Blackhawks Organization Ranked High By Hockey Prospectus

In the last couple weeks, has released their organizational rankings for the entire NHL, as well as the top prospects in each organization.

The Blackhawks ranked 5th overall in the NHL.

Here is what Hockey Prospectus said about the Blackhawks:

The Blackhawks had an elite level of depth prior to the 2011 draft, and then they went on and had one of the best hauls of any team. Marcus Kruger has really emerged into a top-end prospect, Jeremy Morin took a notable step forward despite injuries, and Brandon Pirri did fine despite being very young for the AHL. Beyond those names, the Hawks have a large amount of players with pro prospects in their system. Losing a prospect like Ivan Vishnevskiy to Russia would usually hurt, but it barely caused a blip in this system’s depth.

And here are the top 10 prospects in the Hawks organization, according to Hockey Prospectus.

1. Marcus Kruger, Center
2. Jeremy Morin, Left Wing
3. Mark McNeill, Center
4. Brandon Pirri, Center
5. Kyle Beach, Left Wing
6. Shawn Lalonde, Defense
7. Jimmy Hayes, Right Wing
8. Dylan Olsen, Defense
9. Brandon Saad, Left Wing
10. Kevin Hayes, Left Wing

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7 thoughts on “Blackhawks Organization Ranked High By Hockey Prospectus

  • July 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    When Dylan Olsen is ranked 10th in your own organization, you know you are doing something right…

  • July 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Dylan Olsen is underrated on this list.

  • July 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Looking at the list, Detroit has always done a great job of finding talent in Europe and it has obviously paid off very well. Judging from the names, it looks like only one of the names mentioned in the article likely came from the US/Canada.

    I’m guessing that talented youth from Europe would love a chance to play for the NHL and the money it pays but it doesn’t appear any teams, aside from Detroit, concertedly draw from that talent pool. I’m not familiar with what it entails, but I’m curious why the Hawks can’t/don’t do a better job of drawing from the young talent there?

  • July 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Tre- I think about 7-8 of these prospects are from US/ Canada. But this list is something to be excited about.

  • July 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Hey BennyO, You missed my point. I’m not talking about the Hawks. Judging from the names that are not Anglo, it looks like 8 of Detroit’s top prospects are coming from Europe.

    The Detroit Red Wings Top 10 Prospects

    1. Gustav Nyquist, Right Wing (Probably a Swede)
    2. Tomas Tatar, Left Wing (Slovakian)
    3. Calle Jarnkrok, Center (Swedish?)
    4. Brendan Smith, Defense (US or Canada)
    5. Adam Almqvist, Defense (maybe North American, but guessing from Sweden)
    6. Teemu Pulkkinen, Right Wing (Finnish)
    7. Riley Sheahan, Center (US or Canada)
    8. Tomas Jurco, Right Wing* (Czech or Slovak???)
    9. Alexei Marchenko, Defense (Russian)
    10. Jan Mursak, Right Wing (Swede?)

    They do a great job of bringing in talent from overseas. Looking at the prospects from the lists posted, it doesn’t look like any team besides Detroit has more than 2 names from Europe.

    I was just wondering why Detroit was so much better at finding talent from overseas compared to the rest of the league. There’s a lot of talent there to draw from and it may benefit the Hawks to make an effort to bring some over.

  • July 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Does anyone else think Beach’s days are likely numbered considering who Bowman signed and drafted?

  • July 24, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    My bad Tre.

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