Blackhawks Draft Gems: 6th Round Magic?

A couple years back, lots of Blackhawks fans liked to complain about the Hawks struggling to get first round picks to make an impact on the NHL roster. But since taking over as Chicago’s General Manager, Stan Bowman has had particular success later in the draft – specifically the sixth round.

2012 – Vinnie Hinostroza (169th overall)
Hinostroza has started to establish himself on the Hawks’ NHL roster this season with 14 points in 46 games. Among sixth round picks from the 2012 NHL Draft, only Toronto’s Connor Brown (61) has played more NHL games than Hinostroza (53). Brown (29) and Joseph Blandisi (17) have more points than Hinostroza’s 14 to date.

2013 – Anthony Louis (181st overall)
Louis, a senior at Miami (OH), has 13 goals and 19 assists in 29 games. He’s had a solid, steady career at Miami that has included 45 goals to date. He’ll be an option for the Blackhawks to sign when his college career ends this year.

2014 – Dylan Sikura (178th overall)
2014 – Ivan Nalimov (179th overall)
Sikura has been one of the hot names among Blackhawks prospects this season while dominating the NCAA at Northeastern. He’s among the nation’s leaders in scoring and might opt to turn pro after this season, his third at Northeastern. Nalimov, 22, is playing in the KHL this season. Listed at 6-4 and 205 pounds, Nalimov has appeared in 18 games between Admiral Vladivostok and Sibir Novosibirsk. Chicago acquired the rights to the pick used on Nalimov in the draft day trade that also brought the pick used on Nick Schmaltz.

2015 – Roy Radke (164th overall)
2015 – Joni Tuulola (181st overall)
Radke has 14 goals and 11 assists in 30 games with the Barrie Colts in the OHL this season. The pick used on Radke was acquired from the LA Kings for Daniel Carcillo in 2013. Tuulola has eight points in 43 games with HPK in the Liiga this season.

2016 – Blake Hillman (173rd overall)
Hillman, in his second season at the University of Denver, has five assists in 29 games this season.

23 thoughts on “Blackhawks Draft Gems: 6th Round Magic?

  • February 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    That’s where scouts make their money. Later rounds.

    Per Friedman
    There are a few teams hoping John Hayden, a 2013 Chicago Blackhawks pick who is finishing his fourth year at Yale, will go the Jimmy Vesey route — not sign, choosing free agency instead. But two NHL clubs who were looking into it say they are losing hope it will happen.

  • February 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Every indication has always been that Hayden will sign here, and that the Blackhawks really, really like him. They’ve tried to sign him after previous prospect camps but he wanted a degree (GOOD FOR HIM). He’s a really good asset moving forward.

  • February 14, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    We saw Hayden play in Lake Placid at world juniors and liked what we saw. He could be another Bicks.

  • February 14, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    More from that article was theres a good chance he burns year one this year and gets a few games after Yale is done.

  • February 14, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Ernie – highly unlikely the Hawks burn a year of Hayden’s ELC (which would be 2 years because he stayed at Yale for 4 years) for a week or two. The organization has consistently signed players to an ELC that begins the following season and then inked a PTO w/ Rockford (see Stephen Johns).

  • February 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Some Clown here predicted that Hino would be the “sleeper” pick shortly after the 2012 draft…

    Might have been Wall-strodamus… my next prediction… There will soon follow a Clown bashing!!!

  • February 14, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Just being a parrot on what was said in Friedman’s thoughts. The Hawks did however do just that with Paliotta. I still think they scratched eachothers back. Hawks would sign him under the premise he’d play a game, burn a year, and be traded.

    “The Blackhawks are now making room for young players, showing there is a route available. The Bulldogs need a big run to qualify for the NCAAs, so the opportunity is there to play in the NHL this season, which burns a year of his entry-level contract.”

  • February 14, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Hayden- is a smart kid…

    Could have made/contributed to the team this year…

  • February 14, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I wouldn’t count your Hino is the sleeper pick in that draft prediction out. Hino has a pretty big upside and with his wheels he’s got an NHL future.

    I realize all of these “hopefuls” will not pan out and it’s a good thing to have more “hopefuls” than less … so I’m not complaining … but there are a bunch of forwards either finishing up Jrs or college or are ready to come from Europe – so where do they all fit?

    Many of the forward spots are spoken for with Toews, Kane, Hossa, Panarin, Anisimov and Kruger unless he’s traded. Figure Panik and Hartman will have spots next season, with Schmaltz, Hino, Kero, Rasmussen and Motte having a leg up on any new comers.

    So where do these guys fit – Shalunov, Hayden, Louis, DeBrincat, Fortin and possibly Sikura?

    I wish the Hawks had more d-men in the pipeline who are close to playing NHL.

  • February 14, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    “So where do these guys fit – Shalunov, Hayden, Louis, DeBrincat, Fortin and possibly Sikura?” — a year or two in Rockford wouldn’t hurt? (…didn’t hurt Hartman or Hinostroza) Just a guess…

  • February 14, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    DD, Shalunov has been around that block before so I doubt he will sign without assurances of avoiding future bus rides, but for sure with the other guys.

  • February 15, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Louis, Sikura, Knott,Bondra,Radke etc. will end up in Rockford. Deinbrincat unless he plays so impressive in preseason he forces a decision otherwise, will probably be kept under the 10 game nhl ceiling and the rest of year in Rockford and be a slide year on his elc. Fortin will be expected to contribute next year and a couple of spots will be available, although some time in ahl is quite likely. Shalunov is not a sure thing especially demanding guaranteed ice time in with blackhawks but if Bowman feels he can be a significant upgrade at forward for them he will quite likely sign him. Hayden wants to play in th nhl now and wants to sign with Chicago rather than take the free agency route. Good chance especially if kruger goes he will get his chance to start the season as the 3rd or 4th line center. Thats how I see next years rookie forwards playing out.

  • February 15, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Hayden will be a wing like Schmaltz. This year he’s 41.3% at the dot at the NCAA level.

  • February 15, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Yeah he was around christmas when looked heven t checked lately but a little work in that area can sometimes go a long way.

  • February 15, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Ian – the Blackhawks don’t slide a contract with a player in Rockford for a year. That isn’t how the CBA works.

  • February 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Tab what I read if a player is 18 on september 15th the year he signs his contract and doesn’t play more than 10 nhl games and ahl games do not count it will slide a 2nd year like hartmans

  • February 15, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Not more than 1o nhl games the 2nd year

  • February 15, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Ian – the contract slides if the player goes back to Junior… which DeBrincat did this year and the Hawks will slide his contract a year. Doesn’t apply to AHL.

  • February 15, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Ok that sounds right I was back and forth on this one. There is an exception I guess if you have no affliation to a junior or european team where a year in the ahl can slide. I believe mikko ratinaan know its spelled wrong had it happen.

  • February 15, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Mikko Rantanen

  • February 16, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Still don’t understand how Hartman is in the 2nd year of his elc when he played in Rockford in 2014/15 if what your saying is correct.

  • February 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Hartman’s deal is like Debrincat’s. Eligible to slide twice. Slid 1 year, the year he signed while he was in plymouth. He was still 18 as of 9/15 of his signing year. Played in Rockford in 14/15 but that was slide eligible as he didn’t play 10 NHL games. 13/14 slide. 14/15 slide. 15/16 first year. 16/17 2nd year. 17/18 3rd.

    Debrincat’s slides this year as well as next if he doesn’t play 10 NHL games. 5 year elc

  • February 16, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Rantanen could have slid twice had he not played 10 NHL games. Played 9 last year before he was sent down. He was eligible to play in the AHL at age 18 because he wasn’t drafted out of the CHL. And wasn’t under a contract in Europe. Chl players can’t play in the AHL at 18 or 19 unless their 20th birthday is between 9/15 and 12/31. Fortin was 2 months from being ahl eligible this year. Hartman and Debrincat turned 20 prior to 12/31

    Players in junior are exempt from the 50 spc list. Debrincat will either be in Junior or AHL next year. 50 spc exempt if in CHL, not exempt in ahl. Will slide again provided 9 or less games.

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