Blackhawks Prospects Make ESPN Top 100

On Tuesday, ESPN released Corey Pronman’s top 100 NHL prospects heading into the 2014-15 season. Three Hawks made the list, with a fourth coming up just short.

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Forward Nick Schmaltz, the Hawks’ first round pick this summer, made the “honorable mention” list. Here’s what Pronman had to say about the three prospects who made his list.

12. Teuvo Teräväinen, C

“Teräväinen had a very impressive 19-year-old season, with a dominant performance in the under-20 camp in August 2013, a strong January, when he led the WJC in scoring, and an impressive spring, when he went on a lengthy run of accumulating points. His vision is off the charts, and when he gets the puck on the power play, it’s just a matter of time before a scoring chance is created.”

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66. Ryan Hartman, RW

“Hartman’s statistical production hasn’t been too impressive, but he impresses regularly on a scouting level. He’s small, but a high-energy and hard-nosed type of forward who can check good players. Hartman has a pretty good skill level as well, and showed the ability at the WJC to be a dangerous scoring forward.”

85. Adam Clendening, D

“Clendening has earned many accolades, and put up a ton of points at every level, but he’s yet to do the most important thing: Play an NHL game. That’s partially due to the Blackhawks’ organizational depth on the blue line, though this is a key campaign for him. In terms of puck skills, vision and overall offensive IQ, Clendening is among the top in the AHL, and projects as a potential top power-play quarterback.”


18 thoughts on “Blackhawks Prospects Make ESPN Top 100

  • August 12, 2014 at 11:06 am

    So which Hawks prospect just missed the cut?

  • August 12, 2014 at 11:59 am

    ER, Nick Schmaltz was an honorable mention (just outside the top 100)

  • August 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Will there be a future line of Morin/Ross, Shaw and Hartman?

    Seems like Hartman and Shaw would be tough duo to pair together…and everything people say about Ross seems in line with that kind of game too.

    Or will Shaw be traded by then?

  • August 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I am on the Hartman bandwagon as a future regular Blackhawk. Just the type of player we need on the 3d line. The Hawks should be outstanding for the next few years. The top 2 lines are locked up (includes TT) while the system is LOADED with good 3d and 4th line interchangeable parts. SB should be able to manage the cap for 3-4 years from the bottom 6 and stay very competitive.

    On defense, pretty much the same, maybe not as deep. SB should still remain competitive with 4, 5 and 6 being interchangeable

  • August 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Your analysis is exactly right Mike…and I think that some of the abundant 3rd and 4th line prospects will become top 6 players after a couple of years in the show…its a loaded organization.

  • August 12, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Hartman is viewed as the heir apparent to Shaw before Shaw gets expensive. Danault is in the same light but he’d take Kruger’s spot. At least that’s the way I see it.

  • August 13, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Its great that the hawks have so many kids so close to making it. Teuvu, McNeil, Ross, Hartman, Hayden all look like nhlers. Carey might be a real bonus and those are just the forwards.

    I would think dahlbeck, because he wasn’t a Black Ace instead was on the roster for the playoffs is the first guy to be on the roster on the back end. Clendening and johns really cannot be far behind. I think it’s safe to say oduya will walk as a Ufa after 2014-15, roszival might be waived after training camp this fall, to get cap relief.

    Bottom line, the hawks are going to need these prospects to play.

  • August 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I am somewhat surprised, and even disappointed, that with all of the comments and enthusiasm within the organization about the strength of our prospects that the Blackhawks have only 3 in the top 100. None in the top 10 and only one in the top 60 certainly does not suggest we have the strength and depth in the pipeline that will be required to be a top team over the next 5 years and beyond.

    Hopefully ESPN’s list is not reflective of the true state of prospects around the league. Otherwise with our cap challenges it is not clear to me how we can expect to consistently contend in the years to come.

  • August 13, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Smitty, I would not worry about what ESPN says when it comes to the NHL or hockey in general. Defense men, unless they score just a ton of goals in amateur play, don’t get the recognition.

    That said, the Hawks have a top end prospect in TT. They also have a few guys who project to be top 6 in time. But the Hawks real strength is in the middle, right where it needs to be at this time.

