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U.S. camp to include Hawks, Illinois players

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The Chicago Blackhawks and the state of Illinois will be well-represented when the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp begins Saturday.

Four Blackhawks prospects, including one from Illinois, and two other Illinois players were among the 42 invitees to the eight-day camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. The camp is used to help select a roster for the World Junior Championship in December.

Blackhawks prospect forwards Anthony Louis, who is from Winfield, Ill., Tyler Motte, Nick Schmaltz and John Hayden will participate in the camp. Illinois natives J.T. Compher, who is from Northbrook Ill. and is a Buffalo Sabres prospect, and Louis Belpedio, who is from Skokie, Ill. and is a Minnesota Wild prospect, will also attend the camp.

Louis, Hayden and Schmaltz played together on a line throughout the Blackhawks prospect camp last month and received praise from Blackhawks personnel. Louis, a 2013 sixth-round pick, will be a sophomore at Miami (Ohio) next season. Hayden, a 2013 third-round pick, will be a sophomore at Yale. Schmaltz, a 2014 first-round pick, will be a freshman at North Dakota. Motte was unable to attend the Blackhawks prospect camp and will be a sophomore at Michigan next season.

The U.S. players will be divided into two teams and will play teams from the Czech Republic, Finland and Sweden during the camp. Blackhawks prospects Robin Norell and Carl Dahlstrom, both defensemen, will play for Sweden at the camp.

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.

Hawks draft review: 2013 class

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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.

Hawks prospect watch: College review

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Here's a final review of the performances of the Chicago Blackhawks' 14 college prospects this season:

Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College, senior, drafted 1st round in 2010

Hayes took his game to another level during his senior season. After compiling 67 points through his first three seasons, he put up 65 points, including 27 goals and 38 assists, in 40 games this season. He was second in the country in points and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist. The Blackhawks expected to sign him, but that doesn't seem certain any longer. Hayes' agent said recently no decision had been made on whether to sign.

"He's made strides," Blackhawks assistant general Norm MacIver said in late March. "We're still looking for him to improve as he moves forward. We like his ability with the puck. He sees the ice and makes plays. He has size. One thing he's doing better is protect the puck. He just needs the consistency of being a good player and being a good player year in and year out."

Stephen Johns, defenseman, Notre Dame, senior, drafted 2nd round in 2010

At 6-foot-4, 233 pounds, Johns' size and strength caught everyone's attention in college. He helped the Irish to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. He had eight goals, 12 assists, 63 blocks and a plus-five rating in 40 games this season. The Blackhawks signed him to a two-year deal after his college season ended. He played with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL until their season ended.

"The thing with Stephen when you watch him play at the college level, it's his size," Maciver said. "He's just so much of a bigger and stronger player at that level. He has a huge advantage in terms of strength. What he needs to continue to work on his focusing on playing with the puck and simplifying his game defensively, learning positioning more. He can get away with certain things at the college level because of his physicality and size."

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Prospect watch: Eight in NCAA tourney

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Here’s a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are doing throughout the world:

Stephen Johns, defenseman, Notre Dame (NCAA), drafted second round in 2010: The 21-year-old Johns, a senior, will be one of eight Blackhawks prospects to play in the NCAA tournament. He has eight goals, 12 assists, 61 blocks and a plus-seven rating in 39 games this season. The Irish play St. Cloud State in the tournament on Saturday.

Vince Hinostroza, forward, Notre Dame (NCAA), drafted sixth round in 2012: The 19-year-old Hinostroza, a freshman, has eight goals and 24 assists in 33 games heading into the NCAA tournament. He’s second on Notre Dame with 32 points.

Justin Holl, defenseman, Minnesota (NCAA), drafted second round in 2010: The 22-year-old Holl, a senior, has zero goals, 10 assists, 54 blocks and a plus-seven rating in 35 games this season. Minnesota plays Robert Morris in the tournament on Saturday.

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Prospect watch: Pirri AHL All-Star MVP

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Here’s a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks prospects are doing throughout the world:

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: Broadhurst excelling

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Here's a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are doing this season:

Alex Broadhurst, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Broadhurst was rewarded for his play this season when he was called up to the Blackhawks last week. He was reassigned back to the IceHogs on the same day, but he hasn't let that affect him with three points in his last three games. He has five goals and nine assists on the season and is second on the team with 14 points.

