The Chicago Blackhawks dynasty run is over. Moderately than go into full tear down and rebuild, they’re doing a fast retool.
The outdated regime was constructed via the draft with cornerstone items of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford. The Hawks have purged a number of gamers together with Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Crawford.
Final 12 months they missed Toews for all the season and missed the playoffs, however relatively than go full tank mode, they traded their 2021 first spherical decide and this summer season acquired Seth Jones, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Tyler Johnson.
With Toews set to return the rebuild is over and Chicago appears to compete for a playoff spot once more.
The prospect pool has some promising expertise however will not be one of many deepest within the league. It’s nearer to the underside than the highest.
The latest commencement of gamers equivalent to Ian Mitchell, Kirby Dach, Henrik Borgstrom, Philipp Kurashev, and younger constructing blocks on the roster like Nicholas Beaudin will all must play massive roles and proceed to turn into future foundational gamers.
- Nicolas Beaudin, D – Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Drafted: 2018 spherical one, twenty seventh general by Chicago Blackhawks
Whereas Beaudin spent the vast majority of final season on the Hawks roster, he nonetheless qualifies for the rankings having solely performed 20 profession NHL video games on the time of penning this rating. That may change shortly despite the fact that it’s seemingly he splits time once more between the AHL and NHL this season.
The undersized defender greater than compensates for his lack of measurement along with his elite-level mobility and hockey sense. He’s a real instance of how the fashionable day NHL defenseman will be profitable. Whereas on the AHL degree final 12 months he produced over a degree per recreation with Rockford and was additionally in a position to rating two objectives and 6 factors in 19 NHL video games. Beaudin completed the marketing campaign on the World Championship with Canada however had just one level. He can be a giant a part of the Hawks success sooner or later if they’re to have any as a top-pairing defender with Seth Jones.
- Lukas Reichel, LW – Eisbaren Berlin (DEL)
Drafted: 2020 spherical one, seventeenth general by Chicago Blackhawks
Ranked as an early second-round prospect, the Hawks snagged him at seventeenth general in 2020. His D+1 12 months had some ups and downs. His level manufacturing in DEL and his position improved, however he missed the WJC with COVID after posting 5 factors within the event in his draft 12 months. He did get some worldwide time with Germany on the World Championship and posted six factors in 9 video games. His play in that event was sufficient for Chicago to signal him to his ELC and Reichel will come to North America to play within the AHL for the approaching season.
Reichel performs a stable two-way recreation and is trending in the direction of turning into a top-six winger and making the Hawks look sensible for reaching on him on the 2020 draft.
- Wyatt Kalynuk, D – Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Drafted: 2017 spherical seven, 196th general by Philadelphia Flyers
Kalynuk is a really fascinating profile. Undrafted in 2015 and 2016, he was lastly chosen by the Flyers within the seventh spherical. After three stable seasons within the NCAA as a Wisconsin Badger posting 78 factors in 110 profession video games, he opted to signal as a free agent with Chicago.
After solely eight video games within the AHL as a rookie he already had 10 factors. That earned him an NHL recall and he by no means went again. In 21 video games with the Hawks, he had 4 objectives and 9 factors. His offensive recreation has clearly translated to not solely the professional degree however within the NHL as properly.
The priority is his defensive aspect confirmed indicators of weak spot within the NHL. It may very well be finest for his growth to get massive minutes within the AHL to begin in his sophomore season, however already 24-years-old he wants to ascertain himself as an NHL participant quickly. His skating and offensive upside are NHL prepared, however will he be capable to see offensive deployment and PP time on a crew that boasts Seth Jones, Nic Beaudin and Ian Mitchell forward of him, with Alec Regula shut behind as properly?
- Alec Regula, D – Rockford Ice Hogs (AHL)
Drafted: 2018 spherical three, 67th general by Detroit Pink Wings
After being acquired in a commerce from the Pink Wings, Regula returned to the London Knights within the OHL and had a breakout 2019-20 season with 27 objectives and 60 factors in 56 video games. Final 12 months was his rookie season as a professional and he struggled to deliver the offensive prowess with 4 factors in 16 video games within the AHL. Nevertheless, the 6-4 right-shot defender performed a really sound defensive recreation and earned his NHL recall. He performed three video games with the Hawks however was held pointless.
Regula has a heavy shot and strikes properly for a participant along with his measurement. He could by no means play in a high offensive position within the NHL however he brings a number of worth along with his mobility, measurement, shot, and defensive potential.
- Drew Commesso, G – Boston College (NCAA)
Drafted: 2020 spherical two, forty sixth general by Chicago Blackhawks
Solely Yaroslav Askarov was drafted increased than Commesso within the 2020 draft. His 18-7-0 report with USNTDP was spectacular and his D+1 12 months as a freshman starter for the Boston terriers was good. The NCAA pattern measurement was small, 11 video games primarily as a consequence of COVID, however his numbers had been good. He even earned a roster spot with Workforce USA on the World Championship, however because the fourth goalie behind extra established gamers, and didn’t see any recreation time.
