Thursday, June 26, 2014
Hawks draft review: 2013 class
By Scott Powers
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 Thursday with the Blackhawks' 2013 draft:
Ryan Hartman, forward, first round, No. 30 overall: The Blackhawks signed Hartman to an entry-level contract this season, and he finished the season with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. He’s expected to start next season there. He’s been compared to Andrew Shaw.
Carl Dahlstrom, defenseman, second round, No. 51 overall: Dahlstrom played in Sweden this past season. He had one goal and three assists in 18 games.
John Hayden, forward, third round, No. 74 overall: Hayden was a freshman at Yale this past season. He had six goals, 10 assists and was a minus-3 in 33 games.
Robin Norell, defenseman, fourth round, No. 111 overall: Norell played in Sweden this past season. He also played for Sweden in the World Junior Championship. He had one goal and was a plus-3 in seven games during the tournament.
Tyler Motte, forward, fourth round, No. 121 overall: Motte was a freshman at Michigan this past season. He had nine goals and nine assists in 34 games. He was Team USA's final cut for the World Junior Championship. Blackhawks assistant general manager Norm Maciver compared him to Ben Smith.
Luke Johnson, forward, fifth round, No. 134 overall: Johnson was a freshman at North Dakota this past season. He had eight goals, 13 assists and was a plus-9 rating in 42 games.
Anthony Louis, forward, sixth round, No. 181 overall: Louis was a freshman at Miami Ohio this past season. He had 12 goals, 13 assists and was a minus-4 rating in 36 games.
Robin Press, defenseman, seventh round, No. 211 overall: The 19-year-old Press was the third Swedish defenseman the Blackhawks took in the 2013 draft. He played in Sweden this past season.
Draft outlook: The Blackhawks drafted mostly long-term prospects in 2013. Four of the draft picks were college freshmen this past season, and all four players could stay all four years. All four freshmen showed offensive potential. Three draft picks were 19-year-old defensemen from Sweden and will be given time to develop. That leaves Hartman, who is also 19. He’s the closest to the NHL, but will likely spend the next few years developing in the AHL. It’ll be a few years before this draft class can be truly evaluated.