Photo: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Stephen Johns, selected 60th overall at the 2010 NHL draft, led Rockford in playoff scoring to cap off a career-best scoring season in 2014-15 (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
The Chicago Blackhawks went into the 2010 NHL Entry Draft plagued by uncertainty. Sure, the team was fresh off winning their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, but the celebration could only last so long. The fact of the matter was the Blackhawks were pressed against the salary cap, so the offseason would see general manager Stan Bowman make a flurry of trades and signings to ensure the Blackhawks were both cap-compliant and a Cup contender. It probably sounds familiar.
Photo: Boston University forward Jack Eichel (#9, lower right) watches his backhand shot enter the net to give BU the early 1-0 lead. Eichel scored two goals and added an assist in his team’s 5-3 win over the University of North Dakota (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
While it was by no means a one-man performance, Boston University forward Jack Eichel provided further proof of why he is considered a lock to be chosen second overall at the 2015 NHL Draft. Eichel and his BU teammates defeated a determined University of North Dakota squad, 5-3, in the second semi-final contest at the 2015 Frozen Four in Boston, MA. Read more»
Photo: University of North Dakota forward Drake Caggiula and Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel are a pair of nine’s that led their schools in scoring in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Tim G. Zechar/Icon Sportswire and Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
While the first semi-final game at the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four features two schools with little or no history at this event, the second game of the day pits two schools – Boston University and the University of North Dakota – with a combined 63 appearances and 43 titles between them. Read more»
Photo: Chicago prospect Anthony Louis helped Miami reach the NCAA Tournament with a 36 point sophomore campaign. (courtesy of Tim Zechar/Icon Sportswire)
Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has seen the enormous potential in scouting both European and collegiate players, and nothing shows this more than his recent draft history. In the last two drafts, 12 of Bowman’s 17 selections would skate in either the NCAA or Europe the very next season.
There’s clearly no rush to get these young guns to the NHL just yet, so allowing these prospects to perfect their game in their respective leagues has been crucial for their development. Several Blackhawks prospects will also have a chance for an NCAA Championship at the 2015 Frozen Four as well.
Photo: University of Minnesota defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Mike Reilly was among the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)
The final 2014-15 edition of the NCAA prospects notebook takes a look back at some excellent collegiate hockey prospect performances and other noteworthy items. Unless otherwise indicated, all stats are current as of April 1st. Read more»