For the first time since 2014, Chicago Blackhawks had a first round pick in the NHL Entry Draft. Stan Bowman used the pick to select Finnish defenseman Henri Jokiharju.
Jokiharju was part of the group of young players taking part in the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan this week, but his tournament ended early. The 18-year-old defender injured his left knee during the first period of Sunday’s game versus the United States.
Brandon Rivers of dubnetwork.ca posted a clip of the play on his Twitter account.
Finland’s head coach Jussi Ahokas told Adam Kimelman of NHL.com on Tuesday that Jokiharju is had a MRI and will not play in the of the Showcase.
Brian Hedger of The Athletic had a source confirm that the Blackhawks top pick does in fact have a knee injury, but is expected to be at full health for the start of training camp in September. Looks like the Blackhawks and Jokiharju have dodged a bullet!
Source says Henri Jokiharju does have a knee injury, but is expected to be ready for #Blackhawks training camp.— Brian Hedger (@BrianHedger) August 2, 2017