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Hawks draft review: 2013 class

June, 26, 2014
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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

May, 7, 2014
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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: Holl shines in Frozen Four

April, 11, 2014
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Here's a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are doing throughout the world:

Justin Holl, defenseman, Minnesota (NCAA), drafted 2nd round in 2010: The 22-year-old Holl, a senior, scored his first goal of the season at the perfect time. He scored in the final second of the third period to lift Minnesota to a 2-1 win over North Dakota in the semifinals of the Frozen Four on Thursday. Minnesota will play Union for the national championship on Saturday. Holl had a goal and a plus-2 rating in the win. He has one goal, 12 assists and a plus-12 rating in 38 games this season.

Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted 1st round in 2010: The 21-year-old Hayes, a senior, ended his college career in a 5-4 loss to Union in the semifinals of the Frozen Four on Thursday. He had two assists and a plus-one rating in the loss. He finished the season with 27 goals, 38 assists and a plus-34 rating in 40 games. He completed his career with 132 points in 142 games. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has said he expects to sign Hayes.

Chris Calnan, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2012: The 19-year-old Calnan, a freshman, had an assist and a zero rating in Boston College's loss to Union in the semifinals of the Frozen Four. He finished his first season with four goals and nine assists in 37 games.

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Prospect watch: 5 players to Frozen Four

April, 1, 2014
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Here's a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are doing throughout the world:

Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted 1st round in 2010: The 21-year-old Hayes, a senior, is one of five Blackhawks prospects to advance to the Frozen Four. He had two goals, two assists, seven shots on goal and a plus-five rating in the Eagles' 6-2 win over Denver in the opening game on Saturday and had a goal, two assists, five shots on goal and a plus-two rating in their 4-3 win over UMass Lowell on Sunday. He has 27 goals, 36 assists and a plus-33 rating in 39 games this season. Boston College plays Union on April 10.

Chris Calnan, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2012: The 19-year-old Calnan, a freshman, had two shots on goals and a zero-rating in the two regional games. He has four goals and eight assists in 36 games this season.

Justin Holl, defenseman, Minnesota (NCAA), drafted 2nd round in 2010: The 22-year-old Holl, a senior, had an assist, one shot on goal, one block and a plus-one rating in the Gophers' 7-3 win over Robert Morris on Saturday and an assist, one shot on goal, two blocks and a plus-two rating in a 4-0 win over St. Cloud State on Sunday. He has zero goals, 12 assists, 57 blocks and a plus-10 rating in 37 games this season. Minnesota plays North Dakota on April 10.

Nick Mattson, defenseman, North Dakota, drafted 6th round in 2010: The 22-year-old Mattson, a junior, had two blocks in North Dakota's 5-2 win over the Wisconsin on Friday and two assists and two blocks in a 2-1 double-overtime win over Ferris State on Saturday. He has four goals, 19 assists and a plus-nine rating in 39 games this season. North Dakota plays Minnesota in the semifinals.

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Prospect watch: Eight in NCAA tourney

March, 26, 2014
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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: Morin's streak halted

March, 10, 2014
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Here’s a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are doing throughout the world:

Jeremy Morin, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired via trade in 2010: The 22-year-old Morin had his points streak snapped at 13 games on Friday. He didn’t record a point in the IceHogs’ 8-3 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals. He had 11 goals and nine assists during the streak. He got back to his production with an assist on Saturday. He has 22 goals, 23 assists and a plus-nine rating in 46 games this season.

Ryan Hartman, forward, Plymouth Whalers (OHL), drafted first round in 2013: The 19-year-old Hartman has scored in three of his last four games. He had a goal and an assist in the Whalers’ 3-1 win over the Saginaw Spirit on Sunday. He has three goals and two assists in four games in March. He has 25 goals, 26 assists and a minus-13 rating in 50 games this season.

Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (Finland), drafted first round in 2012: The 19-year-old Teravainen scored a goal in a 3-2 loss on Wednesday and had an assist in a 4-3 win on Thursday. He has nine goals and 34 assists in 47 games. He is tied for sixth in the Liiga with 43 points.

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Prospect watch: Morin extends streak to 10

February, 27, 2014
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Here’s a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks prospects are doing throughout the world:

Jeremy Morin, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired via trade in 2010: The 22-year-old Morin is playing some of the best hockey of his career. He’s on a 10-game points streak, which is tied for fifth longest in the AHL this season. He has nine goals and eight assists during the streak. He had two goals and eight shots on goal in the IceHogs’ 4-1 win over the Iowa Wild on Tuesday. He has 20 goals, 21 assists and a plus-eight rating in 41 games in the AHL this season.

Brandon Pirri, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted second round in 2009: The 22-year-old Pirri isn’t too far behind Morin as of late. Pirri is on a seven-game points streak and has had six goals and four assists during that stretch. He has 10 goals, 13 assists and a minus-three rating in 24 games for the IceHogs this season.

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Prospect Watch: Clendening leading IceHogs

December, 18, 2013
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Here’s an update on how some of the Chicago Blackhawks’ prospects are doing this season:

Adam Clendening, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Clendening leads the IceHogs and is third among the AHL’s defensemen with 23 points. He has four goals, 19 assists and a plus-three rating on the season. He’s currently on a four-game points streak and has five points during that span.

Dillon Fournier, defenseman, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
Fournier has one goal and three assists over his last three games. He has 10 goals, 17 assists and a plus-17 rating in 32 games this season. He leads the Huskies’ defensemen and seventh in the league among defensemen with 27 points.

Terry Broadhurst, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Broadhurst has moved into second place on the IceHogs with 19 points. He has points in three of his last four games.

Brandon Pirri, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Pirri has accumulated one goal and four assists in five games since being reassigned from the Blackhawks. He’s had two games of two assists.

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Prospect Watch: Hartman returns to action

December, 12, 2013
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Here’s an update on some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects:

Ryan Hartman, forward, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Hartman, the Blackhawks’ 2013 first-round pick, returned to playing last week after missing nearly a month with an injury. He had two assists and a plus-two rating in his first game back on Friday. He’s since played in two more games. He has 10 goals, 13 assists and a minus-16 rating in 23 games this season.

Vince Hinostroza, forward, Notre Dame (NCAA)
Hinostroza became last week the third Blackhawks prospect to be named to the preliminary U.S. roster for the World Junior Hockey Championships. Hartman and Tyler Motte were previously named to the roster. Hinostroza, a freshman, is second on the Fighting Irish with 14 points. He has three goals and 11 assists.

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Hawks take Illinois native Hartman at No. 30

June, 30, 2013
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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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