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Who stood out at Hawks prospect camp

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HaydenBrian A Killian/Getty ImagesJohn Hayden, a third-round pick in 2013, impressed Hawks GM Stan Bowman at prospect camp.

CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks wrapped up their annual prospect camp Friday. The camp entailed mostly skill work and practice for players under entry-level contracts, but unsigned prospects had a number of chances to compete throughout.

Here are some of those prospects who stood out during the six-day gathering at Johnny’s IceHouse West:

John Hayden, forward, third-round pick in 2013: Hayden made an impression with his size and offensive ability during the week, including on Chicago general manager Stan Bowman, who mentioned him first after the camp. Hayden is one of the Blackhawks’ bigger forward prospects at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. He showed he has more than size, displaying some skating ability and a knack for scoring goals (four over three scrimmages). He’ll be a sophomore at Yale next season.

Nick Schmaltz, forward, first-round pick in 2014: Schmaltz hit the ice as a Blackhawks prospect for the first time since being drafted in June, and he didn’t disappoint. The 18-year-old Wisconsin native has some elite offensive skills. He has quick hands and knows how to create space for himself -- and turned in a handful of highlight plays during the week. If he continues to develop, it’ll be difficult for the Blackhawks to keep him in college for four years. He’s set to be a freshman at North Dakota next season.

Anthony Louis, forward, sixth-round pick in 2013: Louis could be one of those late-round steals for the Blackhawks. His size (5-7, 150 pounds) is always going to be questioned, but he’s a tremendous playmaker. He was on a line with Hayden and Schmaltz throughout the week, and there was magic at times between them. Louis created something out of nothing, and it often led to goals for his linemates during the camp. He’ll be a sophomore at Miami (Ohio) next season.

Nick Mattson, defenseman, sixth-round pick in 2010: Mattson was attending his fifth prospect camp and will likely have one more in his future. The Blackhawks have liked his development since they drafted when he was in the USHL. He caught people’s attention with his ability to maneuver with the puck and see the ice during the week. His defensive game has also improved over the years. He’ll return to North Dakota for his senior season.

Vince Hinostroza, forward, sixth-round pick in 2012: Hinostroza arrived to the camp late because of school obligations, but made up for it by the end of the week. He has taken some steps in his game since last season and put on some muscle. He was stronger with the puck and scored three goals over the final two scrimmages. He had a productive freshman season at Notre Dame, and the Blackhawks like where his game is headed. He’s set to return to the Fighting Irish for his sophomore campaign.

Michael Paliotta, defenseman, third-round pick in 2011: Paliotta is another defenseman who has been around the block a few times at the prospect camp and has made some strides. He has quality size at 6-3 and 198 pounds and can skate. He has more of a shutdown defenseman, but he does possess offensive ability. He scored a goal on a big shot from the blue line during the second scrimmage. He’ll be a senior at Vermont next season.

Robin Norell, defenseman, fourth-round pick in 2013: Norell looked further ahead than the organization’s other Swedish defensemen at the camp. He was solid all week. He was able handle the puck and be defensively responsible. He’s still only 19, but he’s coming along. He’s expected to play in Sweden again next season.

Beau Starrett, forward, third-round pick in 2014: Starrett can’t be missed as a 6-5 forward. He’s a long-term project and won’t even begin college until 2015, but he could be worth the wait. He displayed a powerful shot and scored twice during the scrimmages. He’s expected to play in the USHL next season.

Prospect watch: Pirri AHL All-Star MVP

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Brandon Pirri, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted second round in 2009: The 22-year-old Pirri was named the MVP of the AHL All-Star Game Classic after having two goals and an assist in a 7-2 win over Färjestad BK on Wednesday. He also has one goal and one assist in two games for the IceHogs since being reassigned from the Blackhawks last week.

Jeremy Morin, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired via trade in 2010: The 22-year-old Morin recorded his first professional hat track in the IceHogs’ 8-3 win over the Iowa Wild on Saturday. He also added an assist in the victory. He has six goals and three assists in his last six games. He had 15 goals and 16 assists in 35 games this season.

Ryan Hartman, forward, Plymouth Whalers (OHL), drafted first round in 2013: The 19-year-old Hartman is on a five-game points streak. He has six goals and one assist during the streak. He’s come on again after having just three points in his previous eight games. He has 19 goals, 17 assists, and a minus-16 rating in 38 games this season.

Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (Finland), drafted first round in 2012: The 19-year-old Teravainen pushed his points streak to 11 games with an assist in Jokerit’s 4-2 loss to Porin Assat on Tuesday. He has 20 points during the streak and leads Jokerit with 37 points, which includes five goals and 32 assists, in 40 games this season.

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Prospect watch: First-round picks producing

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Ryan Hartman, F, Plymouth Whalers (OHL), drafted 1st round in 2013: The 19-year-old regained his scoring touch in the Whalers’ last two games with a goal against the Kingston Frontenacs on Jan. 31 and two goals against the Belleville Bulls on Feb. 1. Those were his first goals since Dec. 14. He has 16 goals, 16 assists and a minus-18 rating in 35 games this season.

Kevin Hayes, F, Boston College (NCAA), drafted 1st round in 2010: The 21-year-old senior had his points streak snapped at 12 games in Boston College’s 2-0 win over Providence on Jan. 31. He had a goal in a 3-1 win over Boston University on Monday. He has 20 goals, 26 assists and a plus-25 rating in 27 games this season.

Teuvo Teravainen, F, Jokerit (Finland), drafted 1st round in 2012: Teravainen, 19, is the hottest player in the system. He recently had two assists in Jokerit’s 4-2 win over SaiPa Lappeenranta, one assist in a 2-1 shootout loss to JYP Jyvaskyla and one assist in a 3-2 overtime win over Ilves Tampere. He has 18 points over the last nine games and leads Jokerit with 35 points in 38 games.

Mark McNeill, F, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 1st round in 2011: The 20-year-old had a goal and two assists in the IceHogs’ 6-4 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Tuesday. He has 13 goals, 12 assists and a minus-eight rating in 49 games this season.

Adam Clendening, D, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 2nd round in 2011: Clendening had two assists and a plus-four rating in the IceHogs’ win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday. the 21-year-old has six goals, 29 assists and a plus-five rating in 48 games this season.

Dillon Fournier, D, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL), drafted 2nd round in 2012: The 19-year-old Fournier hasn’t played since Dec. 29 because of an upper-body injury. He has 13 goals, 19 assists and a plus-10 rating in 36 games this season.

Tyler Motte, F, Michigan (NCAA), drafted 4th round in 2013: Motte, a freshman, scored a goal in each of Michigan’s wins over Wisconsin last weekend. the 18-year-old has seven goals, four assists, 68 shots and a plus-nine rating in 22 games this season.

Travis Brown, D, Victoria Royals (WHL), drafted 5th round in 2012: The 19-year-old Brown’s offensive production has slowed down over the last few months. He had nine goals and 24 assists by the end of November. Since then, he’s had one goal and nine assists. He does have an assist in two of his last three games. He has 10 goals, 33 assists and a minus-26 rating in 54 games this season. He’s had one goal, four assists and a plus-six rating since being traded to the Royals last month.

Maxim Shalunov, F, Toledo Walleye (ECHL), drafted 4th round in 2011: Shalunov has scored goals in four of his last five games. The 21-year-old has nine goals and one assists in 14 games for the Walleye.

Alex Broadhurst, F, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 7th round in 2011: The 20-year-old has two goals and three assists over the last four games. He has nine goals, 17 assists and a minus-six rating in 48 games this season.

Brandon Mashinter, F, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired in trade in 2013: Mashinter, 25, scored three goals in the last two games. He has seven goals and five assists in 20 games since joining the IceHogs.

Robin Press, D, Sodertalje SK (Sweden), drafted 7th round in 2013: The 19-year-old has three goals, five assists and a plus-one rating in 41 games this season.

Kirill Gotovets, D, Cornell (NCAA), acquired in trade in 2013: Gotovets, a 22-year-old senior, has three assists, a plus-five rating and 43 blocked shots in 21 games this season.

Mac Carruth, G, Toledo Walleye (ECHL), drafted 7th round in 2010: The 21-year-old Carruth has had a save percentage of .917 or higher in each of his last five games. He’s 7-10-0 with a 3.05 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in 18 games for the Walleye.

Sam Jardine, D, Ohio State (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2011: The 20-year-old sophomore has nine assists, a plus-five rating and 25 blocked shots in 23 games this season.

Prospect watch: Hayes' streak reaches 12

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Kevin Hayes, F, Boston College (NCAA), drafted 1st round in 2010: The 21-year-old senior pushed his points streak to 12 games last week. He had two goals in a 3-2 win over Penn State on Saturday and has 13 goals and 14 assists since his streak began on Nov. 29.