    Without a top 20 pick in the last few years it is not easy to get the cream of the prospects. A good eye and development makes this organization go. Saad, Kruger, Shaw, Smith…..none were “top” prospects, but they make the Hawks strong and deep. With our top 6 and top 3 on D locked in for a while (of course there will be tweaks), we need solid bottom 6 and bottom 3 NHL players. The guys in our system look like they will fill those needs very well.

  • August 13, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I have watched Hartman since high school at Dundee. Have said it before, this is the guy to watch. I promise results from this kid.

  • August 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    re: Smitty’s pessimism – check out’s top 10 Hawks prospects today. VERY telling statement in the intro text:

    “We target players in the draft that fit the criteria we’re looking for,” Blackhawks director of amateur scouting Mark Kelley told “In our meetings it’s one voice, and whether it’s coming from Stan or myself, it’s the same message.”

    The Hawks wants guys who fit specific roles and play their style of game. If guys like Pronman only see 3 of their prospects among the 100 “best” in the NHL, so be it. But I’ll take Johns over just about any defenseman on that list without hesitation.

  • August 13, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I think Hartman can turn into a legit top 6 forword . Shaw has limited touch and shooting in my opinion. But excels around the net. Hartman imo can be more of a sniper then grinder. Think steve thomas, or tony amonte minus the elite speed

  • August 13, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I think Hartman has been pegged as a grinder and he absolutely plays an agitator but I think some are selling his offense short. He can flat out shoot with a heavy shot and quick release.

  • August 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Jax- gotta agree on Hartman… just watching him at Pro camp last year and World for USA… he really is in the right spot most of the time – mostly because his IQ- but seems to be a better than average skater… good hands… (very similar to Shaw)… I am also pretty excited about Hino and Motte… these guys have very high IQ’s… Hino- is probably the most nifty/shifty skating wise (but least physical)…

    Lastly- Just watching WJ/Finland and couple of games of TT… Great IQ/instincts…
    AND was really Impressed by his Positioning/Stick D side (yes- he won’t win a physical battle… BUT- the kid was always in the RIGHT spot)… I always thought he played like a “rookie/mini” Datsyuk… and read the Hawks site where TT’s Bio said his favorite player to watch is Datsyuk!!! If he can be 75% of Datsyuk- the Hawks have a very solid player!!!

  • August 14, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Great read. Thanks for the link Tab. I love that Mark Kelley says the Hawks are patient with their prospects. While that s obvious to all of us die hard hawk fans, it is incredibly important.

    I still remember back in 1997 when the hawks opening night roster had like 4 or 5 rookies, if I remember correctly : Dan clearly, Ty jones, Remi Royer and Ethan Moreau, Christian Laflamme. Other than Moreau, None of those kids was really close to ready. As a result they did not develop properly and flamed out of the organization very quickly.

    One of the toughest things to do is “redevelop” a kid after he has lost his confidence, been rushed to the NHL and then a team tries to rebuild him in the ahl. By that time so many others prospects who are developing the proper way have passed them by.

  • August 14, 2014 at 9:25 am

    A couple of yrs ago we had 5 (hockey prospectus) 11-Teravainen, 30-Saad, 50-Pirri, 63-Neiller, 90-Morin. Right now we just have more 3&4 liners then top6ers, but that is what we need for now/yrs.

  • August 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Right now we have 1 Top 6 prospect… TT… but we have 3 guys locked in to the “future” Top 6 spots (19,88,20) Then Bick is the “6th man” and you are left with 1 open spot.

    We dont need 5 “top 6” prospects… we wouldnt have room for them… so if Hayden or Schmaltz hit as top 6 guys we are set… we dont need any other “top 100” guys… id rather have “3 top 100 and 10 in the top 200” than “5 in the top 100 and only 6 in the top 200…”
    We have prospect depth… lots of good guys who will be nhlers… even if they arent the “top prospects”

  • August 15, 2014 at 1:19 am

    Interesting to see wha happens on defense come this fall :

    Dahlbeck, Clendening,Svedberg, johns, Cumiskey, Miskovic, Brisbois. There is Rockford’s top 7 barring a trade of leddy or oduya.

    Van riemsdyk, Fournier, Holl, Gotovets are first year pros. I guess all 4 would be ticketed for echl, Indy.

    Furthermore, rundblad seems to be the number 7 going into hawk camp. But what if steady dahlbeck or Clendening clearly outplay him.? Then rundblad gets placed on waivers. Does he wind up in Rockford or does some team claim him?

    I would think there will be at least one “surprise” in training camp.

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