Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Depth and talent of center prospects
  • Defensive prospects mix size with mobility
  • Overall depth of system is strong
Weaknesses
  • Little depth on wings, particularly right side
  • Lack of an elite goaltending prospect

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

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Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Antti Raanta Pro 7.0 C
2. Kent Simpson Pro 7.0 D
3. Mac Carruth Pro 6.5 C
4. Matt Tomkins NCAA 6.5 D
5. Ivan Nalimov Europe 6.5 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mark McNeill Pro 7.0 C
2. Ryan Hartman CHL 7.0 C
3. Maxim Shalunov Pro 7.0 D
4. Chris Calnan NCAA 6.5 C
5. Matt Iacopelli Junior 6.5 D
6. Jack Ramsey Junior 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Jeremy Morin Pro 7.0 C
2. Garret Ross Pro 6.5 C
3. Matt Carey Pro 6.5 D
4. Fredrik Olofsson Junior 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Teuvo Teravainen Europe 8.0 C
2. Nick Schmaltz Junior 7.5 D
3. Drew LeBlanc Pro 7.0 C
4. Phillip Danault Pro 7.0 C
5. John Hayden NCAA 7.0 D
6. Alex Broadhurst Pro 6.5 C
7. Joakim Nordstrom Pro 6.5 C
8. Vince Hinostroza NCAA 6.5 C
9. Beau Starrett Junior 6.5 D
10. Dylan Sikura Junior 6.5 D
11. Luke Johnson NCAA 6.0 C
12. Tyler Motte NCAA 6.0 C
13. Anthony Louis NCAA 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. David Rundblad Pro 7.5 D
2. Adam Clendening Pro 7.0 C
3. Stephen Johns Pro 7.0 C
4. Michael Paliotta NCAA 6.5 C
5. Klas Dahlbeck Pro 6.5 C
6. Nick Mattson NCAA 6.5 C
7. Justin Holl NCAA 6.5 C
8. Dillon Fournier CHL 6.5 C
9. Carl Dahlstrom Europe 6.5 C
10. Sam Jardine NCAA 6.5 D
11. Trevor van Riemsdyk Pro 6.5 D
12. Luc Snuggerud Junior 6.5 D
13. Mathieu Brisebois Pro 6.0 C
14. Robin Norell Europe 6.0 C
15. Andreas Soderberg Europe 6.0 C
16. Viktor Svedberg Pro 6.0 D
17. Robin Press Europe 6.0 D

Blackhawks First Exhibitions Show Little

by Bill Placzek
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The Blackhawks met the Dallas Stars in Monday -Tuesday exhibition games and the fans were treated with some prospect views but little in immediate help. The first game gave first glimpses at the progress of Mark Bell, Mike Souza, and new pros Kent Huskins and Mike Leighton, and amateur Igor Radulov.

Of this group, the guy closest to making the roster is Mark Bell. Mark Bell will be an NHLer player – that seems decided. On Monday night he showed improved speed, positioning and continued aggressive play. He scored after carrying in down the left wing in traffic and scored on a sharp angle almost over the goal line with and hard snap shot.

Prior to this season, Bell seemed a step behind the action and tentative. Tonight he showed controlled aggression, and he came to play. Bell was still at Left wing. He looked disciplined on the wing and made few errors in coverage and on offense.
Mike Souza reminded me of the Mark Bell of a year ago. Souza played well on a 3rd line and played well along the wall displaying good balance and physical board work. He gets were he is going, but just didn’t display quick feet. He just seemed behind the speed of the game in many instances. It moved at bit faster than he anticipated.

Kent Huskins had trouble with the strength of the attacking forwards. He also was unable to compensate for the speed the pro game is played. He can the puck better than he showed. Often, in his effort to speed it up. he was inaccurate. He has good size, used it on occasion, but wasn’t able to handle the stronger NHLers.

Mike Leighton came in and Read more»

Geoff Peters and Jeff Paul released

by Bill Placzek
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They may have thought it a wise move when they made it.

Take a chance on a German born player?
Marco Sturm?
When San Jose was offering two #2 picks?
The Hawk organization in 1996 knew that they were hurting for prospects and moved out to secure two #2s used to draft Remi Royer and Geoff Peters.
With their own #2 they reached at Jeff Paul, knowing their farm ‘system” was woefully bare at defense.
Geoff Peters along with Remi Royer were the two players drafted with the Marco Sturm first rounder trade.
Sturm plays in San Jose and all three of these players will be looking elsewhere this summer. Royer was all offense and just didn’t play defense well.
Peters though good in most areas just didn’t seem to evolve to a better player.
Paul just didn’t skate well enough for the new NHL.
There is a lesson to be learned here. Trading down works if your scouting staff is competent. Montreal goaler hopefull Garon was there but Hawk’s didn’t seem interested.
The Blackhawks also purged themselves of Michel Larouque and Jeff Maud, their Norfolk goalie duo.
Though Tretiak marveled at Larouque and continued to heap praise on him, he is gone. (Or is this one of the Hall of Famer’s character chararcter flaws: always falling in love with the back-up?)
Maud had injuries and told me while he was in Chicago that he he was in awe of the speed at which the NHL game was played.

