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

Legend of Players' Leagues
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. Nick Schmaltz Junior 7.5 D
2. Ryan Hartman CHL 7.0 C
3. Maxim Shalunov Pro 7.0 D
4. Chris Calnan NCAA 6.5 C
5. 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. Beau Starrett Junior 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. Drew LeBlanc Pro 7.0 C
3. Kevin Hayes NCAA 7.0 C
4. Mark McNeill Pro 7.0 C
5. Phillip Danault Pro 7.0 C
6. John Hayden NCAA 7.0 D
7. Alex Broadhurst Pro 6.5 C
8. Joakim Nordstrom Pro 6.5 C
9. Vince Hinostroza NCAA 6.5 C
10. Matt Carey Pro 6.5 D
11. Matt Iacopelli Junior 6.5 D
12. Dylan Sikura Junior 6.5 D
13. Luke Johnson NCAA 6.0 C
14. Tyler Motte NCAA 6.0 C
15. 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

Who on the farm can audition?

by Bill Placzek
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Who, on the farm we audition?
As Alpo hopes for new actors in his theatre company, and Mike Smith runs out of players of any real trade value, now is when the Hawks will be evaluating just who might possibly help the team until the Mike Smith drafts are ready for their auditions.

Picked in the 1995 draft, defensemen Marty Wilford, and forward Casey Hankinson remain Hawk property and play as minor pros. Hankinson, presently playing in Hampton Roads, shows average scoring ability and steady defensive play possibly penciled in as a 4th liner. At present, the Blackhawk major league club has almost three lines of the same.
Wilford, also drafted as a Chicago Cub pitcher, is a chunky six footer who has played well on the minor pro level, but is probably not quick enough for the present pro game.

Geoff Peters and Jeff Paul are all that remains from the 1996 draft where the Hawks traded their first round pick for two numbers twos, the third being the departed Remi Royer. San Jose picked Marco Sturm with the #1 and has never looked back.
Geoff Peters produces good all around play and could project as the next Chris Herpinger, a utility forward who always plays hard and does many things decently. And he fits the Chicago salary structure.
Jeff Paul has not shown enough progress to expect him playing in Chicago at this time. The smaller Hawk defensemen are better transition players and it is clear the Alpo system is “transition is much more important than transgression.”
At present, Kyle Calder has be the most intriguing of the class of 1997. An un Read more»

Pressure builds on the Hawk prospects to pan out -part one

by Bill Placzek
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It is increasingly clear that the face lifts by both former G.M. Bob Murray and current G.M. Mike Smith has done little to lift the team’s major league skin and eliminate the crow’s feet of post season elimination.

Granted there have been some bright spots, the biggest being the added offensive production of l’il Steve Sullivan, at almost a point a game pace since his wavier pick up from the Toronto house cleaning in order that they might be able to add the enigmatic Dmitri Khristich.

Tampa Bay decided Michael Nylander would never play defense and was only effective when in control of the puck, and a risk when he didn’t have it. There were absolutely correct but when placed at centre with Sullivan they are able to be dominant players on the attacking end of the rink,albeit a liability without it. Regardless,without their presence the Hawk offense would be far limited without them.

Besides Amonte and an occasionally on night from the gentle giant Eric Daze, the Hawks have had to fill the rest of the roster with players who would never be considered more than “pieces” elsewhere.

They did cushion their rosters with 32 yr. old rookie Steve Poapst, who has had hard times catching the NHL speed guys,Chris McAlpine, 29 yr. old, an undersized hard hitter who is at best a #5 guy. As is Kevin Dean whose off ice hardships with his premature son have compounded his poor play.

Other plugging has come at times from the still not so ready for prime time Nolan Baumgartner and everyone’s prospect to be, Steve McCarthy.

Chicago’s pre Read more»

Return on the 1999 #4 Pick Shifts Once More

by Bill Placzek
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Today the downward spiral of the S.S. Blackhawk continued with the dispatching of Byran McCabe to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Alexander Karpovtsev and a 4th round pick.

This trade makes the Blackhawks older,and in my estimation, further away from G.M. Mike Smith’s goal of becoming one of the leagues upper third teams.
Luck in the lottery dropped the Hawks down into the top four picks for the 1999 draft.

The 1999 draft was one of the stronger drafts in years, boasting four almost can’t miss NHLers and a dozen and a half players who are destined to solid NHL careers.

The Sedin twins, who wanted to start in the NHL together. Would making a move to acquire another top three pick be too closely for the wealthy Hawk management both in terms of money and players?

Why would this franchise, with a dwindling fan base want to bring two of the most publicized promising young players to town?

What if the failed? With this #4 pick, there was the chance to acquire a possible first line centre, something lacking in Chicago since Jeremy Roenick departed.

Hawk fan faithful bombarded the Hawk website with requests to keep and use the pick. (I pleaded that same case in articles you can read below prior to the McCabe trade.) Read more»

Hawks 2001 Draft analysis

by Bill Placzek
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This was Mike Smith’s maiden voyage as General Manager, though he has worked for months prior for the Blackhawks organization in the capacity as advisor in the draft.
Assessing prior draft results showed there was much needed, and Smith started by holding on to his two first rounders and then moving down in the second to add additional picks as the draft went on.

Chicago’s 1st round pick, 10th overall, was center and power forward Mikhail Yakubov, 6’3″ 185-pounder from Barnaul, Russia. He is a creative playmaker who works every shift and whose size/skill ratio projects to any forward position. This big hard driving horse plays a power game and will take the hit to make the play. He has jump in his stride along with puck skills, and nose for the net. He is a good faceoff man with a strong work ethic, always defensively responsible and doing the little things that make good three zone players.

Going into the 2000 entry draft, the Hawks felt he was one of the players that would most likely be taken before pick #10. There were a couple questionable reaches made by teams ahead of the Hawks, so when he was still available, they could not afford to pass him up. Their original plan was to make Pavel Vorobiev their “safe” pick and try and trade the other #11 overall pick for more higher picks. They never even interviewed Yabukov. The unlikely happened, and when he dropped into the Hawk lap, General Manager Mike Smith called timeout and said he was going use both picks for Russian team forwards, no less.
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One last look at what the Blackhawks might do

by Bill Placzek
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The Blackhawks needs are many. The organization has deteriorated due to poor player evaluation at every level, and the newest messiah, GM Smith has a large cupboard to refill. There is a need for a developmental goaltender who actually can really end up as a major leaguer over time. The goalie position has only a few candidates, none whom have displayed the solid skills needed to be a regular NHL goaltender. At least one goalie will be picked possibly in the first three picks.

This team needs a speedy scorer. This team needs a #1 centre. This team needs faster big forwards who will sacrifice themselves along the boards, make it back on defense. This team needs transition defenseman and hard rock defensemen capable of making excellent passes out of their zone and also
being quick out of their own end, if they are not quarterback types. This team needs team guys that won’t quit.

The seats in Chicago have seen less fans as the team swan dived a second year Read more»