On Thursday morning, The Athletic published a fun column from Corey Pronman listing one prospect to watch in each NHL training camp. With expectations that Dylan Sikura make an impact offensively similar to what Alex DeBrincat provided last year, the easy assumption was that he would be the guy for Chicago.
But it wasn’t. Pronman went with defenseman Carl Dahlström instead.
Here’s what Pronman had to say about the hot Carl:
A lot of Chicago’s top prospects are younger and thus a bit away from NHL time, so the guys to watch are from last year’s Rockford team and Dahlstrom was one guy who consistently caught my eye. He’s never going to fool you for an impact guy, his offense is mediocre at best, but he’s big and mobile, and I think he has the skillset to play NHL minutes. He’s getting up there in age, though, so it’s now or never for the former second-round pick in 2013.
Dahlström made his NHL debut last year, appearing in 11 regular season games. He was credited with six hits and nine blocked shots and averaged 17:31 on the ice in those contests.
There’s a lot to like about Dahlström. He skates well and has good size; he’s listed at 6-4 and 231 pounds. He saw a fair amount of penalty kill time (1:46 per night) in his limited NHL run last year and could be an asset at the NHL level this season if he can provide the type of physical play over 81 games that we saw in 11 last year.