Drew LeBlanc, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
LeBlanc had a goal and an assist in the IceHogs' 4-2 loss to the Abbotsford Heat on Wednesday, snapping a streak of seven games without a point. He has four goals and five assists on the season.

Brandon Whitney, goaltender, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
Whitney hasn't been getting much help defensively this season, and his goals-against average has paid for it. He has a 3.62 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. He's faced 30-plus shots in six starts in November. He made 46 saves in a 5-2 loss to Val-d'Or on Nov. 6. He's given up just two goals in his last two starts and made a combined 69 saves in the two games.

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Prospect watch: Clendening adding points

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Here is our weekly update on how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are doing this season:

Adam Clendening, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Clendening has brought consistent offense to the IceHogs all season. He’s registered points in 10 of 14 games. He scored a goal in the IceHogs’ 6-2 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday. He has three goals and 10 assists on the season. He also has a plus-3 rating.

Mac Carruth, goaltender, Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
Carruth should probably be up in Rockford, but he’s down in Toledo due to numbers. He’s showcased his talent in the ECHL and has a 3-2-0 record with a 2.18 goals-against average and .931 save percentage this season.

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Prospects watch: Raanta makes debut

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Here’s a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are faring throughout the world:

Antti Raanta, goaltender, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Raanta, a free-agent signing last season, bounced back from his recent leg injury and played in his first full game for the IceHogs on Friday. He stopped 20-of-22 shots in a 5-2 win over the Lake Erie Monster. He played in his second game on Saturday and made 31 saves on 35 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Monster.

Ryan Hartman, forward, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Hartman, the Blackhawks’ 2013 first-round pick, has been on a tear to start the OHL season. He had six goals and five assists in 11 games. He had two assists in the Whaler’s 4-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday.

Travis Brown, defenseman, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Brown, a 2012 fifth-round pick, has had the hottest start among the Blackhawks’ prospects. He has three goals and 12 assists through 10 games for the Warriors. He had one goal and three assists in two games over the weekend.

Brandon Whitney, goaltender, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
Whitney, a 2012 seventh-round pick, has a 6-4 record, 2.72 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 10 games for the Tigres. He recorded his first shutout of the season in a 31-save performance against the Shawinigan Cataractes on Friday.

Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (SM-liiga in Finland)
Teravainen, a 2012 first-round pick, has gotten off to a slow start this season. He has one goal and one assist through nine games for Jokerit.

Alex Broadhurst, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Broadhurst, a 2011 seventh-round pick, has accumulated four points, including three assists, in the IceHogs’ first four games. He had two assists in a win over the Lake Erie Monster on Friday.

Anthony Louis, forward, Miami Ohio (Freshman)
Louis, a 2013 sixth-round pick, tallied his first college goal and assist last weekend against Ohio State.

Adam Clendening, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Clendening, a 2011 second-round pick, shares the IceHogs’ team lead with four points.

Matt Tomkins, goaltender, Ohio State (Freshman)
Tomkins, a 2012 seventh-round pick, started his first collegiate game and made 32 saves in a 6-3 loss to Miami of Ohio on Saturday.

Tyler Motte, forward, Michigan (Freshman)
Motte, a 2013 fourth-round pick, scored his first college goal in a 7-2 win over RIT on Saturday.

Drew LeBlanc, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
LeBlanc, a free-agent signing last season, scored his first two professional goals in the IceHogs’ 5-2 win over the Lake Erie Monser on Friday. He also had an assist on the season.

Vince Hinostroza, forward, Notre Dame (Freshman)
Hinostroza, a 2012 sixth-round pick, record his first college goal and assist in a 4-0 win over Western Michigan on Friday.

Chris Calnan, forward, Boston College (Freshman)
Calnan, a 2012 third-round pick, tallied his first college goal and assist in a 7-2 win over Rensselaer on Sunday.

Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (Senior)
Hayes, a 2010 first-round pick, had one goal and two assists in Boston College’s 7-2 win over Rensselaer on Sunday.

