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Saturday, January 26, 2013
Blackhawks' prospects watch

By Scott Powers

Beginning this week, we’ll provide a look at some of the Chicago Blackhawks’ prospects throughout the world.

Here’s our first installment:

Mark McNeil, center, drafted in the first round, 18th overall by the Blackhawks in 2011

The 19-year-old McNeil has been key to the Prince Albert Raiders’ success in the Western Hockey League this season. The Raiders sit atop the East Division and are tied for first in the Eastern Conference, and McNeil leads the team with 46 points, including 17 goals and 29 assists, in 41 games.

McNeil has three goals and four assists in the team’s six games in January. He also played for Canada in the World Junior Championships, which was held from Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Russia.

Jimmy Hayes, right wing, traded from Toronto for the Blackhawks’ 43rd pick in 2010 draft

The 23-year-old Hayes appears to be motivated since the Blackhawks returned him to the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League on Jan. 17. He’s had three goals and two assists in the four games since being back.

Hayes has 11 goals and 11 assists in 41 games for the IceHogs this season. He was recalled by the Blackhawks on Jan. 14. He scored one of the five goals in the Blackhawks’ scrimmage at the United Center on Jan. 16.

Kevin Hayes, center, drafted in the first round, 24th overall by the Blackhawks in 2010

The 20-year-old Hayes, Jimmy Hayes' younger brother, has been solid in his junior season while helping Boston College to be one of the best teams in college hockey. He’s had six goals and 17 assists in 22 games. Boston College is ranked No. 3 in the nation and has a 14-6-2 record.

Mac Carruth, goaltender, drafted in the seventh round, 191st overall by the Blackhawks in 2010

The 20-year-old Carruth set a franchise record with his 106th career win for the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League in early January.

Carruth is ranked second in the WHL with a 1.89 goals-against average and second with a .934 save percentage. He has a 21-3-0 record this season.

Stephen Johns, defenseman, drafted in the second round, 60th overall by the Blackhawks in 2010

The 20-year-old Johns has been a key to Notre Dame’s defensive success this season. Johns, a junior, is tied for second on the team with 29 blocked shots. He also has 10 points and a team-leading 15 minor penalties in 25 games.

The Fighting Irish are 15-10-0 and have allowed an average of two goals a game. The Irish will play Miami (Ohio) at Soldier Field on Feb. 17.

Phillip Danault, center, drafted in the first round, 26th overall by the Blackhawks in 2011

The 19-year-old Danault was traded from the Victoriaville Tigers to the Moncton Wildcats in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in early January. He’s made a strong impression with the Wildcats early on. He’s had three goals and 10 assists in his first six games with Moncton. He had three assists in a win on Friday.

Danault also played for Canada in the World Junior Championships. Canada lost to Russia in the bronze medal game.

Vincent Hinostroza, center, drafted in the sixth round, 169th overall by the Blackhawks in 2012

The 18-year-old Hinostroza, a Chicago native, has been lighting up the United States Hockey League in January. He’s recorded 16 points, including seven goals and nine assists, in the last seven games for the Waterloo Black Hawks. He has 23 goals and 28 assists in 33 games this season.