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Who stood out at Hawks prospect camp

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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 prospect watch: College review

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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: 5 players to Frozen Four

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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

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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: Pirri AHL All-Star MVP

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Brandon Pirri, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted second round in 2009: The 22-year-old Pirri was named the MVP of the AHL All-Star Game Classic after having two goals and an assist in a 7-2 win over Färjestad BK on Wednesday. He also has one goal and one assist in two games for the IceHogs since being reassigned from the Blackhawks last week.

Jeremy Morin, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired via trade in 2010: The 22-year-old Morin recorded his first professional hat track in the IceHogs’ 8-3 win over the Iowa Wild on Saturday. He also added an assist in the victory. He has six goals and three assists in his last six games. He had 15 goals and 16 assists in 35 games this season.

Ryan Hartman, forward, Plymouth Whalers (OHL), drafted first round in 2013: The 19-year-old Hartman is on a five-game points streak. He has six goals and one assist during the streak. He’s come on again after having just three points in his previous eight games. He has 19 goals, 17 assists, and a minus-16 rating in 38 games this season.

Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (Finland), drafted first round in 2012: The 19-year-old Teravainen pushed his points streak to 11 games with an assist in Jokerit’s 4-2 loss to Porin Assat on Tuesday. He has 20 points during the streak and leads Jokerit with 37 points, which includes five goals and 32 assists, in 40 games this season.

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Prospect watch: Hayes' streak reaches 12

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Here’s a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are faring throughout the world:

Kevin Hayes, F, Boston College (NCAA), drafted 1st round in 2010: The 21-year-old senior pushed his points streak to 12 games last week. He had two goals in a 3-2 win over Penn State on Saturday and has 13 goals and 14 assists since his streak began on Nov. 29.

Teuvo Teravainen, F, Jokerit (Finland), drafted 1st round in 2012: The 19-year-old Teravainen continued to pile up points last week. He had three assists in Jokerit’s 7-1 win over TPS Turku on Saturday. He has 14 points in the last six games and leads Jokerit with 31 points in 35 games.

Jeremy Morin, F, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), acquired via trade in 2010: Morin, 22, had two goals and seven shots on net in the IceHogs’ 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday. He has 11 goals, 13 assists and 133 shots on goal in 30 games this season.

Adam Clendening, D, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 2nd round in 2011: The 21-year-old leads the IceHogs with 33 points. He has six goals, 27 assists and a plus-two rating in 45 games this season. He had a goal in the IceHogs’ win Sunday.

Maxim Shalunov, F, Toledo Walleye (ECHL), drafted 4th round in 2011: The 21-year-old Shalunov had the game-winning goal in the Walleye’s 3-2 win over the Evansville IceMen on Wednesday and also had two goals in their 4-2 win over the Greenville Road Warriors on Sunday. He was recently loaned to the Walleye. He has seven goals and one assist in 11 games with Toledo this season.

Mac Carruth, G, Toledo Walleye (ECHL), drafted 7th round in 2010: Carruth, 21, made 30 saves on 32 shots in a win over Evansville on Wednesday, 25 saves on 27 shots in a win over Greenville on Sunday and 35 saves on 38 shots in a loss to Reading on Saturday. He is 6-9-0 with a 3.12 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 16 games in Toledo this season.

Alex Broadhurst, F, Rockford IceHogs (AHL), drafted 7th round in 2011: The 20-year-old had a goal and an assist in the IceHogs’ win over Milwaukee on Sunday. He has eight goals and 15 assists in 45 games this season.

Anthony Louis, F, Miami Ohio (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2013: The 18-year-old freshman had one goal and two assists in Miami’s 6-1 win over Colorado College on Saturday. He has five goals and eight assists in 23 games this season.

Ryan Hartman, F, Plymouth Whalers (OHL), drafted 1st round in 2013: Hartman’s production hasn’t been at the same level since he returned from an injury and the World Junior Championship in early January. The 19-year-old had zero goals, three assists and a minus-two rating in eight games this month. He has 13 goals, 16 assists and a minus-18 rating in 33 games this season.

Sam Jardine, D, Ohio State (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2011: The 20-year-old sophomore had two assists, one block and a plus-two rating in Ohio State’s 3-1 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. He has eight assists, 23 blocks and a plus-two rating in 21 games this season.

Vince Hinostroza, F, Notre Dame (NCAA), drafted 6th round in 2012: Hinostroza, a 19-year-old freshman, had a goal and an assist in the Fighting Irish’s 3-0 win over Northeastern on Saturday. He’s tied for second on the team with 22 points. He has six goals and 16 assists in 19 games.

Michael Paliotta, D, Vermont (NCAA), drafted 3rd round in 2011: Paliotta, a junior, has seven assists in his last six games. The 20-year-old has three goals, 16 assists and 34 blocks in 25 games this season.