Teuvo Teravainen, F, Jokerit (Finland), drafted 1st round in 2012: The 19-year-old Teravainen continued to pile up points last week. He had three assists in Jokerit’s 7-1 win over TPS Turku on Saturday. He has 14 points in the last six games and leads Jokerit with 31 points in 35 games.

Jeremy Morin, F, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired via trade in 2010: Morin, 22, had two goals and seven shots on net in the IceHogs’ 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday. He has 11 goals, 13 assists and 133 shots on goal in 30 games this season.

Adam Clendening, D, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 2nd round in 2011: The 21-year-old leads the IceHogs with 33 points. He has six goals, 27 assists and a plus-two rating in 45 games this season. He had a goal in the IceHogs’ win Sunday.

Maxim Shalunov, F, Toledo Walleye (ECHL), drafted 4th round in 2011: The 21-year-old Shalunov had the game-winning goal in the Walleye’s 3-2 win over the Evansville IceMen on Wednesday and also had two goals in their 4-2 win over the Greenville Road Warriors on Sunday. He was recently loaned to the Walleye. He has seven goals and one assist in 11 games with Toledo this season.

Mac Carruth, G, Toledo Walleye (ECHL), drafted 7th round in 2010: Carruth, 21, made 30 saves on 32 shots in a win over Evansville on Wednesday, 25 saves on 27 shots in a win over Greenville on Sunday and 35 saves on 38 shots in a loss to Reading on Saturday. He is 6-9-0 with a 3.12 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 16 games in Toledo this season.

Alex Broadhurst, F, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 7th round in 2011: The 20-year-old had a goal and an assist in the IceHogs’ win over Milwaukee on Sunday. He has eight goals and 15 assists in 45 games this season.

Anthony Louis, F, Miami Ohio (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2013: The 18-year-old freshman had one goal and two assists in Miami’s 6-1 win over Colorado College on Saturday. He has five goals and eight assists in 23 games this season.

Ryan Hartman, F, Plymouth Whalers (OHL), drafted 1st round in 2013: Hartman’s production hasn’t been at the same level since he returned from an injury and the World Junior Championship in early January. The 19-year-old had zero goals, three assists and a minus-two rating in eight games this month. He has 13 goals, 16 assists and a minus-18 rating in 33 games this season.

Sam Jardine, D, Ohio State (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2011: The 20-year-old sophomore had two assists, one block and a plus-two rating in Ohio State’s 3-1 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. He has eight assists, 23 blocks and a plus-two rating in 21 games this season.

Vince Hinostroza, F, Notre Dame (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2012: Hinostroza, a 19-year-old freshman, had a goal and an assist in the Fighting Irish’s 3-0 win over Northeastern on Saturday. He’s tied for second on the team with 22 points. He has six goals and 16 assists in 19 games.

Michael Paliotta, D, Vermont (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2011: Paliotta, a junior, has seven assists in his last six games. The 20-year-old has three goals, 16 assists and 34 blocks in 25 games this season.

Prospect watch: Teravainen, Hayes rolling

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Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (Finland), drafted first round in 2012: The 19-year-old Teravainen is on an absolute tear since he returned from the World Junior Championship earlier this month. He has two goals and nine assists over the past five games. He had a goal and an assist in Jokerit's last game, a 5-1 win over KalPa Kuopio on Tuesday. With the added 11 points, he now leads Jokerit with 28 points in 34 games. That's despite missing 11 games this season.

Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted first round in 2010: The 21-year-old Hayes, a senior, continues to light it up. He's on an 11-game points streak dating back to No. 29. He has 11 goals and 14 assists during that span. He had two assists in a 6-4 win over Boston University on Jan. 17, three goals and two assists in a 7-2 win over Maine on Jan. 18, and a goal in a 4-1 win over Merrimack on Tuesday. Boston College improved to 16-4-3 with the three wins and is now ranked second in the USCHO.com poll.

Brandon Pirri, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted second round in 2009: The 22-year-old Pirri could return to the IceHogs' lineup this weekend after missing nearly three weeks with a lower-body injury. He hasn't played since Dec. 30. He's officially considered day-to-day.

Joakim Nordstrom, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted third round in 2010: The 21-year-old Nordstrom scored his fifth goal of the month in the IceHogs' 3-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies on Monday. He has five goals and five assists in January. He's tied for second on the team with 24 points and leads the team with a plus-nine rating.

Jeremy Morin, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired via trade in 2010: The 22-year-old Morin continues to create chances. He has 38 shots on goal in nine games in January. He had an assist in the IceHogs' loss to the Marlies on Monday. He has three goals and five assists for the month.

