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: Ottawa Senators forward prospect Shane Prince turned in a good performance at the 2013 Rookie Tournament, including a two-goal outing in the Sens 6-2 tournament-deciding win over the Toronto Maple Leafs (courtesy of Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
The Forest City hosted some of the league’s best and most-promising young talent over the weekend, thanks to the four-team, Toronto Maple Leafs’-sponsored 2013 Rookie Tournament. And team brass and fans alike can hope that some of the players who passed through the Budweiser Gardens in London, ON will serve as the foundation upon which success will be built for years to come.
Photo: Chicago Blackhawks 2011 first round pick Mark McNeill has completed his WHL career with the Prince Albert Raiders and will most likely begin his pro career with the Rockford IceHogs (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
One’s a little bigger and has a bit more physicality to his game, while the other is slightly smaller, but has a little more offensive flair. One’s more serious and business-like in his approach; the other’s a little more jovial and laissez-faire. The question of which one preferred country and which preferred rock ‘n roll wasn't asked.
Photo: With an NHL spot secured, Brandon Saad can set his sights on making a good impression on Team USA brass when the 2013-14 season opens (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks maintain a prospect pool that features both quantity and quality, from potential top-six forwards to versatile blueliners that could contribute down the road. There have not been many changes at the top, but the 2013 draft class increased the competition for lower spots and put three new prospects inside the Top 20.
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.