Back To School: Blackhawks Prospects Headed To College

Since Stan Bowman took over as general manager of the Blackhawks, the organization has consistently drafted players headed to play college hockey in the United States. From the first round pick in 2010 – Kevin Hayes – to the most recent class of picks, the Hawks have had a few NCAA-bound players among their selections each year.

With some recent cap casualties opening up roster spots, college players will be a focus heading into training camp this year as well. Nick Schmaltz, Luke Johnson and Tyler Motte will join recent college players Vince Hinostroza, Tanner Kero and Kyle Baun in the battle for NHL ice time. And the rumors about the Hawks’ interest in Jimmy Vesey remain as well.

But even with those prominent names in the organization, there are other headed back to campus for the fall. Here’s a look at the 14 Hawks’ prospects who will be playing college hockey again this year.

  • John Hayden, F – Yale

John Hayden bio

  • Fredrik Olofsson, F – Omaha

Fredrick Olofsson bio

  • Luc Snuggerud, D – Omaha

Luc Snuggerud bio

  • Dennis Gilbert, D – Notre Dame

Dennis Gilbert bio

  • Anthony Louis, F – Miami (OH)

Anthony Louis bio

  • Chad Krys, D – Boston University

Chad Krys bio

  • Dylan Sikura, F – Northeastern University

Dylan Sikura bio

  • Ryan Shea, D – Northeastern University

Ryan Shea bio

  • Matheson Iacopelli, F – Western Michigan

Matheson Iacopelli bio

  • Blake Hillman, D – University of Denver

Blake Hillman bio

  • Jack Ramsey, F – University of Minnesota

Jack Ramsey bio

  • Beau Starrett, F – Cornell University

Beau Starrett bio

  • Liam Coughlin, F – University of Vermont

Liam Coughlin

  • Jake Massie, F – University of Vermont

Jake Massie

  • Chris Calnan, F – Boston College

Chris Calnan

  • Matt Tomkins, G – Ohio State University

Matt Tomkins

20 thoughts on “Back To School: Blackhawks Prospects Headed To College

  • July 28, 2016 at 9:09 am

    I’ll be keeping a close eye on a few of these guys – Dennis Gilbert, John Hayden and Fredrick Olofsson top my list.

  • July 28, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I am going to go over to Moylan Iceplex in August and take in a few Omaha practices.

    I will get a good look at Freddy O. And Snuggerud.

    Also I am looking forward to seeing Blake Hillman of Denver play in person.

  • July 28, 2016 at 5:59 pm


  • July 28, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Wall- I’ll take the crickets compared to last year! We need a blockbuster trade somewhere so we can all go nuts.

  • July 28, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Well ok, I’ll try something…for us long in the tooth Blackhawk fans dating back to the 50’s and 60’s it’s something that, looking back, should have actually occurred and would have changed history. Remember when Harold Ballard sold Frank Mahovlich to the Blackhawks with then owner James Norris. Norris and Ballard had a few drinks and came up with the deal for a million bucks.

    Had that gone through, which it almost did, we would almost certainly have won many more cups all the way up to…oh I’ll say 1974.

    James’s brother Bruce was horrified, called Conn Smythe. Conn Smythe put in an emergency call to his son Stafford, who worked with Harold Ballard.

    Tommy Ivan shows up to Maple Leaf Gardens with the cheque for the million bucks and is refused. The exact words from history were ” We never rolled a drunk yet, and we don’t have to start now”.

    It almost got a second pair of legs when the Maple Leaf board found out about the cool $ million and, when they overturned the refusal, it was James Norris who now was not in the mood.

    I remember this well as a kid as it was widely reported and a done deal. In retrospect I contend this was a a bargain for what it would have brought us and deprived the Leafs. Everything would have been very different.

    Any thoughts and opinions?

  • July 29, 2016 at 12:02 am

    MM, you go back a little farther than I do. I started following the Hawks when we moved back to Chicago from northern Wisconsin in 1966 – I was 12 at the time. I’ve read about the “almost deal” before though and yeah it may have changed things.