Vince Hinostroza, forward, Notre Dame (NCAA), drafted sixth round in 2012: The 19-year-old Hinostroza, a freshman, had three assists in the Fighting Irish's 6-3 win over Lake Superior State on Jan. 17. He's tied with two others for second on the team with 20 points. He has five goals and 15 assists in 20 games.

Michael Paliotta, defenseman, Vermont (NCAA), drafted third round in 2011: The 20-year-old Paliotta, a junior, tallied three assists in two games against Northeastern last weekend. He had one assist in a 3-2 loss on Jan. 17 and two assists in a 4-1 win on Jan. 18. He has three goals, 14 assists and 31 blocks in 23 games this season.

Stephen Johns, defenseman, Notre Dame (NCAA), drafted second round in 2010: The 21-year-old Johns, a senior, had an assist and two blocks in each of Notre Dame's wins over Lake Superior State last weekend. He leads the team with 38 blocks. He also has four goals, eight assists and a plus-three rating in 23 games.

Matt Tomkins, goaltender, Ohio State (NCAA), drafted seventh round in 2012: The 19-year-old Tomkins, a freshman, stopped 26-of-27 shots in a 1-0 loss to top-ranked Minnesota on Jan. 17. He's 6-4-1 with a 2.45 goals-against average and .919 save percentage this season.

John Hayden, forward, Yale (NCAA), drafted third round in 2013: The 18-year-old Hayden, a freshman, had four points in two games last weekend. He had an assist in a 3-2 loss to Clarkson on Jan. 17 and two goals and an assist in a 4-2 win over St. Lawrence on Jan. 18. He has three goals and five assists in 17 games this season.

Prospect watch: Whitney has surgery

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Brandon Whitney, goaltender, Victoriaville Tigres (QJMHL), drafted seventh round in 2012: The 19-year-old Whitney suffered four fractures near his larynx and underwent successful surgery last week after taking a puck to his throat during a practice, according to a Tigres’ news release. He was coming off shutouts in two of his previous three games. He’s 12-22-0 with a 3.23 goals-against average and .907 save percentage this season.

Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted first round in 2010: The 21-year-old Hayes, a senior, has been one of the Blackhawks’ hottest prospects this season. He’s currently on an eight-game points streak dating back to Nov. 29. He has seven goals and 10 assists during that span. He had a goal and an assist in Boston College’s 3-3 tie with Brown on Saturday and a goal and two assists in its 5-2 win over Providence on Friday. He’s third in the country with 35 points.

Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (Finland), drafted 1st round in 2012: The 19-year-old Teravainen continued his hot roll in his first game back with Jokerit after dominating the World Junior Championship. He had three assists in Jokerit’s 4-3 win over Espoo Blues on Friday.

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Prospect Watch: Clendening leading IceHogs

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Adam Clendening, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Clendening leads the IceHogs and is third among the AHL’s defensemen with 23 points. He has four goals, 19 assists and a plus-three rating on the season. He’s currently on a four-game points streak and has five points during that span.

Dillon Fournier, defenseman, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Fournier has one goal and three assists over his last three games. He has 10 goals, 17 assists and a plus-17 rating in 32 games this season. He leads the Huskies’ defensemen and seventh in the league among defensemen with 27 points.

Terry Broadhurst, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Broadhurst has moved into second place on the IceHogs with 19 points. He has points in three of his last four games.

Brandon Pirri, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Pirri has accumulated one goal and four assists in five games since being reassigned from the Blackhawks. He’s had two games of two assists.

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Prospect Watch: Two vying for U.S. juniors

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Tyler Motte, forward, Michigan (NCAA)
Motte, a freshman, was one of two Blackhawks’ prospects to be named to the U.S. National Junior Team 26-play preliminary roster for the World Junior Championship on Wednesday. The roster will be cut to 23 players after an upcoming training camp. Motte has five goals and two assists in 13 games this season.

Ryan Hartman, forward, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Hartman was also named the U.S. National Junior Team preliminary roster. Hartman missed three more games last week due to an upper-body injury. He hasn’t played since Nov. 9. He has 10 goals and 11 assists in 20 games this season.

Kyle Beach, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Beach, a 2008 first-round pick, had one of his finest games with the organization on Saturday. He scored three goals, including the game-winner, to defeat the Chicago Wolves 4-3 in Rockford. Beach has been a frequent healthy scratch for the IceHogs since returning from Sweden in October. He was even scratched against the Wolves on Friday. The three goals were the first three of his season. He’s played six games this season.

