The Blackhawks summer prospect camp begins on Monday, and many of the organization’s top prospects will be in attendance. In this first part of a three-part series, we’ll look at some of the forwards that will be participating in the prospect camp this week.
Brandon Saad, LW
Drafted: 2nd round (43rd overall) in 2011
Saad saw a couple games in the NHL before he was sent back to his junior club, Saginaw, where he dominated the OHL. In 44 games, Saad scored 34 goals and added 42 assists. He did miss some time with an injury, and also represented the US in a disappointing World Junior Championships effort. He’s expected to be in the mix for significant ice time in Chicago this season.
Mark McNeill, C
Drafted: 1st round (18th overall) in 2011
McNeill posted 71 points (31 goals, 40 assists) and 48 penalty minutes in 69 games with Prince Albert of the WHL. He was held scoreless in seven games with the IceHogs at the end of the season, and has signed an entry-level contract with the Hawks.
Teuvo Teravainen, F
Drafted: 1st round (18th overall) in 2012
Teravainen will be the youngest player at the camp this year; he won’t turn 18 until September. He can play center or wing, and is a creative scorer. He’ll spend the 2012-13 season overseas.
Kevin Hayes, C
Drafted: 1st round (24th overall) in 2010
The “little” brother of Jimmy, Kevin finished his second season at Boston College with 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 44 games. He’s a big center who spent time on a line with Chris Krieder, a hero for the NY Rangers in the NHL playoffs.
Phillip Danault, C
Drafted: 1st round (26th overall) in 2011
Danault, like McNeill, was a first round pick in 2011 and has since signed an entry-level contract. He had 71 points (18 goals 53 assists) and 61 penalty minutes with Victoriaville of the QMJHL last year. After being recalled to Rockford, he had two assists in seven games in the AHL.
Chris Calnan, F
Drafted: 3rd round (79th overall) in 2012
Calnan is coming out of the same Boston-area high school as Kevin Hayes and will probably join Hayes at Boston College this fall. He’s a big body who’s described as the prototypical power forward. Calnan is Jeremy Roenick’s nephew.
Vince Hinostroza, F
Drafted: 6th round (169th overall) in 2012
A late-round pick out of the USHL, Hinostroza had solid offensive numbers last year (20 goals, 24 assists in 55 games) in spite of perceptions that he’s too small. In 2010, he was the fourth overall pick in the USHL Draft.
Maxim Shalunov, F
Drafted: 4th round (109th overall) in 2011
Shalunov had one assist in six games in the KHL last year after being selected 15th overall in the 2010 KHL Draft. He has represented Russia in the World Junior Championships twice and is an intriguing player to keep an eye on this week.
Joakim Nordström, C
Drafted: 3rd round (90th overall) in 2010
Nordström is a smooth two-way center who spent last season in the Swedish Elite League. He has represented Sweden in more than 50 international games over the last four years and was impressive at the World U20 Championship this past year (four goals in six games).
There is a strong theme when looking around the forwards attending this year’s camp: size. Of the 27 forwards expected to participate, 19 of them are at least six feet tall and six of them are over 200 pounds.