Chicago Blackhawks: Robin Norell

Who stood out at Hawks prospect camp

July, 20, 2014
Jul 20
Powers By Scott Powers
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

June, 26, 2014
Jun 26
Powers By Scott Powers
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.

Prospect watch: Whitney has surgery

January, 13, 2014
Jan 13
Powers By Scott Powers
Here’s a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are doing throughout the world:

Brandon Whitney, goaltender, Victoriaville Tigres (QJMHL), drafted seventh round in 2012: The 19-year-old Whitney suffered four fractures near his larynx and underwent successful surgery last week after taking a puck to his throat during a practice, according to a Tigres’ news release. He was coming off shutouts in two of his previous three games. He’s 12-22-0 with a 3.23 goals-against average and .907 save percentage this season.

Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted first round in 2010: The 21-year-old Hayes, a senior, has been one of the Blackhawks’ hottest prospects this season. He’s currently on an eight-game points streak dating back to Nov. 29. He has seven goals and 10 assists during that span. He had a goal and an assist in Boston College’s 3-3 tie with Brown on Saturday and a goal and two assists in its 5-2 win over Providence on Friday. He’s third in the country with 35 points.

Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (Finland), drafted 1st round in 2012: The 19-year-old Teravainen continued his hot roll in his first game back with Jokerit after dominating the World Junior Championship. He had three assists in Jokerit’s 4-3 win over Espoo Blues on Friday.

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Hawks take Illinois native Hartman at No. 30

June, 30, 2013
Powers By Scott Powers
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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