Blackhawks College Prospect Updates: Thanksgiving Update

We haven’t checked in with the Blackhawks college prospects in a while, so in advance of Thanksgiving let’s update their performances to date. With trade rumors beginning to pick up, it’s a good time to remember that there are quality reinforcements coming from recent draft classes.

First, a couple links:

  • This morning, Scott Powers at The Athletic provided a terrific profile of Dylan Sikura, the Hawks’ top college prospect. (Yes, there’s a paywall. If you haven’t subscribed to The Athletic yet you’re missing out.)
  • Earlier this month, the Denver Post profiled Denver defenseman Ian Mitchell, pointing out that he has replaced 2017 Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher on the defending national champion Pioneers’ blue line.


Dylan Sikura, F, Northeastern University
10 games, 6 goals, 9 assists, 15 points, 5 blocked shots

Fredrik Olofsson, F, Omaha
10 games, 2 goals, 5 assists, 7 points, 8 blocked shots

Beau Starrett, F, Cornell University
8 games, 0 goals, 5 assists, 5 points, 4 blocked shots

Jack Ramsey, F, University of Minnesota
14 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points, 12 blocked shots

Evan Barratt, F, Penn State University* (2017 pick)
9 game, 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points, 3 blocked shots

Parker Foo, F, Union College* (2017 pick)
13 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points, 4 blocked shots

Liam Coughlin, F, University of Vermont
11 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 1 point, 6 blocked shots


Ian Mitchell, D, University of Denver* (2017 pick)
12 games, 0 goals, 11 assists, 11 points (10 power play assists)

Blake Hillman, D, University of Denver
12 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points

Dennis Gilbert, D, Notre Dame
12 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points, 21 blocked shots

Chad Krys, D, Boston University
14 games, 2 goals, 9 assists, 11 points, 19 blocked shots

Ryan Shea, D, Northeastern University
12 games, 1 goal, 8 assists, 9 points, 18 blocked shots

Jake Massie, D, University of Vermont
13 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points, 23 blocked shots

Joshua Ess, D, University of Wisconsin* (2017 pick)
15 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points, 18 blocked shots

Jake Ryczek, D, Providence College
2 games, 0 points

9 thoughts on “Blackhawks College Prospect Updates: Thanksgiving Update

  • November 22, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Sikura was selected to play on Canada’s team in a pre-Olympic tournament but I believe he had an injury and didn’t play in any games – it’s why he missed a couple Northeastern games. I think he’s played in 2 Northeastern games since coming back and has only 1 assist – so he may not be back to 100% yet.

  • November 22, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Hopefully they get sikura signed up after his season is done.
    I wonder if anyone else will be signed after this season from the college ranks.
    Olofsson,Gilbert and Hillman maybe. Krys? Seems like starrett can use another year but his size is intriguing.
    Great to see Mitchell,Krys and shea putting up some points.

  • November 22, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Gilbert’s numbers have taken a hit.

    Sikura’s favorite team was the Hawks growing up. It was also his fathers favorite team. And it was also his grandfathers favorite team because his grandfather came from Slovakia. And at that time the Hawks had a pretty good Slovak named Stan Mikita. He’ll get signed

  • November 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    The Hawks signing Sikura’s brother and him playing in Rockford doesn’t hurt the situation either.

    I know this is college prospects, but in addition to Mitchell, Shea, Krys, Gilbert and other d-men prospects in the system – there are also several other very promising prospect d-men in the Hawks system – Jokiharju at WHL/Portland, Carlsson at SHL/Brynas, and Tuulola at Liiga/Sport – plus the guys already playing pro in Rockford like Snuggerud.

    Jokiharju is having an outstanding start to the season with 26 points in 20 games and he won’t even be 19 until next summer. He’s 3rd in d-man scoring in the WHL with the 2 guys in front of him being a year older.

  • November 23, 2017 at 1:40 am

    I would expect carlsson to sign. Jokiharju also with the ability to send him down back to the chl. Tuulola honestly no clue about him. But I believe they have one more year if they want to commit a contract to him, Before they lose his rights.
    I believe the only person they lose rights to is 5rd pick d man Andreas soderberg.
    Bur with Svedberg ufa. Raddysh and press ahl free agents Gustafsson and Pokka restricted free agents. It should be an interesting ahl demn situation

  • November 23, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Jokiharju has 2 goals 12pts and the second less penalized on the team with 4 min in 21 games,so the kid stays on the ice to play Hockey. I know it doesn’t mean nothing to some hockey fans but the kid is at + 29 .
    So far so good ..let see if he can play at the next level.
    I Wish him to become the next Hawks top 2 ;)

  • November 23, 2017 at 11:14 am

    2010 agree that Jokiharju is a dark horse candidate for big league roster from what he has showed so far this season in jrs. I mentioned that in another post. Goalie Nalmikov is being almost unbeatable in khl this season, appears to be just blooming now a common trend for goalies.

  • November 23, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Ian found his bio-but it’s Nalimov

  • November 24, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Sorry just going from a memory thats not what it used to be.

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