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Prospect watch: College players at winter break

Here’s a look at how the Chicago Blackhawks' college prospects are doing as the college season take a break until January:

Mike Paliotta, defenseman, Vermont (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2011

Paliotta is the lone senior among the Blackhawks’ college prospects. Paliotta, who is 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, has taken a step forward each season at Vermont, and that’s the case again this year. He leads Vermont as a plus-12 and is tied for a team-leading 16 points. He’s tied for fourth among the nation’s defensemen in points. He has five goals and 11 assists in 17 games. Vermont is 13-3-1 and is ranked No. 10 in the country by USCHO.com.

Nick Schmaltz, forward, North Dakota (NCAA), drafted 1st round in 2014

Schmaltz hasn’t disappointed after being the Blackhawks’ top pick in 2014. As a freshman at North Dakota, he’s tied for third on the team and tied for seventh among the nation’s freshmen with 15 points. He has three goals and 12 assists in 15 games. He missed four games with an injury. He closed out December with five points in the final four games. He’s on the preliminary U.S. roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship. North Dakota is 13-4-2 and ranked No. 2.

John Hayden, forward, Yale (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2013

Hayden was one of the players who stood out at the Blackhawks prospect camp in the summer. He has good size at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds and uses it to create offense. He had a solid freshman season and is off to a good start as a sophomore. He leads Yale with 10 points in 10 games. He has three goals, seven assists and is a plus-4. He’s also second on the team with 39 shots. He’s on the preliminary U.S. roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship. Yale is 6-3-2.

Vince Hinostroza, forward, Notre Dame (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2012

Hinostroza has nearly been a point-a-game player throughout his college career. He had 32 points in 34 games as a freshman last season and now has 14 points in 18 games as a sophomore. His pace was off earlier in the season, but he’s picked it up lately. He registered five points in Notre Dame’s last two games. He’s tied for a team-leading 12 assists and is tied for third in points. Notre Dame is 8-8-2.

Chris Calnan, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2012

Calnan was expected to play a large role as a sophomore with Boston College graduating its top offensive players after last season, and that’s been the case. He is tied for a team-leading 12 points. He has seven goals and five assists in 16 games. He had 13 points in 37 games as a freshman. Boston College is 9-7-1 and ranked No. 15.

Tyler Motte, forward, Michigan (NCAA), drafted 4th round in 2013

Motte was among a number of Blackhawks’ prospects who had a strong freshman season. He’s been building on that as a sophomore. He’s fourth on Michigan with 14 points. He has five goals and nine assists in 14 games. He had 18 points in 34 games as a freshman. He’s on the preliminary U.S. roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship. Michigan is 8-7-0.

Anthony Louis, forward, Miami Ohio (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2013

Louis is known for his playmaking skills and he’s continuing to create at Miami Ohio this season. He’s tied for a team-leading 11 assists and is fifth on the team with 14 points. He had 25 points in 36 games last season as a freshman. He’s also on the preliminary U.S. roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship. Miami Ohio is 11-5-0 and ranked No. 6.

Nick Mattson, defenseman, North Dakota (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2010

Mattson, a junior, hasn’t consistently been in North Dakota’s lineup and has been made a healthy scratch at times this season. He has one goal, three assists and is a plus-2 in 10 games this season.

Luke Johnson, forward, North Dakota (NCAA), drafted 5th round in 2013

Johnson, sophomore, has been contributing to North Dakota’s success. He has four goals and five assists in 19 games. He had 21 points in 42 games as a freshman last season.

Matt Tomkins, goaltender, Ohio State (NCAA), drafted 7th round in 2012

Tomkins has been up and down during his sophomore season. He has a 3-5-1 record with a 2.80 goals-against average and .894 save percentage this season. He has one shutout. Ohio State is 5-9-1 this season.

Sam Jardine, defenseman, Ohio State (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2011

Jardine, a junior, is second on Ohio State with six assists. He has six points, is a minus-1 and has 19 blocked shots in 13 games.

Luc Snuggerud, defenseman, Nebraska Omaha (NCAA), drafted 5th round in 2014

Snuggerud has one goal, six assists, is a plus-4 and has 17 blocked shots in 16 games as a freshman. The Mavericks are 10-4-2.

Dylan Sikura, forward, Northeastern (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2014

Sikura has one goal, two assists and is a minus-6 in 13 games as a freshman. Northeastern is 5-10-1 this season.