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Gritty, shifty center with a penchant for forechecking and some scoring ability


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May 2023 – Kurashev played 70 games with the Blackhawks this past season before injuring his shoulder on a hit from Tom Wilson back in March.  He was constantly moved up and down the lineup as most young Blackhawks forwards were. Over the course of the season, he posted 25 points over 70 games, which was 0.36 points per game. But it is important to note that his power play ice time did increase by nearly a minute. You can certainly expect that Kurashev will be back in the lineup next year in a full time role. With the injection of Connor Bedard and a lot of young talent surrounding the team, Kursahsev may have an opportunity to show that he can play top-six minutes. Puneet Sharma

July 2022 – Kurashev is coming off a decent sophomore year with the Blackhawks. He struggled at the beginning of the 2021-2022 season, posting just five points over a 20 game span. He was sent down to the AHL and played only three games with the Rockford Icehogs posting three points during his time there. He was brought back in the New Year and while his development was nothing impressive, his game play was. Although Kurashev’s numbers may not have translated to the stat sheet, his shooting did not decrease. In fact his shots per 60 increased from 1.4 per 60 minutes last season to 1.5 per 60 minutes this season – all with a decrease in ice time. Kurashev found ways to become a more effective player by being more aggressive on the fore check, stronger in the defensive zone and drawing penalties. He is showing signs of being a strong middle-six forward for the Blackhawks, something they so desperately need. Puneet Sharma


February 2021- All he needed was a chance. Kurashev was given that chance in the second game of the 2021 season and hasn’t looked back. All of the promise that has been talked about is being displayed on a nightly basis. His game still has a lot of room to grow but he now looks like a full-time NHL’er and a top-three center for this team going forward. Tony Carr


October 2020- Kurashev is currently playing with Lugano of the National League. His first full season did not go as planned as he battled injuries most of the year. Despite that, he still managed to put up pretty good numbers. Much is expected of the 2018 fourth-round pick. Tony Carr


April 2020 – Kurashev may not be the most talented player on his team at the moment, but his tenacity and ability to cause a disruption to his opponent’s attack to stand out. He has most recently played on a line with fellow forechecker Anton Wedin, creating a high-intensity, aggressive combination for the Rockford Icehogs. At the moment, he is looking like a promising bottom-six NHL prospect with additional upside as his offensive role in the AHL continues to develop. Kevin Wong


December 2018 – Kurashev has been named to the preliminary roster for Team Switzerland for the upcoming world junior hockey championships. Averaging well over a point-per-game in the QMJHL this season, Kurashev looks to improve on last years performance and should be counted on as a leader for the Swiss team. Tony Carr


November 2018 – The first thing you notice when watching Kurashev is his tremendous skating ability, not only with his speed but his handling of the puck at that top speed. When he battles for the puck you realize how big he is and that he does not get pushed off the puck easily. Like most teenagers, he has some gaps in his game but they are all teachable skills so the onus will be on him to put the work in. His future is very bright. Tony Carr

Fantasy Upside 6.2
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country SUI
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 12, 1999
Height 6‘0”
Weight 190 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 4; Overall: 120


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Thun Dragon U15U15-Elit3 0 11 0|        
  Swiss Eastern Selects QC Int PW2 0 00 0|        
 2012-2013 Bern U15U15-Elit24 13 1225 6|        
 2013-2014 Bern U15U15-Elit20 35 1853 8|        
  Bern U17U17-Elit7 1 01 0|        
 2014-2015 Bern U17U17-Elit26 22 2850 6|Playoffs3 3 36
  Bern U20U20-Elit3 1 12 0|        
  Switzerland U16 (all)International-Jr7 6 39 27|        
  Switzerland U17EYOF3 2 02 0|        
  Switzerland U17 (all)International-Jr6 2 24 0|        
 2015-2016 GC/Küsnacht U20U20-Elit34 9 918 8|Playoffs12 4 48
  GC/Küsnacht U20RBS Elite Jr. A1 0 00 0|        
  Switzerland U19WJAC-194 0 11 4|        
  Switzerland U18WJC-185 1 12 4|        
  Switzerland U18 (all)International-Jr19 2 46 10|        
 2016-2017 Québec RempartsQMJHL65 21 3354 10|Playoffs4 1 23
  Switzerland U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 0 00 2|        
  Switzerland U18WJC-185 3 14 2|        
  Switzerland U18 (all)International-Jr14 6 39 4|        
  Switzerland U20 (all)International-Jr1 0 00 0|        
 2017-2018 Québec RempartsQMJHL59 19 4160 24|Playoffs6 1 45
  Switzerland U20WJC-205 1 23 2|        
  Switzerland U20 (all)International-Jr11 4 48 2|        
 2018-2019 Québec RempartsQMJHL59 29 3665 33|Playoffs7 1 45
  Rockford IceHogsAHL3 0 00 0|        
  Switzerland U20WJC-207 6 17 4|        
  Switzerland U20 (all)International-Jr12 10 414 6|        
  SwitzerlandWC8 1 34 4|        
  Switzerland (all)International12 2 46 4|        
 2019-2020 Rockford IceHogsAHL36 7 1219 8|        
 2020-2021 LuganoSwiss Cup2 3 25 0|        
  LuganoNL13 0 99 0|        
  Chicago BlackhawksNHL54 8 816 12|        
  SwitzerlandWC8 1 45 14|        
  Switzerland (all)International8 1 45 14|        
 2021-2022 Chicago BlackhawksNHL67 6 1521 12|        
  Rockford IceHogsAHL3 2 13 0|        
  SwitzerlandWC8 1 34 0|        
  Switzerland (all)International8 1 34 0|        
 2022-2023 Chicago BlackhawksNHL70 9 1625 14|        
 2023-2024 Chicago BlackhawksNHL18 4 913 6|