Photo: Winger Jimmy Hayes has been a buzzy name in training camp and is one of several prospects knocking on the door of full-time NHL duty going into 2013-14 (courtesy of Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)
The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of prospects to watch during the 2013-14 season, particularly at the pro level where a few spots are open in Chicago and a talented class of rookies will be debuting with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs.
Photo: University of New Hampshire defenseman Brett Pesce was the highest drafted player out of the NCAA, going to the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
60 collegians (current or future) representing 29 NCAA programs and 27 NHL teams were taken in the 2013 NHL Draft. The 60 players selected are slightly down from last year when 66 committed players (at the time of the draft) were taken.
Photo: Chicago GM Stan Bowman (left) and his father Scotty Bowman (right) welcomed Illinois native Ryan Hartman into the Blackhawks organization with the 30th overall pick (courtesy of Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks entered the 2013 NHL Draft with five draft picks. After trading Dave Bolland to Toronto and Michael Frolik to Winnipeg in exchange for draft picks, the club added eight new prospects to the pipeline in 2013 and a couple extra picks in 2014. Although none of the Blackhawks 2013 selections project to be high-end NHL players, there is versatility among the group and potential to fill complimentary roles in the NHL lineup in a few years.
Photo: Lincoln Stars forward and University of North Dakota recruit Luke Johnson was recently ranked 78th in Central Scouting's midterm rankings (courtesy of Brandon Anderson)
A University of North Dakota recruit who recently was named an A-List prospect by NHL Central Scouting, Luke Johnson is a 5’11”, 178-pound, two-way forward currently playing for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL.