On Thursday, Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News published his list of the top 50 NCAA players for this season. And the Blackhawks, who have a deep pool of college players again this year, are well represented on the list.
Below are the four Hawks prospects who made Kennedy’s list. We added their draft info below Kennedy’s comments.
9. Nick Schmaltz, C, North Dakota – His brother Jordan is gone to the pros, but Chicago first-rounder Nick will keep the NoDak fans happy with his dazzling skills.
34. John Hayden, C, Yale – The big, powerful Chicago prospect plays an aggressive game and gets his points on the regular.
36. Matheson Iacopelli, LW, Western Michigan – A great scorer in the USHL thanks to his size and shot, the Chicago pick now moves on to Kalamazoo.
46. Dennis Gilbert, D, Notre Dame – Big, mobile and capable of putting up numbers from the blueline, Gilbert is a Chicago prospect coming into his freshman year.
- Schmaltz – 2014, 1st round (#20 overall)
- Hayden – 2013, 3rd round (#70)
- Iacopelli – 2014, 3rd round (#83)
- Gilbert – 2015, 3rd round (#91)