Blackhawks sign 2019 World Juniors goals leader Philipp Kurashev to entry-level contract

Philipp Kurashev was a sparkplug for the Swiss at the 2019 World Junior Championship, and now the Blackhawks hope he’ll do the same for their organization after signing him to a three-year deal Tuesday.

The contract, which has an AAV of $925,000, runs through the 2021-22 season. 

In seven games with Switzerland at the premier junior event, the alternate captain led all players with six goals and finished seventh, and led Switzerland, with seven points. The Munsingen, SUI native also skated for his country at the 2018 tournament where he had a goal and two assists.

The Swiss are able to get on the board! With his sixth goal, Philipp Kurashev leads the tournament 👀#WorldJuniors pic.twitter.com/xrn50nMGtP

Drafted by Chicago in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Kurashev leads the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) this season with 28 goals and 34 assists in 57 games. Of those, 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) came on the power play. Kurashev will stay with Quebec, who currently sits in 11th place in the standings and has clinched a postseason spot.

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