  • July 29, 2016 at 12:42 am

    MM — (I started following the Hawks in ’66…11 years old / had season tickets 1968 thru 1998) I really can’t imagine the Mahovlich “what if” scenario. Sorry. (Didn’t the Leafs try to trade their “entire team (except enough players to play with him)” for Bobby Hull? Another “what if”…)

    “What if” Tommy Ivan and Billy Reay knew **anything** and did not GIVE Phil Esposito (Ken Hodge, and Fred Stanfield) to Boston? Pit Martin – (WTF?!?! so he had a four goal game against Chicago…) and Gil Marotte – were they REALLY that weak / thin on defense??? According to Esposito (NHL Legends), he was moved because Reay couldn’t get along with him (“He (Esposito) was aloof…”) – I believe that Reay was pretty much full-of-shit. What I recall, his strategy was to play for a tie whenever the Hawks got a one goal lead (- “None Against”). I sort of remember they tied the record for most ties one year…

  • July 29, 2016 at 12:49 am

    >>> actually, 1973-74 Hawks 23 ties fell one short of the Flyers 1969-70 record of 24.

  • July 29, 2016 at 8:37 am

    for Mining Man – for our under 40 crowd, the worst is….. the should-have-been trade of Jeremy Roenick for Keith Tkachuk that was denied at the last moment, only to have Roenick go to the same organization (in a new home) a year later for Zhamnov instead

  • July 29, 2016 at 10:00 am

    What I think would have been a better trade that almost happened is Lindross coming to Chicago. Keenan wanted him and going to Quebec I believe was Larmer, Joe Murphy, Dean McAdanm, Belfour, S Smith. We would have Roenick and Lindross as oour 1 and 2 centers ala Gretzky Messier . Hasik would have been our goalie and who knows what could have happened.

  • July 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    re: JR Roman – I’ll never back a deal that would have sent Larmer out of Chicago…. but that’s a fascinating thought

  • July 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    So we could have had Tkachuk and settled in the end for Zhanmov. Brilliant.

  • July 29, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    IIRC, both Frank and Pete (shorty) scored in third period of game 6 of the ’71 SCF when we had 3-2 after 40 minutes. Everyone from back then remembers game 7 but we outplayed them that night too, so in effect we blew it twice that year.

  • July 29, 2016 at 1:44 pm


    I wish the Hawks had used that $1M check to match Winnipeg’s offer and keep #9 in a Black Hawks jersey.

    And I wish that none of Eddie Belfour, Chris Chelios, Phil Esposito, and JR had ever been traded and instead eventually retired as Black Hawks. SAme with Danny Maloney and Jerry Korab. ANd now Andrew Shaw.

    Go Hawks

  • July 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Drop the Puck- Agreed…those were players with known abilities. Bobby Hull leaving us was devastating for me. Blackhawk management put together some great teams, for which I am grateful, yet it seems as if they tore them apart just as fast.

    They are certainly making up for those times now, despite the cap trying to tear us down all the time.

  • July 30, 2016 at 12:51 am

    My question is at one time the Hawks had I think the most number of drafted college players. How has that worked out for them versus other strategies that other teams use like drafting players playing in European cities or Russia or even Canadian leagues for that matter? I think a few college players have made it to the parent club, but not many and we are always talking about potential but not seeing the results. I know TVR was a good pick, but Hayes jumped ship and we are still waiting for a few others to finally make it. Hopefully this year a few will make their mark.

  • July 30, 2016 at 9:25 am

    MM, I was a little boy and my dad took me to see Bobby Hull’s last regular season game as a Blackhawk. He scorred 603 & 604 that night. Great memory. Little did I know then what I know know now about Bobby’s off ice personality. A little boy’s awe of #9 has diminished over time.

    Drop the Puck…I totally agree on Danny Maloney and Jerry Korab. I loved those two guys.

  • July 30, 2016 at 10:37 am

    #9 WAS my number 1 sports hero growing up. I finally got to see him in person down here against the Birmingham Bulls (WHA) but it just wasn’t the same without the Indian Head on his jersey.

    But, man, his face sure did pay the price for those 610 NHL goals. And I knew I was getting old when BObby Hull’s son retired

    BTW, what was the topic of this thread again?

  • August 1, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Vermette to be bought out. Any takers?

  • August 1, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Ernie… ya beat me to it!!!

    I think it is a perfect fit… “Checking” center who can win 55% of draws… 3rd or 4th line…

    works with any of Motte, Hoss, Schmaltz, Hino… responsible enough to cover for “Rookies” and can actually SCORE if paired with Schmaltz (versus Kruger)…

    Been here- so knows what Q wants
    For around Million/yr. perfect fit!!!

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