Blackhawks: Non-Rockford Prospect Updates

Here are some updates on how the seasons have started for the Blackhawks prospects not playing in Rockford (yet).

First, let’s look at the players not competing in the NCAA this season.

Alexandre Fortin

Alexandre Fortin – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
2 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points

Alex DeBrincat – Erie Otters (OHL)
7 games, 9 goals, 8 assists, 17 points

Graham Knott – Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
7 games, 3 goals, 9 assists, 12 points

Radovan Bondra – Vancouver Giants (WHL)
11 games, 7 goals, 4 assists, 11 points

John Dahlstrom – Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
9 games, 4 goals, 6 assists, 10 points

Artur Kayumov – Loko Yaroslavl (MHL)
10 games, 3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points

Nathan Noel – Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
9 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points

Roy Radke – Barrie Colts (OHL)
8 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points

Mathias From – Rögle BK (SHL)
9 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points


Robin Press – Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
8 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point

Andreas Soderberg – IK Pantern (Allsvenskan)
10 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points

Joni Tuulola – HPK (Liiga)
12 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points

Lucas Carlsson – Brynäs IF (SHL)
4 games, o goals, 1 assist, 1 point

Dennis Gilbert

Now, let’s take a look at how the NCAA prospects are doing to date.


Chris Calnan – Boston College*
3 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points
* – Calnan is the captain at Boston College this season

John Hayden – Yale*
0 games played
* – Hayden is the captain at Yale this season

Anthony Louis – Miami (OH)**
3 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 points
** – Louis is an alternate captain at Miami this season

Fredrik Olofsson – Omaha
1 game, 0 points

Dylan Sikura – Northeastern
4 games, 0 goals, 8 assists, 8 points

Matt Iacopelli – Western Michigan
4 games, 4 goals, 0 assists, 4 points

Beau Starrett – Cornell
0 games played

Jack Ramsey – Minnesota
1 game, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point


Luc Snuggerud – Omaha
2 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point

Dennis Gilbert – Notre Dame
4 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point

Ryan Shea – Northeastern
4 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points

Chad Krys – Boston University
3 games, 0 points

Blake Hillman – Denver
4 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point

Jake Ryczek – Providence
0 games played

27 thoughts on “Blackhawks: Non-Rockford Prospect Updates

  • October 20, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Thx for the report ….

  • October 20, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Thanks, good to know. Wonder if possible to add +/- for defense men.
    Thanks again

  • October 20, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Why is DeBrincat still at Erie? Clearly, he needs to be at a higher level. What’s the point in keeping him there?

  • October 20, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Reggie – Because of his age. He either plays with the Hawks or Junior. He can’t play in the AHL

  • October 20, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Debrincat is stuck at Erie. The NHL and CHL ( the league that houses the OHL, WHL, and QMJHL) have a transfer agreement.

    Prospects must be returned to their junior teams if the player is 18 or 19 and fails to make the nhl roster. An exemption is made for 19 year olds that have completed 4 years of Junior. Had Debrincat completed 4 years of OHL hockey he could be AHL eligible. Had he been drafted out of the USHL or Europe then gone the CHL route he would be AHL eligible.

    The rule is in place to help the CHL teams draw crowds. If all the not quite NHL talent went to the AHL after being drafted fewer people would attend those games. A prospect has never been hurt by spending an extra year in Junior. Prospects have been hurt by turning pro too soon. Once Debrincat’s season is over he is eligible to play some games in Rockford…provided he signs a contract. He went to World Juniors last year. I believe he was suspended to start the tournament but only had 1 goal in 5 games and no assists. So it remains to be seen if he can elevate when the competition is tougher. He also had 25 PIM in those 5 games

  • October 20, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Thx for the updates

  • October 20, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Thanks to Tab for the update and others for the info. Am asking, so if he does not make the Nhl next year would he still be going back to OHL, I think he would, don’t know the math on when started though. I have a good feel about this kid though, I think he has a little Theo Fleury in him, without the issues.

  • October 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Bill, I believe if the player turns 20 prior to December 31st hed be AHL eligible. Fortin turns 20 in February so he had to be returned. Debrincat’s bday is December 18. So next year he would turn 20 prior to December 31.

    I believe he would be AHL eligible. And I believe his contract would slide because he would be 19 as of September 16.

    That’s off of memory so don’t get mad if I’m incorrect

  • October 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Thank you Ernie, do appreciate that. And I do look forward to Fortin and Debrincat being good parts for the Hawks in the near future, maybe next year.

  • October 20, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Fortune seems like he’ll be pushing his way into someones’ lineup next year, he looked very complete. It would if Tab would grade out the “D” men prospects, Rockford and otherwise and maybe a projection or two?