Justin Holl, defenseman, Minnesota (Senior)
Holl, a 2010 second-round pick, had two assists and a plus-2 rating in a 3-2 win over New Hampshire on Saturday. He had the primary assist on two of the goals.

Jeremy Morin, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Morin, who was acquired in a trade in 2010, has apparently remained motivated after being among the Blackhawks’ final training camp cuts. He leads the IceHogs with 13 shots on goal. He had one goal and two assists through four games.

Louis living out hometown dream

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks prospect Anthony Louis is likely years away from having a chance to play alongside his favorite player Patrick Kane, but for one day Louis looked and played a bit like Kane.

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Hawks take Illinois native Hartman at No. 30

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The Chicago Blackhawks drafted West Dundee, Ill. native and Plymouth Whalers (OHL) forward Ryan Hartman with the No. 30 overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NHL draft on Sunday.

The 18-year-old Hartman, who is 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, had 23 goals, 37 assists and a plus-29 rating in 56 games for the Whalers last season. He was ranked No. 23 among ESPN’s top-50 2013 draft prospects.

“Today's game requires a high level of grit and this American forward is the epitome of character,” ESPN’s analysis of Hartman included. “He does all the little things: blocks shots, takes a hit to make a play and will fight when the situation presents itself. He has underrated skill and with natural physical maturity he will find a way to play. He is the type of player coaches want to put into the lineup.”

During the draft, the Blackhawks traded forward Dave Bolland to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the No. 51 and No. 117 overall picks in the 2013 draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

The Blackhawks also acquired the No. 74 and 134 overall picks in the 2013 draft from the Winnipeg Jets for forward Michal Frolik. The Blackhawks also traded the No. 117 and 151 overall picks in the 2013 draft to the San Jose Sharks for the No. 111 overall pick in the 2013 draft and a fifth-round pick in 2014.

The Blackhawks drafted Linkoping Jr. (Sweden) defenseman Carl Dahlstrom with the No. 51 pick. The 18-year-old Dahlstrom, who is 6-foot-3 and 191 pounds, had five goals, eight assists and a plus-12 rating in 37 games for Linkoping last season.

The Blackhawks drafted USA U-18 forward John Hayden, who was born in Chicago, with the No. 74 selection. The 18-year-old Hayden had 15 goals and 14 assists in 45 games with the U.S. national team last season. He is a Yale University recruit.

The Blackhawks added a second Swedish defenseman in Robin Norell with the No. 111 pick. The 18-year-old Norell, who is 5-foot-10 and 176 pounds, had 10 goals, seven assists and a plus-16 rating in 30 games for Djurgarden U-18 (Sweden) last season.

The Blackhawks’ other draft picks included 18-year-old USHL forward Tyler Motte at No. 121, 18-year-old USHL forward Luke Johnson at No. 134, 18-year-old USHL forward Anthony Louis, who is from Winfield, Ill., at No. 181 and 18-year-old Swedish defenseman Robin Press at No. 211.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman was participating in his fourth draft since being named to the position in 2009. His past first-round selections were forward Teuvo Teravainen at No. 18 overall in 2012, forward Mark McNeill at No. 18 overall and forward Phillip Danault at No. 26 overall in 2011 and forward Kevin Hayes at No. 24 overall in 2010.

Two players drafted by Bowman have played in the NHL so far. Forward Brandon Saad was drafted in the second round, No. 43 overall in the 2011 draft and was a Calder Trophy finalist during the 2013 season. Forward Andrew Shaw was drafted in the fifth round, No. 139 overall in 2011 and has appeared in 85 games for the Blackhawks the past two seasons.

The Blackhawks’ 2013 Stanley Cup roster included six former first-round selections, five second-round picks, two third-round picks, five fourth-round picks, two fifth-round picks, two sixth-round picks, one seventh-round pick and four undrafted players.

The former first-round selections included Patrick Kane (No. 1 in 2007 by the Blackhawks), Jonathan Toews (No. 3 in 2006 by the Blackhawks), Michal Frolik (No. 10 in 2006 by the Florida Panthers), Marian Hossa (No. 12 in 1996 by the Ottawa Senators), Brent Seabrook (No. 14 in 2003 by the Blackhawks) and Nick Leddy (No. 16 in 2009 by Minnesota Wild).

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