Blackhawks College Prospect Updates

With the Blackhawks having a rare four day break in mid-January, and a number of the Hawks top prospects having performed well recently in the college ranks, let’s take a moment to catch up with how some recent draft picks are performing in the NCAA.

Chris Calnan (BC - 11)

One prospect who has been on fire since the beginning of the new calendar year has been Boston College forward Chris Calnan, the Hawks third round pick (79th overall) in 2012. He now leads BC with 10 goals on the season, including three game-winning goals, one on the power play and one short-handed.

Chris Calnan, F – Boston CollegeĀ (photo)
20 games, 10 goals, 5 assists, 15 points, 3 GWG

Mike Paliotta, D – Vermont
21 games, 5 goals, 13 assists, 18 points, 28 PIM, 1 GWG

John Hayden, F – Yale
12 games, 3 goals, 7 assists, 10 points, 1 GWG
WJC – 5 games, 1 goal, 12 shots, 2 PIM, E

Tyler Motte, F – University of Michigan
17 games, 5 goals, 13 assists, 18 points, 22 blocked shots, 1 GWG
WJC – 5 games, 1 assist, 13 shots, 2 PIM, +1

Nick Schmaltz, F – North Dakota
17 games, 3 goals, 13 assists, 16 points, 8 blocked shots, 1 GWG
WJC – 5 games, 1 assist, 10 shots, +2

Anthony Louis, F – Miami (OH)
19 games, 3 goals, 13 assists, 16 points, 8 blocked shots
WJC – 5 games, 0 points, 2 PIM, 5 shots, E

Vince Hinostroza, F – Notre Dame
22 games, 3 goals, 14 assists, 17 points, 20 PIM, 5 blocked shots, 1 GWG

Luke Johnson, F – North Dakota
21 games, 4 goals, 6 assists, 10 points, 6 blocked shots

Nick Mattson, D – North Dakota
12 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 points, 15 blocked shots

Sam Jardine, D – Ohio State
16 games, 0 goals, 7 assists, 7 points, 22 blocked shots, 19 PIM

Luc Snuggerud, D – Nebraska-Omaha
22 games, 2 goals, 9 assists, 11 points, 22 blocked shots, 14 PIM

Dylan Sikura, F – Northeastern
14 games,, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points, 2 blocked shots

Matt Tomkins, G – Ohio State
11 games, 4-5-1, .890 save percentage

10 thoughts on “Blackhawks College Prospect Updates

  • January 14, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Looking forward to seeing Schmaltz in person as well as Luke Johnson when north Dakota comes to Omaha next weekend. By all accounts Snuggerud has played very well on the back end for UNO, also.

    Meantime Nick Mattson has been a healthy scratch for NoDak a bunch of times this year which obviously does not bode well for him possibly getting a contract from the Hawks.

  • January 14, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for these UP DATES it this that set this site and you apart from the hum-drum. As a lifelong fan I can barley keep up with all things NHL but now you make me even smarter! Many years ago I attended a game in Montreal and was astounded by the knowledge they had on minor leagues and who should brought up and sent down every fan, even little kids where actually discussing General Manager moves, HONEST, and the forum was very quite compared to loud NHL areas where fans can barely keep up!

    anyway a big thanks from and many on this blog . . . it is appreciated

  • January 14, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    It’s tough to say this kid is better than this kid – JR’s nephew, Calnan, is on an elite BC team and he gets to improve by way of their talenst also.
    Paliotta has come along over his college career by improving his feet.
    The Yale team Freshman Hayden is on is full and smaller players and that changes his role somewhat.
    Motte has jump and skill and talent despite his size.
    First rounder Schmaltz is just starting to figure out his 200 foot game, but clearly has elite hands…you just want commitment and overall play to match that ability.
    Luc Snuggerud was a gambling attack defender who is nicely learning to improve the defensive phases.
    Yeah…the Hawks have some nice kids.

  • January 14, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Hayden is a Sophomore. Id be interested to hear if he’s been playing more wing or center. By his faceoff stats it looks like he’s almost exclusively playing wing. I’ve wondered if Osiecki has tried to convince Hayden into signing early so we don’t have another Hayes incident.

    Paliotta was named one of the 51 players to watch for the Hobey Baker.

  • January 14, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Huge Hayden fan hopefully he keeps progressing. He plays a physical game, he reminds me alot of Troy Brower

  • January 14, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I liked Hayden in the 4 US WJC games I watched. Uses his physicality well – along the boards and in front of the net and he’s got the knack for delivering a good hit. It seemed his first step quickness is lacking and he’s not a top skater. Hopefully he works on those things and then maybe he develops into a player who can make the Hawks someday. The fact he was an alternate captain bodes well too.

    Yeah, Schmaltz and Motte have potential.

    Louis is so tiny. He better develop Johnny Hockey type offense for him to have any shot. He’s got skills but he needs finishing – as in scoring goals and lots of them.

  • January 15, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Anybody else notice that Dillon Fournier is roughly -22 for Indy. That team must be absolutely awful. I have not seen them play, but on numbers alone as well as pp and pk time, it likes former 2nd rounder Justin Holl is their best defenseman.

    I could be totally wrong but yikes what a hot mess.

  • January 15, 2015 at 2:20 am

    We saw Hayden play at world juniors in Lake Placid. He looked pretty good and could be a good PF. I like this guy.

  • January 15, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Hayden has good size and doesn’t mind contact and aggressive play but at this year WJC he looked pretty slow. He is still just a kid but will need to work on his skating for the Pro level. Was impressed by Schmaltz very quick feet and hands

  • January 16, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Fournier is currently -24. One of the worst on that Indy Fuel team. However, they have 1 player that is a plus. And he’s only a plus 1. Brisebois is a -29. I saw a game where Fournier played for the Hogs when they played against the wolves, and he didn’t seem nearly as terrible as stats appear.

    Holl is currently signed to a 1 year AHL contract, both players are former 2nd round picks.

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