Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Ville Pokka is on track to bolster next year’s team (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The 2013–2014 season was not kind to the Rockford IceHogs. Inconsistency with scoring and goaltending led to a 35-32-5-4 record, resulting in Rockford missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
Photo: Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Klas Dahlbeck (#44), shown here celebrating his first NHL goal, spent time in the Linkoping organization before moving to North America two seasons ago (courtesy of Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks rookie defenseman Klas Dahlbeck received his first NHL call-up on 12/4, and just 3 games into his NHL career, the Katrineholm, Sweden native netted his first NHL goal in a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. Read more»
Photo: Stephen Johns is one of Chicago’s many hulking defensemen who likely have a future in the NHL (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
For years, one of the key concerns plaguing the Chicago Blackhawks was the lack of a quality second-line center. While general manager Stan Bowman is hoping his big free agent acquisition, Brad Richards, is a temporary solution for the 2014-15 season, the answer for future seasons may come from within the organization. Bowman and Co. have taken it upon themselves over the past few years to draft a plethora of centers.
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: Chicago’s selection of Ryan Hartman at 30th overall in 2013 added a hard-working complementary forward to the team’s shallow pool of wingers in the system (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks will head into the 2014 NHL Draft with eight picks and another opportunity to augment the depth and versatility in the pipeline.