Prospect watch: Whitney has surgery

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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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Prospect Watch: Hartman returns to action

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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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Prospect watch: Hinostroza among top frosh

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Vince Hinostroza, forward, Notre Dame (NCAA)
Hinostroza has been one of the nation’s top freshmen. He leads Notre Dame and is tied for 13th in the nation with eight points. He has three goals and five assists. He had an assist in each of Notre Dame’s two games against Minnesota Duluth last weekend. The Fighting Irish are ranked No. 2 in the country by USCHO.com.

Antti Raanta, goaltender, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Raanta appears to have found a comfort level after making the transition to North American hockey this season from Finland. He’s allowed a total of five goals in the last three games and has stopped 97-of-102 shots during that span. He’s coming off a 46-save performance in a 4-2 win over the Texas Stars on Sunday.

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Hawks prospect watch: Teravainen rolling

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Teuvo Teravaien, forward, Jokerit (SM-liiga in Finland)
Teravainen, the Blackhawks' 2012 first-round pick, broke out of his offensive slump in Jokerit's past two games. After having just two points through nine games, he dished out three assists in Jokerit's 4-2 win over HIFK Helsinki on Friday and had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over KalPa Kuopio on Tuesday.

Joakim Nordstrom, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Nordstrom, a 2010 third-round pick, hasn’t played for the IceHogs since being sent down from the Blackhawks due to a lower-body injury. Nordstrom was assigned to the IceHogs on Sunday after appearing in the Blackhawks' first eight games. The IceHogs are hopeful he will play this weekend, according to a team spokesperson.

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Prospects watch: Raanta makes debut

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Antti Raanta, goaltender, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Raanta, a free-agent signing last season, bounced back from his recent leg injury and played in his first full game for the IceHogs on Friday. He stopped 20-of-22 shots in a 5-2 win over the Lake Erie Monster. He played in his second game on Saturday and made 31 saves on 35 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Monster.

Ryan Hartman, forward, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Hartman, the Blackhawks’ 2013 first-round pick, has been on a tear to start the OHL season. He had six goals and five assists in 11 games. He had two assists in the Whaler’s 4-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday.

Travis Brown, defenseman, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Brown, a 2012 fifth-round pick, has had the hottest start among the Blackhawks’ prospects. He has three goals and 12 assists through 10 games for the Warriors. He had one goal and three assists in two games over the weekend.

Brandon Whitney, goaltender, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
Whitney, a 2012 seventh-round pick, has a 6-4 record, 2.72 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 10 games for the Tigres. He recorded his first shutout of the season in a 31-save performance against the Shawinigan Cataractes on Friday.

Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (SM-liiga in Finland)
Teravainen, a 2012 first-round pick, has gotten off to a slow start this season. He has one goal and one assist through nine games for Jokerit.

Alex Broadhurst, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Broadhurst, a 2011 seventh-round pick, has accumulated four points, including three assists, in the IceHogs’ first four games. He had two assists in a win over the Lake Erie Monster on Friday.

Anthony Louis, forward, Miami Ohio (Freshman)
Louis, a 2013 sixth-round pick, tallied his first college goal and assist last weekend against Ohio State.

Adam Clendening, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Clendening, a 2011 second-round pick, shares the IceHogs’ team lead with four points.

Matt Tomkins, goaltender, Ohio State (Freshman)
Tomkins, a 2012 seventh-round pick, started his first collegiate game and made 32 saves in a 6-3 loss to Miami of Ohio on Saturday.

Tyler Motte, forward, Michigan (Freshman)
Motte, a 2013 fourth-round pick, scored his first college goal in a 7-2 win over RIT on Saturday.

Drew LeBlanc, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
LeBlanc, a free-agent signing last season, scored his first two professional goals in the IceHogs’ 5-2 win over the Lake Erie Monser on Friday. He also had an assist on the season.

Vince Hinostroza, forward, Notre Dame (Freshman)
Hinostroza, a 2012 sixth-round pick, record his first college goal and assist in a 4-0 win over Western Michigan on Friday.

Chris Calnan, forward, Boston College (Freshman)
Calnan, a 2012 third-round pick, tallied his first college goal and assist in a 7-2 win over Rensselaer on Sunday.

Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (Senior)
Hayes, a 2010 first-round pick, had one goal and two assists in Boston College’s 7-2 win over Rensselaer on Sunday.

Justin Holl, defenseman, Minnesota (Senior)
Holl, a 2010 second-round pick, had two assists and a plus-2 rating in a 3-2 win over New Hampshire on Saturday. He had the primary assist on two of the goals.

Jeremy Morin, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Morin, who was acquired in a trade in 2010, has apparently remained motivated after being among the Blackhawks’ final training camp cuts. He leads the IceHogs with 13 shots on goal. He had one goal and two assists through four games.

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