On Monday morning, the Blackhawks announced the team has signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a one-year, two-way contract. He will likely start the year in Rockford.
With Kevin Hayes moving on, some have said the Blackhawks draft in 2010 is a bust – even before Stephen Johns (above) plays his first full season as a professional.
Some look back at the Hawks’ drafts of the last few years and wonder where all the NHL talent is hiding. Since 2009, only three players drafted by the Hawks – Marcus Kruger, Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw – have played more than 100 regular season games in the NHL.
But looking back through history, we find that rarely does any franchise have a complete draft class make an impact.
The Blackhawks released the following statement regarding forward Kevin Hayes on Friday afternoon:
“We offered Kevin what we believed was a generous and fair contract. Unfortunately, he felt it was in his best interests to become a free agent. We are looking forward to the compensatory draft pick we are receiving and are focused on the excitement surrounding the start of training camp next month.”
The Blackhawks will receive the 54th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft as compensation.
On Tuesday, ESPN released Corey Pronman’s top 100 NHL prospects heading into the 2014-15 season. Three Hawks made the list, with a fourth coming up just short.
On Feb. 7, 2015, Blackhawks prospects Tyler Motte (Michigan) and Anthony Louis (Miami) will be part of the third annual Hockey City Classic as the event returns to Soldier Field in Chicago.
In the doubleheader, Motte’s Wolverines will face rival Michigan State University in a Big Ten clash, and Louis will lead Miami against Western Michigan in the second game.
As we look ahead at the 2014-15 Blackhawks, looking back to the 2009 Draft is an intriguing part of the team’s recent history – and its future.
The four Blackhawks prospects competing for the United States at Lake Placid have had a great couple days since the US consolidated its roster at the World Junior Championships Evaluation Camp.
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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.