When the 2013-14 season starts, the Blackhawks will defend their Stanley Cup championship at the NHL level. Meanwhile, the Rockford IceHogs will have a talented group coming back to battle for an AHL playoff berth.
A handful of the organization’s prospects will be in the classroom this fall. Highlighted by three of the team’s picks from this summer’s draft, the Blackhawks will have a few names to watch on college ice this season.
Here’s a look at which of the team’s prospects will be in college this season.
Stephen Johns, D – Draft Year: 2010
Vince Hinostroza, F – Draft Year: 2012
Johns returns for his senior year in South Bend as the leader of the Fighting Irish blue line. A lot of eyes will be on him as a big, physical defenseman that may not be very far away from skating at the United Center. Hinostroza, meanwhile, begins his first season with the Irish after three good years in the USHL, capped by a 60-point campaign in 46 games with Waterloo. The Blackhawks selected Hinostroza in the sixth round of the 2012 Draft.
Kevin Hayes, F – Draft Year: 2010
Chris Calnan, F – Draft Year: 2012
The younger Hayes, who was selected in the first round of the 2010 Draft, will return for his fourth and final year at Boston College. After a disappointing junior season that included a suspension and season-ending injury, Hayes will look to bounce back and improve on his numbers from last year (6G, 19A, 25pts). Calnan, Jeremy Roenick’s nephew, will begin his first NCAA season as a teammate of Hayes at BC. Chicago selected Calnan in the third round of the 2012 Draft.
John Hayden, F – Draft Year: 2013
Hayden stole the show at this summer’s prospect camp after the Hawks selected him in the third round of the 2013 Draft. After two seasons in the USHL, he will join Yale as they defend their NCAA championship this season.
University of Minnesota
Justin Holl, D – Draft Year: 2010
Holl is a smooth skating defenseman that spent some time at forward because of the Gophers’ depth on the blue line last season. He is expected to return to being a full-time defenseman this season. He accounted for three goals and four assists in35 games for Minnesota last season. Like Johns, Holl was one of the Blackhawks’ second round picks in 2010.
University of Vermont
Michael Paliotta, D – Draft Year: 2011
A third round pick in 2011, Paliotta tied for the lead among Vermont defensemen with 10 points last year (1G, 9A) while piling up 50 penalty minutes. He’s a big kid (6-3, 201) who had a nice prospect camp this summer and might be a sleeper to bring some size to the Rockford blue line in a year or two.
University of Michigan
Tyler Motte, F – Draft Year: 2013
Motte will head to Ann Arbor for his first season of college hockey after scoring 11 goals and added six assists in 26 games. The Blackhawks selected Motte with one of their two picks in the fourth round of this summer’s Draft after two seasons in the USHL.
- Hinostroza, Hayden and Motte are among 40 players invited to be part of USA Hockey’s 2013 National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY, from Aug. 3-10 as well.
Ohio State University
Sam Jardine, D – Draft Year: 2011
Jardine had seven assists in 28 games with the Buckeyes in his first season of college hockey last year. One of the younger players selected in the 2011 Draft, Jardine won’t turn 20 until mid-August. He was a sixth round selection by the Hawks.
University of North Dakota
Nick Mattson, D – Draft Year: 2010
Mattson, who turns 22 in late-October, will return for his third season at North Dakota this year. He had a good, productive second campaign, posting 15 points (3G, 12A) in 38 games. After being selected by the Hawks in the sixth round in 2010, he played a second season with the Indiana Ice (USHL) before moving to the NCAA level.
Anthony Louis, F – Draft Year: 2013
Louis is yet another player the Blackhawks have selected out of the USHL, and will take his talents to south… Ohio… this winter for his first year at Miami. The Blackhawks selected Louis in the sixth round this summer, and, in spite of his size (listed at 5-7, 145) he impressed at prospect camp.