Photo: Boston College forward Kevin Hayes was a first round selection for the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2010 NHL Draft (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The Chicago Blackhawks enter the 2012 offseason with one of the deepest prospects pools in the league, but that fact does little to make up for two consecutive first round playoff exits. Rather than expecting new faces in Chicago, there will instead be plenty of competition in training camp to decide the team's roster heading into the 2012-13 season.
Photo: Forward John Huberdeau is the top prospect for the Florida Panthers and one of the top forwards not currently playing hockey at the professional level. (Cliff Welch/Icon SMI)
Below is the final part of Hockey's Future's 2012 Spring Organizational Rankings. The rankings were determined by taking each NHL team's entire prospect pool into consideration as well as the likelihood those prospects are to meet their maximum potential. For reference, each team's top five prospects are included, as well as the players they have graduated, traded, or added to their pool over the 2011-12 season. To be eligible, a player must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.
Photo: Forward Brandon Pirri was one of Chicago's black aces during the Blackhawks 2012 playoff run. Though he didn't get to see any playing time, the experience should be beneficial to him as he competes for an NHL roster spot in 2012-13. (Photo courtesy of Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)
The Blackhawks prospect pipeline saw plenty of playoff action but only one prospect, Boston College's Kevin Hayes, was able to capture a league championship. Several other prospects, such as Brandon Saad and Mac Carruth, had strong performances but were not enough to push their team towards the ultimate prize. In Hockey's Future's new team playoff update, we take a look around the world at some of the more notable playoff performances by Chicago prospects.
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Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg just completed his second full season in the NHL and put up a career high 22 goals and 43 points in 79 games. For the first time since a U-20 performance in 2005, Stalberg was nominated to represent his native country in international play once the Blackhawks were knocked out of the playoffs. This was a nomination he didn’t hesitate to accept.
Photo: Few if any rookies have been as instrumental to the Blackhawks success this season as Andrew Shaw, who was drafted in the fifth round of 2011. (Photo courtesy of Chris Pondy/Icon SMI)
In the inaugural edition of our Blackhawks prospect awards, Hockey's Future takes a look at some of the standouts within the Chicago organization. From skill categories such as "Hardest Shot" and "Fastest Skater" to season-specific awards for players exceeding and not meeting expectations, this piece will sift through the crowded prospect pool for players who stand out above the rest. The winner for each category was determined by the team writer with assistance from the HF staff.