Blackhawks Prospects Headed To College

Since Stan Bowman took over as the general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, the organization has consistently used draft picks on players headed to college. Indeed, this summer was the first time since Bowman assumed the GM role that the Hawks didn’t take at least three players with college commitments. Twice over the last six Drafts, Bowman used a first round pick on a player headed to college (Kevin Hayes in 2010, Nick Schmaltz in 2014).

Last year, we tracked some key Blackhawks prospects as they played college hockey. Two of those players – defenseman Mike Paliotta and forward Vince Hinostroza – signed with the Hawks in the spring. And, as this summer has progressed, only one of the two remains with the organization; Paliotta was part of the trade sending Brandon Saad to Columbus.

Let’s look ahead to the 2015-16 season and which college campuses the Blackhawks will have prospects playing at this year.

Nick Schmaltz, F – North Dakota
2014 NHL Draft – 1st round (20th overall)

John Hayden

John Hayden, F – Yale
2013 NHL Draft – 3rd round (74th overall)

Tyler Motte

Tyler Motte, F – Michigan
2013 NHL Draft – 4th round (121st overall)

Chris Calnan

Chris Calnan, F – Boston College
2012 NHL Draft – 3rd round (79th overall)

Luke Johnson UND

Luke Johnson, F – North Dakota
2013 NHL Draft – 5th round (134th overall)

Anthony Louis

Anthony Louis, F – Miami (Ohio)
2013 NHL Draft – 6th round (181st overall)

Fredrik Olofsson, F – Nebraska-Omaha
2014 NHL Draft – 4th round (98th overall)

Matt Iacopelli, F – Western Michigan
2014 NHL Draft – 3rd round (83rd overall)

Beau Starrett, F – Cornell
2014 NHL Draft – 3rd round (88th overall)

Luc Snuggerud, D – Nebraska-Omaha
2014 NHL Draft – 5th round (141st overall)

Sam Jardine, D – Ohio State
2011 NHL Draft – 6th round (169th overall)

Dylan Sikura, F – Northeastern
2014 NHL Draft – 6th round (178th overall)

Jack Ramsey, F – Minnesota
2014 NHL Draft – 7th round (208th overall)

Dennis Gilbert, D – Notre Dame
2015 NHL Draft – 3rd round (91st overall)

11 thoughts on “Blackhawks Prospects Headed To College

  • July 14, 2015 at 8:20 am

    I believe Fredrik Olofsson is going to Nebraska-Omaha this fall, after playing in the USHL the last couple years.

  • July 14, 2015 at 10:52 am

    It will be interesting to see if the Hawks lose any more prospects a la Kevin Hayes with the heavy college focus. My understanding is that if the draft choice doesn’t sign four years after their draft they can become free agents. I believe the prospects at risk after this season are Sam Jardine, Chris Calnan and Matt Tomkins.

  • July 14, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I think you’ll see the Blackhawks striking earlier like they did with Vinny H.

    Tomkins is ordinary at best, Calnan thus far hasn’t developed like they’d hope, Jardine is a depth guy. As of now, none of those three are critical.

  • July 14, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Although just to clarify MS it’s four years after the draft but if a guy is still in college like Calnan, he’d have to formally de-enroll from the school, like Mike Reilly just did. It would kind of telegraph his intentions.

    I imagine all three of those guys will go all four years (Jardine is a sr. this yr. anyway) since none have really stood out in college.

    Jardine is sure making a mark at prospect camp though, stuck up for a teammate and started a fight this morning. That’ll get a guy noticed.

  • July 14, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    SB kind of went away from the college bound draftees this year picking two prospects from the OHL and three Europeans. Seems like the Hawks really like Swedish defenseman which is not a problem maybe will get another Hjalmarson.

  • July 14, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Roy Radke (6th round pick this year) with a hat trick in this morning’s red-white intrasquad game.

  • July 14, 2015 at 2:48 pm


    I agree with your assessment of the 3 guys I mentioned. It is, however, an added risk when dealing with college players. Hopefully a year from now we won’t be talking about the possibility of losing either Hayden or Motte.

  • July 14, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    To Tab or anybody else that might have read a blogger named John Jaeckel, wondering how credible he is, and no I am not Jaeckel. Also with talk of expansion, wondering if that would be next year 2016-2017, and also if somehow that plays into any Hawks plans in determining any length of contracts they sign, or any other ramifications perhaps, with a expansion draft involved, possibly 2 teams coming.

  • July 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    As Hof mentioned on another article Hayden is a guy Hawks fans need to keep an eye on for resigning. He’s come along way since being drafted and is 20 now entering his Jr year. Don’t be shocked if he puts together a solid season and doesn’t sign. He wants his Yale degree and seriously who could blame him a degree from Yale is extremely valuable.

    @ Bill

    Jaeckel has shown to be a less then credible source for any insight, just a guy banging away on his keyboards , take it w a gain of salt.

  • July 14, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you Tab and southside.

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