Earlier today, we provided statistical updates on the Blackhawks’ impressive group of prospects.
As the conversation continues to look ahead to the expansion draft and summer free agency, the Blackhawks have plenty of decisions to make. With that in mind, it’s worth taking a moment to look at their contract obligations beyond the 2016-17 season.
The following prospects* (players not currently in Chicago) are signed through at least the 2017-18 season:
Tyler Motte – AHL
Vinnie Hinostroza – AHL
Kyle Baun – AHL
Luke Johnson – AHL
Alex DeBrincat – Jr
Matthew Highmore – Jr
Graham Knott – Jr
Alexandre Fortin – Jr
Gustav Forsling – AHL
Carl Dahlstrom – AHL
Viktor Svedberg – AHL
Robin Norell – AHL
Jeff Glass – AHL
The following players are restricted free agents in the Blackhawks’ system:
The Blackhawks still own the rights to Maxim Shalunov, who has become the unicorn of Chicago prospect discussions. It has been six years since the Hawks drafted Shalunov, but he has matured into an intriguing prospect – who might want to play for the Blackhawks at some point. When his KHL season ends he’ll be a name to watch.
From the 2016 NHL Draft, the Hawks have already signed a deal with Graham Knott. Dennis Gilbert and Ryan Shea are in college, so their rights are under control until they decide to leave school. But Radovan Bondra, Roy Radke, Joni Tuulola and John Dahlstrom will all be in the mix for a contract this summer as they are two years removed from being selected.
It’s worth considering that the Hawks may offer a contract to Nathan Noel, a fourth round pick in 2016, this summer as well. He is currently playing with newly-signed Highmore with Saint John.
Among the Blackhawks’ college prospects, John Hayden, Anthony Louis and Chris Calnan are seniors. Chicago will need to make a decision on the three of them this year. We would expect Hayden to be in Rockford quickly after Yale’s season ends.
Other possible players to leave the college ranks this year include Dylan Sikura, Matt Iacopelli and Luc Snuggerud. Gilbert is having a strong stretch of play lately for Notre Dame, but may return to South Bend for another year.
Unrestricted free agents not on the current NHL roster: Mac Carruth, Martin Lundberg, Brandon Mashinter, Lars Johansson and Pierre-Cedric Labrie.