The Hawks have skated through two days of scrimmages at prospect camp now, and we have highlights! Let’s take a look at a few kids who impressed over the last two days.
On the red team, Roy Radke stole the show with a hat trick in the first scrimmage of the prospect camp. Radke, a sixth round pick in this summer’s draft, skated on a line with 2015 seventh round pick John Dahlstrom and 2014 sixth round pick Dylan Sikura and was able to find the back of the net twice in a span of 19 seconds in the second half of the scrimmage. John Dahlstrom also scored in the first half of the scrimmage.
The red team featured three interesting players to watch on the blue line. Carl Dahlstrom, Robin Press and Luc Snuggerud skated on the same side of the ice and looked good, especially in the second half as the red team was able to shut down the white team for the final 22 minutes.
The Hawks skated their top draft pick from this summer’s draft, second rounder Graham Knott, on a line with last year’s camp highlight John Hayden and Michigan center Tyler Motte. Hayden scored one of the four goals produced by the white squad, and Ohio State defenseman Sam Jardine scored as well. Jardine was a sixth round pick in 2011 and is entering his final collegiate season in Columbus.
Fredrik Olofsson, a fourth round pick in 2014 who spent last season with the Chicago Steel in the USHL, had an impressive day with and without the puck. Still only 19, Olofsson has good size (6-2, 205) and handles the puck well. He’s certainly a player to keep an eye on this season.
Radovan Bondra, a fifth round pick this summer, skated on the top line for the red team with Nick Schmaltz and Anthony Louis for a second day. Schmaltz had a terrific freshman season at North Dakota; Olofsson, Schmaltz and Louis are three of the 14 Blackhawks prospects expected to play NCAA hockey this season. Olofsson will begin his collegiate career at Omaha, where he’ll join Snuggerud. The Hawks will also have two prospects at North Dakota (Schmaltz and Luke Johnson).
College free agent Zachary Aston-Reese was the only player to score a goal in the scrimmages on both Monday and Tuesday. He will play his third season at Northeastern University, where he’ll be a teammate of Sikura.