Teuvo Teravainen is ready to make the jump from Finland to North America, but whether he winds up in the AHL or NHL is yet to be determined. (courtesy of Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
This edition of the Chicago Blackhawks Top 20 ranking includes a handful of new names, led by 2014 first-round pick Nick Schmaltz debuting in the second spot behind incumbent top prospect Teuvo Teravainen.
Photo: Yale forward John Hayden, #21 right, got off to a slow start in 2013-14, but doubled his freshman year point total with eight points in the final nine games of the season (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks had several prospects make an impact at the NHL level in 2013-14. Those players, along with others that stood out in the CHL, NCAA, and international levels, are featured below in this season’s prospect awards.
Photo: Center Teuvo Teravainen is an offensive dynamo in Finland’s top pro circuit and captain of Finland’s gold medal team at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks Top 20 ranking update maintains much of the depth from the fall ranking despite the graduation of Brandon Saad and loss to trade/waivers of prospects like Jimmy Hayes, Dylan Olsen, Ryan Stanton, and Kyle Beach.
Photo: Rimouski Oceanic defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Samuel Morin saw action with the Flyers during the 2013 preseason after having been drafted by the club 11th overall at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Although recent graduates of the QMJHL include defensemen like Simon Despres and David Savard, as well as up-and-coming prospects like Xavier Ouellet and Nathan Beaulieu, the league does not have a reputation as being a breeding ground for defenders.
Photo: Ryan Hartman, an integral piece of the Plymouth Whalers offense so far this season, will look to help Team USA defend their WJC gold medal later this month (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
With the majority of prospects playing at the pro level, the Chicago Blackhawks pool of junior prospects is only four players deep in 2013-14. The group still features plenty of talent, including 2013 first round pick Ryan Hartman and 2012 second round pick Dillon Fournier.