Kent Simpson, goaltender, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Simpson became the IceHogs’ No. 1 goaltender when Antti Raanta was recalled by the Blackhawks last month. Since Raanta left, Simpson has gone 3-2 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. Of the 13 goals Simpson has allowed in the last five games, seven were at even strength.

Terry Broadhurst, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Broadhurst accumulated three points in two games against the Wolves over the weekend. He scored the team’s lone goal on Friday and added two assists on Saturday. He has six goals and 10 assists on the season. He’s tied with his brother, Alex, for second on the team with 16 points.

Dillon Fournier, defenseman, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Fournier had a goal and two assists in Rouyn-Noranda’s 5-3 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs on Saturday. He has nine goals, 14 assists and a plus-13 rating in 27 games this season.

Michael Paliotta, defenseman, Vermont (NCAA)
Paliotta, a senior, has been on a roll the last few weeks. He’s recorded points in the Catamounts’ last four games. He had a goal in Vermont’s 3-2 win over Maine on Friday and an assist in a 5-2 win over Maine on Saturday. He’s had five points in the last four games. He has one goal and five assists on the season.

Stephen Johns, defenseman, Notre Dame (NCAA)
Johns, a senior, had a goal in each of the Fighting Irish’s games over the weekend. He scored in Notre Dame’s 5-2 win over Alabama-Huntsville on Friday and in their 3-2 loss to Northeastern on Saturday. He has four goals and five assists on the season.

Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (NCAA)
Hayes, a senior, scored two goals and had an assist in Boston College’s 5-4 loss to Holy Cross on Friday. He has eight goals and 13 assists on the season and is second on the team with 21 points.

Matt Tomkins, goaltender, Ohio State (NCAA)
Tomkins, a freshman, hasn’t played for the Buckeyes since suffering a lower-body injury in the first period against Niagara on Nov. 9. He has a 2.76 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in nine games.

Hawks Prospect Watch: Motte earns Big Ten honor

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Tyler Motte, forward, Michigan (NCAA)
Motte, a freshman, was awarded the Big Ten’s second star of the week after he had a goal and two assists against Niagara on Friday. It was the first multi-point game of his career. He has five goals and two assists in 11 games.

Ryan Hartman, forward, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Hartman has missed the Whalers’ last five games and is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury, according to a Whalers’ spokesperson. He hasn’t played since Nov. 9. He is tied for a team-leading 21 points. He has 10 goals and 11 assists in 20 games.

Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (SM-liiga)
Teravainen had two assists in Jokerit’s last three games. He has three goals and 12 assists in 21 games this season.

Klas Dahlbeck, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Dahlbeck scored the game-winning goal in the IceHogs’ 4-3 win over the Charlotte Checkers on Sunday. Dahlbeck also led the team with five shots on goal. He has six goals and six assists in 21 games this season.

Michael Paliotta, defenseman, Vermont (NCAA)
Paliotta, a junior, tallied a total of three assists in the Catamounts’ two weekend wins over Massachusetts. He has four assists in 11 games this season.

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Prospect Watch: Hayes among leaders

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Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (NCAA)
Hayes, a senior, continued accumulating points as he combined for two goals and three assists in Boston College’s recent wins over Boston University and Army. He’s tied for eighth in the country with 14 points, which includes five goals and nine assists.

Matt Tomkins, goaltender, Ohio State (NCAA)
Tomkins, a freshman, had to leave Saturday’s game against Niagara in the first period to an injury. The school is reporting he is day to day and will play not this week against Canisius. He has a 2.76 goals-against average and .910 percentage in nine games this season.

Adam Clendening, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Clendening has a team-high 15 points and 12 assists for the IceHogs. He’s registered a point in the last three games. He’s also tied for second with a plus-3 rating.

Travis Brown, defenseman, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Brown pushed his points streak to four games with a goal against the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Tuesday. Brown leads the Warriors with 26 points and 18 assists. He also has a minus-11 rating in 24 games.

Stephen Johns, defenseman, Notre Dame (NCAA)
Johns, a senior, compiled a goal and two assists in two recent games against top-ranked Minnesota. He had an assist and one blocked shot in Notre Dame’s 4-1 win over the Gophers on Friday. On Saturday, he had a goal, an assists two penalties, four blocked shots and a minus-3 rating in a 5-4 loss.

Kyle Beach, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Beach was healthy scratched the last two games. IceHogs coach Ted Dent said Wednesday that he had 14 forwards and Beach would have to wait his turn. He has played in three games and had zero points since returning from Sweden last month.