  • October 20, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Fortin – I hate autocorrect!

  • October 20, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Tab loves Dennis Gilbert

  • October 20, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Ernie i believe exception for the is if a player turns 20 between sept. 16 snd dec. 31 his contract doesn t slide

  • October 20, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Sorry i meant exception to the rule and don t think hed be ahl eligible either

  • October 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I guess debrincat would be ahl eligible next year since his 2oth birthday is before end of year sorry about that

  • October 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Ian is correct. Had to look it up. He’s AHL eligible next year but the contract if signed wouldn’t slide.

  • October 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Good to see lots of good stats….

    Hayden will be a very solid pro…
    I hope Hawks dont lose him!!!

    Anybody have eyes on Taylor Radish?

    Debrincat teammate… drafted by tampa
    Around 55th pick… putting up great numbers, and big body…

    Stevie Y… seems to know what he’s doing… anyone actually see him play?

  • October 20, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Wall-Saw him a couple of times last year-played well with Strome, and had a couple of goals one game against Kitchener–to be honest it was the Cat, and Strome that caught your eye last year and of course McDavid the year before.
    He has played with really skilled players in the O and the question is will he translate successfully against NHLers. Can’t deny his size and ability to produce with a very good team.

  • October 21, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I have seen DeBrincat play twice already this season. Both times against the Niagara Ice Dogs. I am totally impressed. He skates well, he reads the ice well, and is not afraid to get involved. He find open spots and has a terrific release. His vision is awesome, he uses his teammates with precise passes. I don’t think his size will be a factor. He plays bigger than he is. A second round steal!
    Graham Knott for the Niagara Ice Dogs is also playing well. His game is much improved from last year. He’s more aggressive , going to the net more in traffic.
    Big body.

  • October 21, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Yes, I have seen Taylor Raddish play a couple times. Big body. Proto type power forward with skill and smarts. Tampa got a good one!

  • October 21, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Thanks guys.

    I attended open practice Thursday-

    Biggest thing I took away-
    Hawks worked more on getting traffic in front of net and deflecting point shots…

    Individually- they also spent a lot of time… after “skating ” part of practice to spend time deflecting/tipping pucks to the net.
    Toews and Hinostroza were very good at it… followed by
    2 X 2

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Hino’s 1st goal isn’t a Deflection

    Worked on PP– and both units were bad… they still don’t have a guy who looks comfortable in the middle of 1-3-1 (tried 72 there too)…

    W/ 81 out
    2nd PP unit- 42,TvR, Schmaltz, Panik,AA

  • October 21, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Looking ahead with prospects on the horizon next years top nine could be pretty skilled could look something like : motte, toews, debrincat and pak line fortin, schmaltz, hossa; awesome

  • October 21, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Ian- you can add John Hayden- as long as he signs… Regardless of points he puts up at Yale this year… I think he has great chance to make team next year or two at most…

    In Prospect camps- he was one of few Hawks who can actually Cycle/win board battles…

    I wouldn’t be surprised- if Hawks Move AA (due to Cap pressure) and Hayden is thrown into starting 2nd/3rd C…. he is pretty responsible, strong player…

    I am assuming 72 is signed for $6M +

  • October 21, 2016 at 9:34 am

    If hayden can step in next year as a 3rd center or better moving AA would make sense and allow you keep krueger for 4th and give u more cap space. With hartman under contract that would be a solid 4th assured. AA would negate the burden that bonuses put on and allow room for pinarin kempny and maybe even darling to sign

  • October 21, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Hayden ?? ….we never had news from the Hawks in the past 2 years…i think he will sign with the Rangers next year …the kid never show interest in playing for the Hawks …i would be surprise to see him play for the Hawks in the Future …
    Motte is playing regular for the Hawks and we dont see him in the news but i think the kids is playing IQ style of Hockey …Forsling is also playing a lot …glad to see some kids growing with the Hawks …
    Debrincat will probably have 60goals and 125 pts this year in OHL …but will not be ready for the Hawks next year ….so probably willplay in Rockford
    Fortin will have a shot next year with the Hawks after playing 30-40 games in Rockford
    Still looking at Schmaltz and Hartman …maybe they can stay with the team iff they listen IQ

  • October 21, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    anyone else hear on Hayden signing or going Free agent next year?

  • October 21, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    All i heard was bowman saying he wanted to return to university and finish his senior year and then he would sign with hawks so till i hear different i assume he will. Vesey on the other hand made it clear he wanted to pursue free agency so any comparison is speculation

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