Photo: Center Teuvo Teravainen is an offensive dynamo in Finland’s top pro circuit and captain of Finland’s gold medal team at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks Top 20 ranking update maintains much of the depth from the fall ranking despite the graduation of Brandon Saad and loss to trade/waivers of prospects like Jimmy Hayes, Dylan Olsen, Ryan Stanton, and Kyle Beach.
Photo: Marcus Kruger, a fifth round selection, has the most NHL games played from the Blackhawks 2009 draft class (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)
The Chicago Blackhawks made eight selections at the 2009 NHL Draft. Marcus Kruger is the only player with his name on the Stanley Cup, while several others remain promising NHL prospects.
Photo: Defenseman Adam Clendening, a second round pick in 2011, leads the Rockford IceHogs in scoring in 2013-14 (courtesy of Warren Wimmer/Icon SMI)
Following a hot start to the season for the Rockford IceHogs, the AHL affiliate for the Chicago Blackhawks, the squad has settled into a familiar spot in the standings. The 'Hogs hold the eighth spot in the West with an 18-18-4-2 record but have played three to four more games than many other teams.
Photo: San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl turned in another solid month in November to earn the top spot in HF’s ranking of the top NHL rookies (courtesy of Rocky Widner/Getty Image)
The Hockey's Future Calder Trophy poll for November reflected the depth of the 2013-14 rookie class as 22 players received votes from members of the staff. This month's Top 10 was impacted by several early season call-ups who have emerged while a handful of players who opened the season with a bang but then cooled off are no longer in this month's Top 10 (actually eleven since there was a tie for the 10th spot).
Photo: Brandon Pirri earned an opportunity on Chicago’s second line and has responded with three goals, one assist in his last five games (courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon SMI)
The Chicago Blackhawks’ organizational depth has begun to break through to the NHL level in 2013-14. Led by Brandon Pirri, a handful of prospects have seen playing time in Chicago so far this season, while the depth on the wing and the blue line allowed General Manager Stan Bowman to swing a trade for former-Blackhawk Kris Versteeg.