Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Blackhawks draft review: 2012 class
By Scott Powers
Teuvo Teravainen saw action in three games with the Blackhawks in March.
Stan Bowman will enter his fifth draft as the Chicago Blackhawks general manager later this week. Leading up to the 2014 NHL draft on Friday, we'll take a look at each of Bowman's first four draft classes, analyze how he's done so far in his tenure and glance ahead to where he may look to improve the Blackhawks in this year's draft.
The series continues Wednesday with the Blackhawks' 2012 draft:
Teuvo Teravainen, forward, first round, No. 18 overall: Teravainen has the potential to be an elite offensive player in the NHL. He's already excelled in Finland at a young age and got a taste of the NHL this past season. He's expected to start next season with the Blackhawks.
Dillon Fournier, defenseman, second round, No. 48 overall: The Blackhawks signed Fournier to a three-year entry deal this past season. He was playing well until he was injured in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.
Chris Calnan, forward, third round, No. 79 overall: Calnan completed his freshman season at Boston College this year. He had four goals and nine assists in 37 games.
Garret Ross, forward, fifth round, No. 139 overall: Ross had a solid first professional season with 15 goals, 19 assists and he was a plus-12 in 74 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.
Travis Brown, defenseman, fifth round, No. 149 overall: The Blackhawks did not sign Brown. He had 53 points and was a minus-12 in 71 games in the Western Hockey League last season.
Vincent Hinostroza, forward, sixth round, No. 169 overall: Hinostroza had a strong freshman season at Notre Dame with eight goals, 24 assists and a plus-six rating in 34 games. He was third on the Irish in points.
Brandon Whitney, goaltender, seventh round, No. 191 overall: The Blackhawks did not sign Whitney. He suffered a serious throat injury this past season. He was 13-18-7 with a 3.25 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Matt Tomkins, goaltender, seventh round, No. 199 overall: Tomkins missed some time due to an injury as a freshman at Ohio State this past season. He went 6-7-2 with a 2.78 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 17 game.
Draft outlook: The Blackhawks will feel great about this draft if Teravainen is the real deal, especially getting him at No. 18. It's still early to tell about most of the other players. Ross and Fournier are further along than most. Not signing Brown and Whitney aren't huge deals because where they were drafted. Calnan, Hinostroza and Tomkins showed some potential as freshmen.