Chicago Blackhawks: Kirill Gotovets

Blackhawks trim roster to 46 players

September, 23, 2014
Sep 23
Powers By Scott Powers
The Chicago Blackhawks assigned goaltenders Mac Carruth and Kent Simpson to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs and released forward Ryan Schnell and defensemen Kirill Gotovets, Justin Holl and Zach Miskovic from training camp on Tuesday.

The Blackhawks are down to 46 training camp roster players, which includes 26 forwards, 16 defensemen and four goaltenders.

Schnell, Gotovets, Holl and Miskovic are under AHL contracts and will also report to the IceHogs.

The Blackhawks begin their preseason schedule Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center.

Hawks prospect watch: College review

May, 7, 2014
May 7
Powers By Scott Powers
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

March, 26, 2014
Mar 26
Powers By Scott Powers
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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Jonathan Toews
18 9 9 5
GoalsJ. Toews 9
AssistsM. Hossa 12
+/-K. Versteeg 7
GAAC. Crawford 1.90