Who are these guys? The Blackhawks’ Prospect Camp Invitees

There are a small number of invited free agents attending the Blackhawks’ prospect camp this summer. Let’s take a moment to learn a little more about each of them.

  • Ryan Kuffner, F
    6-1, 185
    DOB: 6/12/1996 (22)
    Shoots: L

Kuffner is headed into his senior season at Princeton after scoring 29 goals in 36 games.

  • Kyle Maksimovich, F
    5-8, 174
    DOB: 3/12/1998 (20)
    Shoots: L

Maksimovich appeared in four games with the IceHogs last year after completing his fourth season with the Erie Otters (OHL). Last season he scored 31 goals with 35 assists in 65 games with Erie. He could be headed back to Rockford this season.

  • Connor Moynihan, F
    6-4, 193
    DOB: 6/20/1997 (21)
    Shoots: L

Moynihan finished his fifth season with Halifax (QMJHL) last season, posting 21 goals and 21 assists in 66 games. He also racked up 113 PIM.

  • Matthew Robson, G
    6-2, 170
    DOB: 3/26/1996 (22)

Last season Robson became the first Canadian to play for the University of Minnesota in more than a decade. He appeared in 14 games for the Gophers, posting a .933 save percentage and 2.11 GAA. He is headed back to Minnesota this fall. The Blackhawks also have forward prospect Jack Ramsey at Minnesota.

  • Peyton Jones, G
    6-4. 209
    DOB: 3/14/1996 (22)

Jones completed his second season at Penn State last year (another Big Ten goaltender in camp). He appeared in 35 games for the Nittany Lions last year, recording a .905 save percentage and 3.03 GAA. Chicago also has forward prospect Evan Barratt at Penn State.

  • Chase Marchand, G
    6-0, 172
    DOB: 12/17/1995 (22)

Chase is a cousin of Bruins forward Brad Marchand. He appeared in 22 games for St. Francis Xavier University (Canada) last year, registering a .924 save percentage and a 2.38 GAA. He will return for his third season at St. Francis Xavier.

  • Linden Marshall, G
    6-3, 205
    DOB: 7/21/1998 (20)

Marshall, the youngest of the three netminders invited to camp, appeared in 29 games in his first season at RPI last year. He had a .904 save percentage and 3.17 GAA.

 

12 thoughts on “Who are these guys? The Blackhawks’ Prospect Camp Invitees

  1. Currently at 47 of 50 allowable contracts its a longshot at best that any of these guys get a contract.

  2. Very pretty jersey and outstanding color coordination/mix of the goalie’s equipment in the photo.

    By the way, 4 goalies invited?

  3. re: 4 goalies – you can never have too many, and the fact that 2 of these guys are from B1G schools where the Hawks already have draft picks playing means Chicago likely has eyes on them this season; they’ll be watching those teams anyway. The Hawks still haven’t done anything abut Nalimov reportedly asking to be traded, and the organizational depth simply isn’t there. More the merrier imo

  4. Agree more is better, but with 6 goalies under contract now, 5 with Blackhawks and Tomkins with Indy and they all have NCAA schools to return too. Maybe an invite to camp and a possible elc after another season would be more likely. If Crawford is really still questionable though more depth immediately could be needed but where would they be best served next season. With only 3 contract spaces left and the possibility of maybe Mitchell and Krys or someone else signing elcs in march, saving those spots may be important unless a multi player trade opens up a couple of spots.

  5. The writing seems to be on the wall that the Hawks have a goal tending issue on their hands . Combine that with the fact our D core is a tad bit old , mostly unproven and under talented ,.,.could be another interesting season .

  6. Bringing in goalies that if signed are probably 2 or 3 years away doesn’t indicate a goaltending issue next season.

  7. Tab,
    I love these potentials. Especially at the goalie position. Clearly, Mr. Nalimov is a tool. Bu-bye. Hopefully we can get a solid player…or two…for him. As for these college goalies, I have been high on that since last year, during the NCAA Hockey Finals. I say keep them all in mind. If they all go back to college, keep them in the loop. It is kinda funny that there’s zero D invited. Clearly we are inundated with prospects. These forwards are intriguing. Two have size and skill. Something is preventing them from the NHL…speed? I like all these invites. Let’s see how it all plays out!!!

  8. Adding to Hondo’s comments, if memory serves me correctly, I think in years past at this tournament, upwards of half the roster were “free agent invitees.” So this seems like an indication that we have more of our own guys in the pipeline. Especially on D…wow.
    I am not crazy about the fact that the Russian players did not want to come over and get acclimated to our organization at either prospect camp or this event. It looks to me as though we need to do a better job of getting to know those guys and how they think/what their goals are before spending draft picks on them.

  9. Espo i believe its because they are under contract to khl teams. No agreement allowing them to interact with them. Nalimov i believe was fa when he came over and wasn’t signed so went back to khl.

  10. Nalimov is unproven in North America even as a potential back up in the NHL there is no guarantee he would make it. As such no one is going to give us one solid player, much less more than one, for him. He had one nice season overseas in the KHL that is all. It did revive his career as a guy who has the potential to carve out a role on an NHL team given a chance, but there is no guarantee he would be able to make it here once he comes over.

    If he already transitioned to North America and had a solid season as an NHL backup under his belt, maybe you could move him for a solid depth type NHL player, but he really has zero resume here. And it is too bad instead of coming over and competing for a role as an NHL backup or AHL starter he wants to be traded somewhere where he will get playing time handed to him. Looking out over the next two years, the goaltending position in Chicago looks to be wide open.

    As a young goalie, he should be wanting to come to Chicago in my opinion, with the young D talent coming in the pipeline and the history of winning Cups and the vets with 3 rings still on the roster.

  11. Hereismike I agree with you on Nalimov I think the Hawks would have been a perfect place to come. Worst case scenario he would have shared the starting goal spot with Delia. I don’t think there is another NHL team that’s going to guarantee him a roster spot.

  12. The problems in goal this coming season are plentiful and obvious.
    I would like to think optimistically at this point – Cam Ward is going to kill it. This is a new life for him and he’s going to do it.
    Ok?

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