Blackhawks: December 1 Prospect Updates

Blackhawks prospects have been making a lot of noise over the last few weeks, so the end of the month is a good time to catch up on recent stats.

Entering December, Northeastern forward Dylan Sikura (6th round – 2014) is tied for third in the NCAA with 23 points in 15 games. Miami (OH) forward Anthony Louis (6th round – 2013) is tied for 18th in the country with 17 points in 13 games. Meanwhile, Western Michigan forward Matt Iacopelli is one of two players in the country averaging one full goal per game (12 goals in 12 games).

Over Thanksgiving weekend, Scott Power of The Athletic watched John Hayden and Yale play. After the game, he talked to Hayden and wrote that Yale’s senior captain “absolutely” intends on signing with the Blackhawks at the end of the season.

“I have a great relationship with the Blackhawks, and they’ve done a great job with supporting me and teaching me since the draft,” he added.

Here’s how the Hawks’ prospects are performing this year at the NCAA level.

  • FORWARDS

John Hayden – Yale*
9 games, 7 goals, 4 assists, 11 points
* – Hayden is the captain at Yale this season

Chris Calnan – Boston College*
16 games, 3 goals, 7 assists, 10 points
* – Calnan is the captain at Boston College this season

Anthony Louis – Miami (OH)**
13 games, 9 goals, 8 assist, 17 points
** – Louis is an alternate captain at Miami this season

Dylan Sikura – Northeastern
15 games, 9 goals, 14 assists, 23 points

Matt Iacopelli – Western Michigan
12 games, 12 goals, 4 assists, 16 points

Fredrik Olofsson – Omaha
9 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points

Beau Starrett – Cornell
9 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points

Jack Ramsey – Minnesota
11 game, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points

  • DEFENSEMEN

Luc Snuggerud – Omaha
14 games, 6 goals, 6 assists, 12 points

Dennis Gilbert – Notre Dame
14 games, 0 goals, 5 assists, 5 points

Ryan Shea – Northeastern
15 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points

Chad Krys – Boston University
12 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points

Blake Hillman – Denver
13 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, 4 points

F Radovan Bondra
F Radovan Bondra

Now, let’s catch up with the prospects not competing in the NCAA this season.

Alex DeBrincat (2nd round – 2016) currently ranks second in the OHL with 51 points in 23 games. Meanwhile in the WHL, forwards John Dahlström (7th round – 2015) and Radovan Bondra (5th round – 2015) have 27 points in 25 and 26 games, respectively. In the QMJHL, forward Alexandre Fortin (FA) ranks tenth in points per game at 1.38 (18 points in 13 games).

  • FORWARDS

Alex DeBrincat – Erie Otters (OHL)
23 games, 26 goals, 25 assists, 51 points

Alexandre Fortin – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
13 games, 6 goals, 12 assists, 18 points

Radovan Bondra – Vancouver Giants (WHL)
26 games, 17 goals, 10 assists, 27 points

John Dahlström – Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
25 games, 13 goals, 14 assists, 27 points

Nathan Noel – Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
24 games, 13 goals, 12 assists, 25 points

Graham KnottTraded to Windsor  (OHL)
Niagara IceDogs (OHL) – 14 games, 4 goals, 13 assists, 17 points
Windsor Spitfires (OHL) – 5 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points

Artur Kayumov – Loko Yaroslavl (MHL)
28 games, 7 goals, 8 assists, 15 points

Roy Radke – Barrie Colts (OHL)
12 games, 6 goals, 5 assists, 11 points

Mathias From – Rögle BK (SHL)
21 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points

  • DEFENSEMEN

Robin Press – Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
11 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point

Andreas Söderberg – IK Pantern (Allsvenskan)
23 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points

Joni Tuulola – HPK (Liiga)
25 games, 1 goal, 2 assist, 3 points

Lucas Carlsson – Brynäs IF (SHL)
17 games, o goals, 3 assist, 3 points

Jake Ryczek – Waterloo (USHL)
17 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points

17 thoughts on “Blackhawks: December 1 Prospect Updates

  1. Been watching Hayden since the prospect camp in the year they drafted him. Said it then and will say it now, he is absolutely the kind of power forward this team needs.

  2. Scottie P- agreed on Hayden… imo- would be starting on Hawks now… smart player with size… was a man among boys at prospect camp… Responsible.

  3. Agree with everyone re Hayden. He has made nice progress over the last 3+ years and wearing the C just adds to it (I think he wore the A for Team USA as well). He could be a good fit as our 3 or 4C pretty quickly. He is our most NHL ready prospect and to me the guy to be most excited about. He always looked like a great sleeper pick.

  4. Do we have any goaltender prospects worth writing about?

    Seems like I remember there were a couple of outstanding goalie prospects at the summer camp.

  5. From is averaging 8:43 per game. He averaged 7:15 last year when he was promoted. This year he did play some one the u-20 club team and had 7 points in 6 games.
    With the big club he’s 12th in ice time. A lot of times in Europe we see players struggle to get ice time. Not sure if thats the case or not, but he doesnt appear to be hamperd

    Rogle really isnt that good of a team. They were just promoted to the SHL level last year. And they’re currently second to last in the standings.

  6. Thx ernie be good to see him in a more mainstream venue where you can get a better look at his potential

  7. Drop the puck there is tomkins at osu and nalminov and peeters in europe but maybe not having strong years not sure

  8. Any western people seen Bondra this year? He seems dstined for the NHL, but not sure of his role?
    6’5″ 220 and Hockey Futures likes his probability of success

  9. Can’t help but think debrincat being set up by schmaltz in a couple of years could be a good match together

  10. The future looking brighter for the folks on West Madison. With some of our stars getting a little older these kids will be the future and I like what I’m seeing. Can’t wait to see the kid from the Otters in the UC, gonna be special

  11. Wall, I remember you talking about Hayden just after he was drafted. He looks like he is progressing well and looks like the kind of player that will definitely help us next year. Great scouting report; you called it back then. Wall, Phd in hockey, thanks for your contributions.

  12. Booman- thx

    Ernie is right on Re: From/Rogle… I still think From has a solid chance of making NHL… he is playing against men in SHL as opposed to kids in CHL/Jr.

    I also think Olofsson has a good chance of making NHL- despite the pedestrian #’s he is putting up right now… very good fluid skater with size.

    Doctor Wall- are you the guy here who suggested that Hossa was working on elevated wrist shots exclusively in a practice before the year started??? and that we might see 81 using it this year??? Oh wait- that was me!

  13. Some of the prospects having a good start to their season which is nice but I still come back to the point they all have flaws which might prevent them from doing well in the NHL.

    Unless this has changed – Hayden is not a good skater and may not have the speed to play top-6 or maybe not center because of that.

    DeBrincat is tiny.

    Radke is not a good skater and is slow.

    Fortin showed good skating and a nose for the scoring areas but he’s had injury problems and the question would be can he stay in the lineup.

    And the rest of the guys are just guys until they prove otherwise.

  14. ER- good comments- agreed.

    what Hayden does have- size and IQ… My comparison is Moose/ w better hands and a little more nasty… isn’t gonna be top 10 in skating race…. but reads/anticipates well and has size…

    That is why- I like Guys like From and Olofsson- who are very good skaters to begin with … they have the potential to be Nordstrom type of NHL guys cuz of skating ability… do they have IQ??? don’t know… do they have the heart of Shaw??? don’t know… Fortin has both IQ/Skating… can he take the Hits like a Shaw??? don’t know… time will tell

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