Photo: Chicago prospect Gustav Forsling hit 100 shots on goal in 48 SHL games this season despite playing second-pairing minutes for Linköping (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
To say the Chicago Blackhawks have a fondness for developing players in Europe and at the collegiate level is an understatement. 23 prospects laced up either overseas or in college for the 2015-16 season, and a handful had standout seasons for their respective teams. This route of developing talent has become a recent trend in Chicago, with Jonathan Toews, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Teuvo Teravainen being just a few success stories for the Blackhawks. Read more»
Photo: Matt Iacopelli’s strong shot is one reason he leads the USHL in goals in 2014-15 (courtesy of Brandon Anderson/BA Photos)
It is no secret the Chicago Blackhawks are not exactly stacked with young players in the juniors. In fact, with Ryan Hartman having turned pro with the Rockford IceHogs this season, the Hawks do not have a single prospect playing in the CHL.
Photo: Stephen Johns is one of Chicago’s many hulking defensemen who likely have a future in the NHL (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
For years, one of the key concerns plaguing the Chicago Blackhawks was the lack of a quality second-line center. While general manager Stan Bowman is hoping his big free agent acquisition, Brad Richards, is a temporary solution for the 2014-15 season, the answer for future seasons may come from within the organization. Bowman and Co. have taken it upon themselves over the past few years to draft a plethora of centers.
Photo: Boston College goaltender and Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko was the first collegian chosen on the second day of the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)
The 2014 NHL Draft proved to be very good for NCAA hockey as 61 current and future collegians were selected by NHL teams. Read more»
Photo: The Blackhawks traded up from 27th to 20th overall in order to select playmaking center Nick Schmaltz from the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
The Chicago Blackhawks added nine prospects to the organization at the 2014 NHL Draft, led by Wisconsin native and former Chicago Mission forward, Nick Schmaltz.