Blackhawks Prospects Impressive As NCAA Season Starts

Friday night was a strong statement for the Blackhawks’ NCAA prospects.

Notre Dame freshman Dennis Gilbert got off to a great start in his college debut, scoring twice for the Fighting Irish. The Hawks’ third round pick (#91) in 2015, Gilbert made The Hockey News‘ list of top NCAA prospects.

Boston College forward Chris Calnan also scored to open the season. The Hawks’ third round pick (#79) in 2012, Calnan is beginning his junior year after posting 16 points in 37 games as a sophomore.

Also on Friday night:

  • North Dakota, ranked fourth in the country, won their second game of the season on Friday night. Forward Nick Schmaltz picked up an assist for the second time in as many games.
  • Omaha defeated Minnesota State 3-2, and both Chicago prospects had a point for the winners. Forward Fredrik Olofsson and defenseman Luc Snuggerud each had an assist in the first period of the victory.
  • Western Michigan picked up their first win of the season, but forward Matheson Iacopelli was held without a point.
  • Miami (OH) lost their season opener and forward Anthony Louis was held without a point as well.

13 thoughts on “Blackhawks Prospects Impressive As NCAA Season Starts

  • October 10, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Tab, great job getting this update posted along with the Blackhawks wrap up. Hey, if your buddy Dennis Gilbert has more games like that he’ll get traded sooner than later … I kid, I kid.

  • October 10, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Also an obligatory shout out to the Ice Hogs who won their season opener in San Jose. 4-2 winner with three point nights from both Tanner Kero and Jeremy Morin. Kero with two goals, one on an assist from Marko Dano. Wall’s buddy Rasmussen with a short handed goal, assist from Kero. Leighton in net and Hinostroza added an assist on Morin’s goal.

  • October 10, 2015 at 9:50 am

    fwiw– I think Gilbert/ND were playing a much younger CHL/Guelph team…
    but- 2 g’s and 2 a’s is still good!!!

    Hof- I like the name RasMOOSE-n more than the player…

    The player(s) I like down there on the farm… is Hino, Dano

    Paille- didn’t play??? Hof- do you know why???

    One only hopes- they don’t want him hurt- before they exchange him for Bickell (who we ironically WANT to get hurt!!!)

  • October 10, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Morin- would be a better LW w/ TT/Tikho or Dano versus Bickell!!!

    and Morin would fit well with those guys… those 3 are responsible D forwards who like to pass as much as shoot… Morin- just wants to shoot!!!

    I will wait for Rufus to chime in on Morin now… not a Morin fan- Just the lesser of two evils

  • October 10, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Look at the career paths of Morin and Bickell. What age did Bickell finally break through. I think both need to play a similar game to be effective. Lots of similarities.

  • October 10, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I do not know why Paille didn’t play but was told by a friend who saw the game that Ryan Haggerty had a good outing – did not show up on the scoresheet but was aggressive and disruptive on the forecheck. The goalie Visentin was out ill so Mac Carruth was called up to back up Leighton. Morin’s goal was a shot he buried into the open side of the net after a nice no look backhand pass from Vinny H.

    Nice effort for the first game. This is another team that will need time to gel – they didn’t get a lot of practice time in before starting the season (training camp is short for the AHL) and they lost a day of practice due to flying out to California.

  • October 10, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I grew up with Dennis Gilbert’s father in Tonawanda, NY. He was a fabulous athlete and went to St. Joe’s. I spoke with a guy this past summer who coached the younger Gilbert whom the Hawks drafted. He thinks the kid is a stud who has been on track for a great college and pro career since he was in his early teens. So the buzz about Dennis Gilbert in the Buffalo area is very very positive.

  • October 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Craig N- thx for info…

    the kid has to be very good athlete and probably pretty smart to play QB

  • October 10, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Craig, yes, some of the buzz after the draft were Sabres fnas who were miffed they didn’t take him. That’s really quite a hockey town and has been for eons. They know the game and IMO the city gets a bad rap … lots of really good inexpensive restaurants there, love that Elmwood Village area. As good as the wings are at Anchor Bar, the beef on weck there was the best we had in the city. Went to a joint on the main drag in East Aurora where the wings were fantastic too. Great burgers at Cole’s on Elmwood Ave., Louie’s Hot Dogs, the list goes on …

  • October 10, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Bar-Bill Tavern, East Aurora, NY was the place … Anchor Bar had Genesee Cream Ale on draught … oh yeah

  • October 10, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Good memories Hof. I spent many a night at Cole’s. In fact, I was in there one Tuesday night when in walked some of the Detroit Red Wings who were playing the Sabres the next night. Ray Sheppard was double fisting & had 2 more beers in his trench coat pockets. My buddy bought a rum on the rocks and walked it over and handed it to Bob Probert. Probert just looked at him took the drink and set it next to him and mumbled thanks. 5 minutes later somebody from the Wings entourage walked back to us with the drink and said – “here, Bob can’t have this”.

    Great food in Buffalo for sure – Duff’s wings on Sheridan Drive = fantastic.
    La Nova pizza, Ted’s Hot Dogs, Anderson’s Roast Beef – all great stuff.

  • October 10, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Wall – you really rooting for Bicks to get hurt? I’ll be the first to agree that the guy is dead weight on our team and the cap, but let’s not wish harm upon the guy, he’s done a lot for us and the hockey community and deserves better.

  • October 10, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Freeze- Guess I am being selfish… LTIR – 29 and the Hawks save a lot more money – I think

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