Yesterday we looked ahead at the Blackhawks crop of prospects from the 2017 NHL Draft. Now let’s catch up with the Class of 2016.
- The Blackhawks traded their first round pick in 2016 to Winnipeg in the Andrew Ladd trade.
- The Blackhawks traded their second round pick in 2016 to Philadelphia for Kimmo Timmonen.
- Chicago acquired two second round picks (39 and 45) from Montreal for Andrew Shaw.
- Chicago acquired one second round pick (50) from Carolina for Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen.
Alex DeBrincat, F
Drafted: 2nd round – 39th overall
Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) – 49 games, 17 goals, 15 assists, 32 points
DeBrincat has bounced all over the lineup but he enters the All-Star Break second on the team with 17 goals and has as many points (32) as Jonathan Toews.
Chad Krys, D
Drafted: 2nd round – 45th overall
Boston University (NCAA) – 25 games, 5 goals, 14 assists, 19 points
“He’s always been a really good, gifted player and had the puck an awful lot. But most kids as they climb the hockey ladder, they haven’t had to defend a lot because they’ve had the puck a lot. At the higher level you have to play both ends of the rink. He had better defense, particularly off the rush and he did a better job down low defending. He also did a better job getting involved offensively.” – BU coach David Quinn
Artur Kayumov, F
Drafted: 2nd round – 50th overall
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) – 20 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points
Russia (WJC) – 5 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points
“Everything that excited the Blackhawks about him at the draft, he’s shown while playing for Russia in the World Juniors. He’s skated around defenders. He’s possessed the puck. He’s created for himself and others. He’s produced. With three goals and two assists during four games in pool play, he was second on Russia in goals and tied for second in points. He’s tied for 12th in points among all tournament players.” – Scott Powers, The Athletic
Wouter Peeters, G
Drafted: 3rd round – 83rd overall
Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) – 19 games, .885 save percentage, 3.24 goals against avg
Lucas Carlsson, D
Drafted: 4th round – 110th overall
Brynäs IF (SHL) – 37 games, 7 goals, 8 assists, 15 points
“This season, [Carlsson] is making his presence known in the Swedish Hockey League. And not just for his defense, but for his improved offensive game as well. ‘He’s more mature, more comfortable,’ a Blackhawks scout said. ‘He’s getting more ice and responsibility and making the most of it. He’s having a solid year.’” – Scott Powers, The Athletic
Nathan Noel, F
Drafted: 4th round – 113th overall
Indy Fuel (ECHL) – 18 games, 4 goals, 5 assists, 9 points
Noel signed his entry level contract with the Blackhawks in April.
“The 20-year-old centre missed all of the Blackhawks’ main training camp after suffering a knee injury during a September prospects tournament. He eventually resumed playing with Chicago’s ECHL team, the Indy Fuel, and was having a decent run with the Indianapolis-based Fuel, with four goals and five assist in 17 games.” – Brenden McCarthy, The Telegram
Mathias From, F
Drafted: 5th round – 143rd overall
Rögle BK (SHL) – 21 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points
Södertälje SK (Allsvenskan) – 13 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 points
Blake Hillman, D
Drafted: 6th round – 173rd round
University of Denver (NCAA) – 26 games, 2 goals, 8 assists, 10 points
Hillman was named Bauer NCHC Defenseman of the Week on Jan. 8.
Jake Ryczek, D
Drafted: 7th round – 203rd overall
Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) – 13 games, 3 goals, 6 assists, 9 points
Providence College (NCAA) – 5 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 1 point
Ryczek left Providence mid-season to play in the QMJHL.