Vincent Hinostroza, forward, Notre Dame (NCAA)
Hinostroza had four points against Minnesota last week. He had an assist in the first game and three assists and a plus-3 rating in the second game. He’s tied for 18th in the country with 12 points.

Insider: Top 100 NHL prospects for 2013-14

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Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus identifies his Top 100 prospects for the upcoming season, with extended thoughts on the Top 25. Although Jonathan Drouin was the No. 3 overall pick in the draft this offseason, he tops the list, and the Blackhawks' Teuvo Teravainen comes in at No. 21.

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Spotlight on Saad at Prospects Camp

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CHICAGO -- At 19, Brandon Saad is already the most experienced NHL player attending Blackhawks Prospects Camp this week at Johnny’s IceHouse West.

Saad is about the only one of the 53 attending who might make the roster out of this year’s training camp, just as he did last year. Add a cup of coffee in the playoffs to his resume and Saad is on the right track. His second prospects camp since being drafted in the second round in 2011 has all eyes on him, even above and beyond first-round picks who are attending.

“It’s easier than last year. [I’m] feeling more comfortable but it’s never easy,” Saad said. “It’s a clean slate. I have to come in and prove myself again and play even better to make the team. I’m looking at a huge summer to make the team.”

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Saad couldn’t have played much better for his juniors team, the Saginaw Spirit, last season. He produced 76 points in 44 regular season games, adding another 17 in 12 playoff contests. He was a man among boys with little left to prove at that level of hockey.

“I could go back as an over-ager,” Saad said of returning to juniors. “They allow three of them. But I’m old enough to play in the AHL so we’ll see what they have in store for me.”

You can count on Saad playing close to the Hawks if not for them. Rockford (AHL) is only a short ride away but Saad has plans of sticking in Chicago.

“It’s just been a summer of training,” he said. “It’s been huge for me. Just training hard, looking forward to the season.”

Unless the Hawks think he needs some seasoning Saad could be a top-six addition to the forwards right away. But a stint in the minors to begin the year isn’t out of the question. If and when he dominates there a return trip to Chicago will be in order. Prospects camp is just the start for the budding winger.

“I want to make an impression like everyone else,” Saad said.

He did that a long time ago.

Teuvo Teravainen, forward: The Finnish first-round pick of the Hawks just last month is getting himself familiar with his new surroundings.

“I met some new guys, some new friends here,” he said.

Teravainen had crowds of media around him after the first day of workouts on Monday. He says he’s getting used to the attention but is focused on the team.

“I want to meet the [whole] team and get to know them better,” Teravainen said.

Chris Calnan, forward: It’s not a surprise the nephew of former Hawks star Jeremy Roenick is a good talker. But the 2012 third-round pick is more interested in making an impression on the ice.

That’s on the advice of Roenick.

“He just told me, ‘You’re going to be part of a great organization. Make a good first impression in camp.’ ” Calnan said. “So that’s what I’m looking to do.”

Kevin Hayes, forward: Hayes is the younger brother of Jimmy Hayes, who made a splash with the Hawks last season after being recalled from Rockford. Kevin is still in college in Boston where he won the NCAA title with Boston College last year. This is his third prospects camp since being drafted in the first round in 2010.

“You come in your first year, you’re a little nervous, don’t know what to expect,” Hayes explained. “The second year you have a little bit of knowledge but still one of the young guys. This year I came in and I knew exactly what was going to happen…I felt really comfortable.”

Hayes will return to Boston College for his junior season this fall.

Vincent Hinostroza, forward: Drafted last month in the sixth round, Hinostroza had the shortest commute for camp, coming in from Bartlett. He grew up a Hawks fan and is more than comfortable in his surroundings.

“A lot of familiar faces with the coaches and stuff because I’ve been a fan for so long,” he said.
Hinostroza said he was recovering from knee surgery while the Hawks were winning the 2010 Stanley Cup. He watched everything from his couch and now he’s looking forward to meeting those that are left over from that team. His new teammates.

“Its nuts,” he said. “It’s a crazy feeling. It’s a dream come true.”

Adam Clendening, defense: The second-round 2012 pick signed an entry-level deal recently, declaring himself ready for pro hockey. But not before he improved his defensive game.

“Everyone says I’m really offensive,” Clendening said. “I’ve tried to play on the defensive side of the puck as much as I can. And be the most reliable guy at [Boston University] and I became that there.”

