Chicago Blackhawks' prospect Landon Slaggert was all over the ice and the score sheet Thursday in Team USA's 7-1 win over Switzerland at World Juniors. The 2020 third-round draft pick recorded two points (one goal, one asist) and opened up several looks for his teammates in the Americans' second win at the rescheduled tournament. It was also Slaggert's second two-point effort in as many games.
He didn't record a point on the first play he impacted, but the rugged forward's net-front presence helped take away the goalie's eyes on Brock Faber's go-ahead goal in the second period.
Next, Slaggert used his strength and size to maintain position near the net and shield the puck before dishing a nifty primary assist to set up Carter Mazur's tally that made it 3-1 USA.
Finally, he teamed up with fellow Blackhawks' prospect Wyatt Kaiser on a neat redirect play. Parked in front of the net per usual, Slaggert tipped Kaiser's blast from the point past the Swiss netminder. His second goal of the 2022 World Juniors gave Team USA a commanding 4-1 lead late in the middle frame.
The Americans' top line is a force to be reckoned with and Slaggert plays a pivotal role in creating quality scoring looks. Even when he doesn't show up on the score sheet, the 20-year-old puts himself in the right position with his physical ability and utilizes his hockey sense to make creative plays.
Landon Slaggert and fellow Chicago Blackhawks' prospects Wyatt Kaiser and Dominic James will be back in action Saturday when Team USA faces Austria. The game will air on NHL Network at 1 PM CT.