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On Tuesday morning, USA Hockey sent a few kids home from their Evaluation Camp at Lake Placid. With three games remaining, the US will use a smaller roster and consolidate from two teams into one.
All four of the Blackhawks’ prospects in attendance – forwards John Hayden, Tyler Motte, Nick Schmaltz and Anthony Louis – made the cut and will remain in Lake Placid.
Through three games played, Motte is tied for the camp lead with three points (one goal, two assists). Hayden and Louis have one goal and one assist each, and Schmaltz has one assist thus far. Team USA will take on Sweden on Wednesday at 3 pm CT.
This week, a number of Blackhawks prospects are playing in the US Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, NY.
Nick Schmaltz, Tyler Motte, John Hayden and Anthony Louis are playing for the United States, and defensemen Robin Norell and Carl Dahlstrom are skating with Sweden’s team.
Mark Osiecki, an associate coach for the Rockford IceHogs, will be the head coach for the US team in the upcoming World Junior Championship.
On Monday morning, the Rockford IceHogs announced they have signed defenseman Justin Holl to an AHL contract.
Holl, 22, was the 54th overall selection by the Blackhawks in the 2010 NHL Draft. He recently completed his four-year college career at Minnesota.
What does it mean for the Blackhawks to have a legit center for their second line in Brad Richards? And what does it mean for Richards to skate with the talented Blackhawks forwards?
On Tuesday evening, ESPN Chicago’s Scott Powers confirmed what most of us have been assuming for some time: Kevin Hayes isn’t signing with the Blackhawks.
Earlier, we looked at the top ten blue line prospects in the Blackhawks organization. It’s a good, deep group who could impact the Hawks’ NHL roster soon.
The same can be said for the group of talented forwards the Hawks have accumulated over the last few years. You’ll notice how many of the team’s top forward prospects will be playing college hockey this season, a trend the Hawks have continued throughout Stan Bowman’s tenure as general manager.
Let’s now rank the best forwards in the system.
With the prospect camp behind us, it’s a good time to evaluate Chicago’s organizational depth. There is a lot to like about the Blackhawks collection of prospects right now, and there are a few question marks as well.
Today, let’s look at the team’s prospects on the blue line. Here are our rankings of the top defensemen in the organization.
On Tuesday, the NHL and NBC Sports Group announced the broadcast plans for the 2014-15 season. And, as expected, the Chicago Blackhawks will be prominently featured.
Now that the Blackhawks annual prospect camp and fan convention are both in the rear view mirror, the next date on the calendar for Hawks fans is in less than four weeks.
Kevin Hayes, the team’s first round draft pick in 2010, has 25 days left until he becomes a free agent. And all indications are that the Hawks will be receiving a second round compensation pick when the Boston College grad walks away from the organization that selected him four summers ago.