In the wake of the blockbuster deals for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the organization will have most of their top prospects in town to compete for roster spots in Rockford and, perhaps, Chicago.
Earlier, we discussed the defensemen attending this year’s Blackhawks prospect camp. Now, let’s look at the forwards on the roster.
The Blackhawks prospect camp opens this weekend, and many of the organization’s top prospects will be on the ice.
As has been the trend with the Blackhawks under Stan Bowman’s guidance, there will be a strong college flavor at prospect camp. Of the blue line group at this year’s camp, 11 players saw action in an NCAA game during the 2013-14 season; Adam Clendening also came from the college ranks, leaving Boston University after the 2011-12 campaign.
It’s disappointing to see that Klas Dahlbeck isn’t on the roster, but one defenseman to keep an eye on is Carl Dahlström. Listed at 6-4 and 215 pounds, the 19-year-old was a second round pick by the Hawks last summer and will be one of the bigger players in camp. He’s uses his size well and is also a smooth puck handler as well.
Let’s take a look at the defensemen on this year’s camp roster.
On Thursday afternoon, the Blackhawks announced the players who will attend their annual Prospect Camp.
When the Blackhawks announced on Wednesday that the franchise had locked up Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane for eight more seasons, it signified a commitment to the heart of the team for the next decade (at least).
But it will also afford the Hawks’ two young superstars the opportunity to re-write the record books of the Original Six franchise, putting their two names among the all-time elite to wear the Indian head.
On Wednesday the Blackhawks announced eight-year contracts with forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The deals will carry matching $10.5M cap hits.
According to ESPNChicago, forward Kevin Hayes will not attend the upcoming Blackhawks’ prospect camp. The Blackhawks have until August 15 to sign him or he becomes an unrestricted free agent; Chicago would receive draft pick compensation if (when) Hayes becomes a free agent.
Pat Brisson, the agent for both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, told The Fourth Period on Tuesday that the Hawks are still negotiating with the two faces of the franchise.
Reports surfaced on Monday evening that there were deals in place with cap hits around $10.8M each for the two Conn Smythe winners.
The Blackhawks have hired Jimmy Waite as their new goaltending coach. He’s a former Hawks goalie and the brother of Stephane Waite, who left the organization after the 2012-13 season.
Jimmy Waite, 45, was selected by the Blackhawks with the eighth overall pick in the 1987 Draft (seven spots in front of Joe Sakic), and bounced around the NHL with three stops in Chicago before playing in Europe from 2001-2010.