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Prospect watch: College players at winter break

December, 18, 2014
Dec 18
3:49
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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.

Prospect watch: Mark McNeill on a tear for IceHogs

November, 12, 2014
Nov 12
6:14
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Here is a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are doing throughout the world:

Mark McNeill, forward, Rockford IceHogs (NCAA), drafted 1st round in 2011
McNeill, 21, was named the AHL’s Player of the Week on Monday after he scored six goals in three games last week. He tallied his first career professional hat trick in a 3-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday. The victory extended the IceHogs’ winning streak to eight games. He has scored a goal in each of his last four games. He leads the IceHogs with 15 points, which includes nine goals and six assists.

Joakim Nordstrom, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 3rd round in 2010
Nordstrom, 22, scored two goals in the IceHogs’ 5-3 win over the Iowa Wild on Thursday. He has five goals and three assists in 13 games this season.

TJ Brennan, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired from Islanders in 2014
Brennan, 25, is on a five-game points streak. He has one goal and six assists during the streak. He has He has two goals and six assists and is a team-leading plus-10 in 13 games this season.

Matheson Iacopelli, forward, Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL), drafted 3rd round in 2014
Iacopelli, 20, is tied for the USHL lead with 10 goals this season. He scored twice against Tri-City on Friday. He has 12 points in 14 points on the season.

Dylan Sikura, forward, Northeastern (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2014
Sikura, a freshman, scored his first career college goal in a 3-3 tie with UMass Lowell on Friday. He has one point and eight shots in six games.

Drew LeBlanc, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), signed as a free agent in 2013
LeBlanc, 25, scored his first goal of the season in a 5-3 win over the Iowa Wild on Thursday. He has one point in eight games this season.

Luke Johnson, forward, North Dakota (NCAA), drafted 5th round in 2013
Johnson, a sophomore, had a goal and an assist in North Dakota’s 5-1 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. He is on a five-game points streak and has three goals and three assists in nine games this season.

Michael Paliotta, defenseman, Vermont (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2011
Paliotta, a senior, had two assists in a 4-3 win over Maine on Friday. He has two goals, seven assists and is a plus-7 in eight games this season.

Hawks aim for distant future in draft's Day 2

June, 28, 2014
Jun 28
11:49
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Chicago Blackhawks focused on their long-term future in the second day of the NHL draft Saturday.

The Blackhawks drafted seven players who are headed to college in the next two years and two European players.

“We didn’t have a number in mind [for college players,] but in general you have a little more time with those players,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said after the draft at the Wells Fargo Center. “You have four or five years. Some of them don’t even go to college right away.

“It’s tougher when you have a two-year window to sign a guy, you’re picking later on in the draft, sometimes they don’t define themselves by that second year and then you’ve got to make a decision -- do you sign them or not? And you lose their rights after two years.

“I think for us we’ve got a pretty full pipeline right now of young players, some have graduated to the pro level, some are rounding that point where they have a year left. The guys we draft today are further away. But we like that element of the fact that just because you have a player for four years, you don’t have to leave him there all four, but you have a little more control over it and you have more time to see which guys are going to become players.”

The Blackhawks acquired the No. 83 overall pick from the Calgary Flames in exchange for forward Brandon Bollig. The Blackhawks selected right wing Matheson Iacopelli with the pick. Iacopelli had 41 goals, 23 assists and was a plus-12 in 58 games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League last season. He is committed to play at Western Michigan in 2015.

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