Juniors debut in a stay-at-home role for the local favorites, and saw plenty of time on the penalty kill, as Sweden served six minor penalties in the game, including three in the final period. Norell did not record a shot on goal and finished the game with a -1 plus/minus rating.