Saad boosts his chances with game-winner

September, 23, 2011
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If a star can be born in the preseason, then Chicago Blackhawks nation is witnessing the event. Brandon Saad could just be the real deal.

The 18-year-old second round pick from this past June is turning heads enough that he might be in consideration to break camp with the Hawks instead of being sent back to juniors. And that was even before he scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night at the United Center.

“It was pretty awesome,” said Saad, who also assisted on Viktor Stalberg's first goal. “It’s still sinking in, but it’s pretty awesome for sure.”

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AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhThe Blackhawks' Brandon Saad (43) celebrates with Jonathan Toews (19) after Saad scored the game-winning goal on Friday.
Joel Quenneville must feel the same way. The Blackhawks coach has raved about Saad since training camp began.

“There is always a surprise or two every camp,” Quenneville said. “He’s someone we talk about regularly. He’s got good puck presence. You notice him shift to shift. The puck follows him around, he protects it, he can keep it, he can make plays, he sees plays, his anticipation is high-end. I think he’s one of those players that can play with good players and sees the game at a good level.”

Quenneville went on and on for good reason. Saad’s decision making on both scoring plays was top-notch, not to mention his execution. He sent a perfect pass to Stalberg across the slot for his helper then buried the game winner after a Jonathan Toews set-up.

“I’ve been working hard all around, but finally got a couple in,” Saad said.

Quenneville didn’t rule it out when asked if Saad could make the team.

“I don’t know,” he said. “If he keeps doing that every day we’ll probably be talking about him the next day. So I don’t know, we’ll see. It’s not something I think we envisioned, but every year, every training camp there is always somebody that will get your attention and capture it and you have to look at the case a little differently. I think he’s done that.”

Saad was considered a first-round talent but dropped to the second round, 43rd overall. The Blackhawks’ two 2011 first-round picks, Mark McNeill and Phillip Danault, have already been sent back to their junior teams and Saad is the only Hawk to play in all three preseason games. Quenneville indicated he would play in Sunday’s game as well. Those facts might be more telling than any about Saad’s chances of making the team.

“It’s a little motivation, but I try not to worry about the past too much,” Saad said of dropping in the draft. “It’s a fresh start.”

Saad got his chances in the third period when Quenneville moved him up to play with Toews and Stalberg. Toews knows a little something about making the team as a teenager.

“You have to have the right mind set,” he explained. “You’re not going to move over for the older guys. You have to have that confidence that you can play against them and fit right in. You have that respect for them in the locker room, but when you get out there on the ice it’s anyone’s game. It’s all about finding that confidence. He’s one of those guys that’s showing he can do that.”

A nice story or a real chance at bumping a veteran and making the roster?

“It’s still early in camp but it’s been fun watching him,” Quenneville said.

We agree.

Slappers

  • Stalberg scored twice in the third period. Quenneville said he’s having a “very good camp.”

  • The Hawks will take their first day off on Saturday before taking on the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday afternoon.
  • Kane shows he's back with two goals

    September, 18, 2011
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    Patrick Kane's appearance in a scrimmage was the Day 2 highlight of Chicago Blackhawks training camp. Kane looked like a man among boys, skating as well, if not better, than anyone on the ice.

    And as usual, he knew where to put the puck: right below the crossbar.

    “Both my goals were pretty much under the bar,” Kane said. “That’s how you have to score in this league. It’s tough to beat a goalie along the ice or middle of the net because they are so big and so wide. You really have to pick your corners.”

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    Dennis Wierzbicki/US PpresswirePatrick Kane, who hurt his wrist in the playoffs last season, didn't seem bothered by the injury at camp on Saturday.
    Count Alexander Salak among Kane’s admirers. He gave up both of Kane’s scores.

    “It was pretty fast,” Salak said with a smile. “I couldn’t even react. He scored on me twice today. He’s a really good player. There are amazing guys on this team.”

    If Kane wants to get near or over 100 points he’ll probably have to score more on the power play, where he notched just five goals last season. Finding the corners will help do the trick. In any case, any thoughts of a slow start due to his wrist injury alleviated with one scrimmage. He looked dominant.

    Slappers

  • Salak says he won’t be “heartbroken” if he doesn’t win the backup goalie job.

    “It’s just two days,” he said. “I’ll give my best but won’t be heartbroken.”

  • The first training camp fight occurred Sunday between Dan Carcillo and Andrew Shaw. Carcillo was coming to the defense of Viktor Stalberg after Shaw hit Stalberg.