Commesso is a positionally sound goalie, with a number of confidence. He performs excessive within the crease to problem shooters and is fast and adept at enjoying and dealing with the puck. The 19-year-old has little competitors for the title of future Chicago beginning goalie however will want a number of years of growth earlier than he is able to play that position. Search for one or two extra seasons because the starter with the Terriers earlier than he sees AHL enjoying time, however the upside is there as a beginning franchise goalie.
- Wyatt Kaiser, D – College of Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA)
Drafted: 2020 spherical three, 81st general by Chicago Blackhawks
The Hawks drafted the “offensive defenseman” out of the USHS the place he had 9 objectives and 34 factors in 25 highschool video games. His D+1 season as an NCAA freshman on a high crew on the College of Minnesota-Duluth was an eye-brow raiser, to say the least. Whereas his offensive recreation didn’t carry over with no objectives and 10 factors via 28 video games, he was a top-pairing defender for the Bulldogs and lead the protection in scoring. He performed massive minutes and acquired rave evaluations for his defensive play.
Kaiser is a really sturdy skater with velocity and agility. His lateral mobility and pivots are very refined in addition to his stride. Kaiser will play one other 12 months or two with the Bulldogs enjoying high minutes. If he can set up his offensive recreation with out sacrificing his defensive reliability, his upside turns into very intriguing. The Hawks could have discovered a gem with a third-round decide as Kaiser is a fast-rising prospect of their system.
- Evan Barratt, C/LW – Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Drafted: 2017 spherical three, ninetieth general by Chicago Blackhawks
Barratt is a prospect trending within the unsuitable path. After being a third-round decide, he went to Penn State and had a breakout sophomore season with 43 factors in 32 video games, and gained a Silver Medal with USA on the WJC. His offensive manufacturing regressed in his third season with the Nittany Lions and final season as an AHL rookie, his manufacturing was good with 14 factors in 27 video games.
Barratt has a great shot and performs a gritty and bodily recreation. His offensive imaginative and prescient isn’t nice, however his shot is NHL degree. Defensively he’s sound, however his legal responsibility is his skating. His mobility is under common and his acceleration is a purple flag as properly. His NHL upside is probably going a third-line participant, however he wants to enhance his skating to make it. To date there have been no indicators of that as his skating has at all times been his largest concern.
- Landon Slaggert, LW/C – College of Notre Dame (NCAA)
Drafted: 2020 spherical three, 79th general by Chicago Blackhawks
Slaggert is a banger who likes to hit and play a gritty bodily recreation. He’s an agitator regardless of missing a hulking body. He had a powerful freshman season with the Combating Irish posting 22 factors in 25 video games and solely 10 penalty minutes regardless of his aggressive model of play. His play earned him a task on Workforce USA on the WJC. In a checking position he was held pointless however helped win the Gold Medal so as to add to his resume. He could not challenge above a bottom-six position, however the Hawks are hoping he has some Andrew Shaw upside in just a few years.
- Colton Dach, C/LW – Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Drafted: 2021 spherical two, 62nd general by Chicago Blackhawks
It was a summer season of Cohesion in Chicago because the Hawks united the Jones and Dach brothers. Colton, the youthful brother of Kirby lacks the famous person upside of his older brother however does have some similarities.
He has nice measurement at 6-4 and 205 kilos at 18-years-old. He’s proving to be an offensively harmful participant posting level per recreation offense within the WHL. However the massive concern in his recreation is his skating. Larger gamers can take longer to refine their skating and steadiness. If Dach can get his skating to higher than common on the junior degree and proceed to enhance to a minimum of common on the professional degree, the Hawks could have a participant right here.
- Andrei Altybarmakyan, RW – Rockford IceHogas (AHL)
Drafted: 2017 spherical three, seventieth general by Chicago Blackhawks
The diminutive Russian winger performed three seasons in Russia bouncing between the KHL, VHL, MHL, and worldwide play. His position within the KHL was restricted, and he performed on some poor groups, however his manufacturing confirmed development. After signing his ELC he made his debut in North America within the AHL and in 29 video games had 12 factors. Not dangerous on a foul crew.
Regardless of being slight in stature he performs with depth and a really excessive compete degree. His talent degree is flashy and spectacular and his skating will not be a legal responsibility both. He’s a really versatile participant. His compete and forecheck make him a serviceable bottom-six, and his talent degree makes him a candidate for a top-six position. Altybarmakyan had a formidable rookie camp and preseason and will see an even bigger position within the AHL this 12 months.
Nolan Allan Was the Hawks 2021 first-round decide, thirty second general. His upside is questionable however his recreation is stable sufficient to make him a protected if not attractive decide.
Alex Vlasic is a monster of a defensive defenseman enjoying massive minutes for Boston U. His offensive recreation is restricted however bettering. On the NHL degree, he can be a backside pairing shutdown man.
Michal Teply Produced properly within the WHL however is struggling to maintain up with the velocity and tempo on the professional degree. He’s trending within the unsuitable path.
Mackenzie Entwistle improved in his second professional season and was recalled to the Hawks and scored his first profession NHL objective. The versatile winger might change into a daily on a checking line.
Mike Hardman signed as a free agent out of Boston Faculty and performed the final eight video games within the NHL with three factors. The 22-year-old seemingly sees a season within the AHL this 12 months.