Blackhawks’ prospect, Evan Barratt, scored the game-winning goal for Team USA in the U20 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament. Barratt executed a picture perfect backhander to seal the victory for Team USA.

Tonight, Evan Barratt made the most of his ice time and gave Blackhawks fans a glimpse of what the future holds. Barratt was a gamechanger in every sense of the word, and eventually, earned the player of the game award.

Evan Barratt Is No One Hit Wonder

It comes as no surprise that Evan Barratt dominated tonight with Team USA — to me, at least. In case you haven’t been following, Barratt is currently leading the NCAA in points scored this season with 29 points (13G, 16A) in 17 games.

In case you’re thinking, “Yeah, it’s JUST college though and it won’t translate to the NHL…,” that’s not necessarily true. In my opinion, Barratt easily passes the “eye test”. Here’s a PNHLe projection for Evan Barratt based on his age, current production and body of work, just to give you a more realistic idea of what this kid brings to the table.

A big part of Evan Barratt’s game that he showcases fairly often is his ability to create scoring opportunities in the “dirty areas” around the net. This play here is a perfect example of a guy who’s not afraid to get physical and make things happen for himself and his teammates.

Only time will tell, but with each passing day, it’s looking more and more like the Blackhawks may finally have a true center in the making with Evan Barratt.

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