    “He made a big hit,” Carcillo said. “[I] slashed him, he slashed me back and that was that.”
    Carcillo said he was a little rusty and was frustrated with his game. He also called Shaw “a feisty young kid” who reminds him of a younger Carcillo.

    “It’s a man’s game,” Carcillo said. “It’s a hockey fight, it happens in hockey.”

    Shaw, meanwhile, likes to mix it up. He was the 139th pick in the NHL draft this past summer and was pleased to get a chance to fight a veteran.

    “We both play with an edge,” Shaw said. “I was glad he said yes. We had some fun with it. I’ve always enjoyed playing that role.”

    Carcillo won the fight in a close decision.

  • Duncan Keith has been asked more than a few times about the rest he enjoyed during the long summer. Brent Seabrook needed it just as much.

    “It was good to rest some nagging things that occur over the years,” Seabrook said. “It was good to rest the head and give yourself a mental break.”

    Seabrook has endured two vicious head shots over the least two seasons, including Raffi Torres’ blow in last year’s playoffs. He says he’s ready for a big year.

    “We’re prepared for a 10-month season,” Seabrook said.

  • Every year at this time there is chatter about former first-round pick Kyle Beach. He didn’t get a call up last year, even when the Hawks brought up some players from Rockford to experience the playoff atmosphere. This year, he knows the numbers game.

    “You look on the [Hawks] website, there are 14 forwards on there,” Beach said Sunday. “That being said, everyone is here for a reason and trying to win a job. If there are 14 guys on that website and you’re not on there, you have to come in here and take someone’s job. It gives you motivation to work for.”

    By most accounts, Beach still isn’t mature enough to handle an NHL job. He says he’s working on it.

    “It’s pretty straightforward what they expect from me,” he said. “The most you can do is make it difficult for the coaches. That’s what I’m trying to do. Hopefully I get a couple of exhibition games and show them why I should be here.”

    He was told he needs to improve his defensive play and he thinks he has, but only an upset of major proportions would see him in Chicago come October.

  • Coach Joel Quenneville said Marian Hossa will probably arrive in Chicago on Tuesday and be on the ice for the first time Wednesday. He’s been excused from camp while he mourns the loss of his close friend Pavol Demitra, who died, along with the rest of his Russian hockey team, in a plane crash on Sept. 7.
  • Leddy demotion opens door for Hendry

    October, 18, 2010
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    Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty ImagesJordan Hendry has been a healthy scratch in three of the first six games this season.
    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks will take on the St. Louis Blues on Monday night without 19-year-old defensemen Nick Leddy who was sent to the minors on Sunday.

    “I think we want to make sure he gets a lot of ice time,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said after Monday morning’s practice. “We want to see him play in all situations. The [American Hockey League] is a great place to play for him. There’s still a possibility he could be back here at any moment. We want him to continue to develop and play.”

    Leddy played only 8:46 on Saturday against Buffalo. It was the lowest amount of time on ice for him in the six games he played.

    The move opens the door for Jordan Hendry to get more playing time. He has been a healthy scratch in three of the first six games.

    Quenneville said recently he wanted to “see more” from Hendry, but on Monday he praised him and said with Leddy’s move to the minors it’s a “good chance for [Hendry] to get playing.”

    The Hawks will dress seven defensemen on Monday. John Scott will start again at forward as he has the previous two games. Whether he's playing defense or wing, Scott said he just wants to be on the ice.

    “I feel like if I played forward for a while I could do some good things and score some goals,” he said.

    Jack Skille returns to the lineup after being a healthy scratch against Buffalo on Saturday. Quenneville would not confirm which other forward would come out of the lineup.

    Hossa honor: Marian Hossa was named No. 2 star of the week in the NHL. Hossa helped the Hawks to a 3-1 record while recording four goals and two assists. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Hossa is off to his second best start of his career. He’s averaging 1.5 points per game, second only to the 1.6 he averaged in October of 2000-20001.

    Kopecky streak: Tomas Kopecky has a four-game point scoring streak. It’s the longest of his career.

    Kane gets help: After practice on Monday, Patrick Kane spoke of his illness that kept him out of Friday’s game in Columbus. “Waking up in the middle of the night and my whole body ached,” Kane said. “I couldn’t move. [I] actually took the liberty of flying my mom into town. She took care of me for a couple of days. I feel a lot better so I’m glad I did it.”

    Campbell update: Quenneville said Brian Campbell is on schedule for his return from his knee injury, though Campbell hasn’t started skating yet. He was expected to miss four to five weeks.

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