Mike Leighton will grauate and get ample chances to develop in Norfolk and Craig Andersson will not be far behind him.

To their credit, the Black Read more»

Day Two Nets More Than Defense For Blackhawks on Prospect Ocean.

by Bill Placzek
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Though the promise was to go defense today, the Hawks did quite well at forward too. And a drop down deal today brought two additional picks.

San Jose was again this year, a willing participant in taking the #106 pick for San Jose’s #119, 186 and 216 picks.

The Hawks opened the fourth round taking RH D Brent MacLellan of Halifax, Nova Scotia with pick #104.

In talking to the 6’3″ 210 pounder, I asked the Rimouski defenseman how he thought he ended up a Blackhawk and he answered, “Good interview.” He was a likable conversationalist, who didn’t dodge my question of how he was known for his hitting and clear out abilities, but that scouts thought he didn’t make improvements this season. He answered that he thought he played the last third of the season strong and aggressively, and his “problem” early on is he started thinking he was a end rusher and scorer and forgot what got him where he was. (He usually makes the smart pass out the defensive zone.) Known to protect teammates,he was the alternate captain on team Orr at the 2001 prospects game.He will be at the Hawk camp in July and he said and knows that he can build stamina.

With pick #115, Mike Smith made his second annual western Russia pick ala Radulov last draft. It was virtual unknown Vladimir Gusev, a LHD who is 6’1″ 189 lber who played at Khabarovsk in Russia.

Pick #119 was LH Forward from the Russian superleague named Aleksey Zotkin, a 6 foot 200 lber from Magnitogorsk where he had 2 goals and 5 points in 40 games along with 34 pims. Neither was at the draft.

The fifth round is where I felt th Read more»

Day One: Hawks Make Zhamnov Happy – Will the Fans Be Next?

by Bill Placzek
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I made my feelings clear that if things fell in place, Don Blackburn could
have been taken at #9. I really didn’t think he would be there. Or maybe I
felt Ruutu’s knee surgeries would knock him down a notch. Nonetheless,
Blackburn was higher on my board and I would have taken him.

Even if all the Hawk farm goalies develop, you can never have enough
goalies. Ask San Jose, Buffalo, and New Jersey who take one or two early each
year. That was my thinking …. one of the elite eight.

Don’t get me wrong, it is difficult to quibble when your home team takes a
winner, already in the top Finnish league and the hardest working,
orneriest,solid muscle mass forechecker available.
And when Ruutu gets back on his skates in August after the TWO problems with his knee are healed he may be a better pro than Blackburn.

When Dallas takes the goalie you are going to take as an alternative to
Blackburn, Freeze goalie Jason Bacashihua, two picks before you, you don’t
panic!

You either trade out or you go to another position, but you do not REACH!

If you do, to use Mel Kiper’s coined expression, you simply don’t know what
the draft is about.

To take Adam Munro was an insult to each of us, as he was clearly not the
best player available.

Into the 3rd round, Michel Goulet stopped and I asked his interpretation of
this blunder. I said to him, “You KNOW they (Blackhawks) went goalie because
Dallas took the kid they wanted. Honestly, was Munro that high on the
Avalanche board?” He shook his head head Read more»

Who will be there at #9 for the Chicago Blackhawks?

by Bill Placzek
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Atlanta’s winning of the draft lottery solidified the draft slotting for the 2001 draft in Sunrise, Florida on June 23 and 24th.

I would like to be the first to attempt to project the players to teams presently in the spots #1-8 leading up to the possible Hawk pick at #9. There is always the possibility that GM Mike Smith trades out of the #9 slot (though a questionable move in a draft with third tier up to pick #12) or out of the #29 pick which the Hawks obtained from the Detroit Red Wings in the Chris Chelios deal.
The Hawks will be picking around or lower than the slots listed below depending upon any additional draft picks added as supplementals to teams for loss of their free agents signed by other clubs:
1 – Hawks – 9th
1 – from Detroit – 29th
2 – from Stars – 61st
3 – Hawks – 75th
3 – from Flyers – 90th
4 – Hawks – 105th
4 – from Leafs – 113th
5 – Hawks – 141st
6 – Hawks – 176th
7 – Hawks – 206th
9 – Hawks – 270th
But who will be the player chosen from the 2001 crop to lead the 2004 Hawks out of the depths into playoff contention?
We can make a pretty good prediction based on that if we try and predict the players who will go first.
Atlanta, by way of their lottery win, move up two slots and have to decide between three top players in LW Ilya Kovalchuk,C Jason Spezza,and C/W Stanislav Tchistov. All have their strengths, but Kovalchuk destined to be the first Russian chosen #1 overall.