Blackhawks Prospects Mid-February Updates

On Monday night newly recalled Blackhawks forward Dylan Sikura delivered the lineup to his alma mater before Northeastern won the Bean Pot.

Unfortunately, the excitement Sikura is feeling right now isn’t shared by all of the Hawks’ prospects. Sadly, Luc Snuggerud’s time with the organization has come to an end.

With a lot of young talent coming and the Blackhawks turning things around on the NHL ice, let’s catch up with the crop of prospects who might be part of the next generation in Chicago.


Evan Barratt, F, Penn State
25 games, 15 goals, 22 assists, 37 points

Ian Mitchell, D, Denver
23 games, 3 goals, 13 assists, 16 points

Fredrik Olofsson, F, Omaha
28 games, 10 goals, 20 assists, 30 points

Jake Wise, C, Boston University
12 Games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 2 points

Chad Krys, D, Boston University
19 games, 4 goals, 6 assists, 10 points

Joshua Ess, D, Wisconsin
28 games, 1 goal, 6 assists, 7 points

Parker Foo, F, Union College
24 games, 5 goals, 7 assists, 12 points

Ryan Shea, D Northeastern
27 games, 1 goal, 8 assists, 9 points

Jack Ramsey, F, Minnesota
29 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points

Philipp Kurashev


Adam Boqvist, D, London (OHL)
39 games, 14 goals, 29 assists, 43 points

Brandon Hagel, F, Red Deer (WHL)
50 games, 30 goals, 47 assists, 77 points

Philipp Kurashev, F, Québec (QMJHL)
46 games, 21 goals, 27 assists, 48 points

Nicolas Beaudin, D, Drummondville (QMJHL)
40 games, 7 goals, 40 assists, 47 points

Mikael Hakkarainen, F, Muskegon (USHL)
30 games, 14 goals, 25 assists, 39 points

Josiah Slavin, F
Lincoln (USHL) – 32 games, 10 goals, 17 assists, 27 points
Chicago (USHL) – 6 games, 4 goals, 3 assists, 7 points

MacKenzie Entwistle, F, Hamilton (OHL)
29 games, 15 goals, 12 assists, 27 points

Jake Ryczek, D, Halifax (QMJHL)
37 games, 7 goals, 17 assists, 24 points

Maxim Shalunov


Maxim Shalunov, F, CSKA Moskva (KHL)
51 games, 14 goals, 9 assists, 23 points

Andrei Altybarmakyan, F, HK Sochi (KHL)
36 games, 2 goals, 4 assist, 6 point

Artur Kayumov, F, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
43 games, 5 goals, 8 assists, 13 points

Tim Söderlund, F
Frölunda (SHL) – 26 games, 3 goals, 2 assist, 5 points
Skellefteå (SHL) – 10 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points

John Dahlström, F, IK Oskarshamn (Allsvenskan)
40 games, 4 goals, 7 assists, 11 points

Niklas Nordgren, F, HIFK (Liiga)
15 games, 4 goals, 3 assists, 7 points

Mathias From, F, AIK (Allsvenskan)
38 games, 8 goals, 6 assists, 14 points

Jakub Galvas, D, HC Olomouc (Czech)
37 games, 4 goal, 12 assists, 16 points

20 thoughts on “Blackhawks Prospects Mid-February Updates

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Have to give Bowman credit where credit is due — Kurashev is going to be a fine NHL forward sooner than later. And count me in on Hagel, he will be a contributing NHL forward. Great motor and offensive skill set. Highmore as well, even though he’s out for the year. You can’t teach natural offensive touch, instincts and motors. At worst, one of Hagel or Highmore will be a productive bottom six NHL forward. Possibly both.

    Fair is fair for all the pounding Bowman has taken for his blunders (deservedly so). He gets the accolades here. Delia as well, free agent to NHL solid back up at worst on a gift contract. Good job Bowman.

  • February 12, 2019 at 11:15 am

    With Strome looking more and more like the real deal and Kurashev potentially becoming 3C before too long we’re looking good at center. We could really use a stud prospect on wing though. Kakko would have beeen nice, but we’re playing our way out of a top 5 pick right now.

    Not seeing much upside with our Russian picks. Shalunov’s numbers are way down, Alty hasn’t caught fire yet, and Kayumov’s recent clown act did little to inspire.

    Hagel is intriguing. I have no idea whether he’s the real deal or just another overage guy putting up big numbers.

  • February 12, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Good to see payers there that you can get real excited about seeing in a Blackhawks uniform someday.

  • February 12, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Kurashev and Barratt were scoring very well before the WJC but both of them have slowed down considerably since returning to their teams after the WJC. Entwistle too although he changed teams and missed some games with injury. I still think all 3 of those guys got a good chance at a pro career, hopefully in the NHL at some point, but they have come back down to Earth a bit over the past month or so.

    On the other hand, Boqvist and Beaudin are playing very well and scoring at a good clip with both being over 1 point per game. Both of them play the PP very well and make Gustafsson expendable, if not next year then for sure the year after.

  • February 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Good writeup.

    With Entwhistle, Hagel, Beaudin and Boqvist signed and the first 2 and maybe the last 2 potentially playing in Rockford next year.
    I wonder who else they will sign in the offseason.
    I figure Barratt, Mitchell, Krys as definites. Maybe Olofsson, Soderlund, I believe Kayumov agent said he’s staying another year in Russia,
    Kurashev will be Rockford eligible. His contract will slide for a year but will still count against the 50 limit, like Beaudin and Boqvist(International).
    Maybe Ryan Shea. It will be interesting.

  • February 12, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Hagel… the more video I watch on him… Shaw-Type… excellent IQ, worker, goes to dirty areas… NOT afraid to drop gloves…

    Hagel possesses much better hands/One-timer than both Shaw and Caggs…
    I think – like Shaw did- can play up and down a lot of lines…

    Hilites- don’t really “show” much skating… so i can’t speak on his skating (But he does play on PK, and seems to score some Shorties- so I am guessing at least above average skating- if not very good)

  • February 12, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Is Mitchell a definite sign? I am not convinced and believe he is going to try and became a free agent.

  • February 12, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Nothing is certain Soxfan, but it’s a pretty good bet. He is ready to start his pro career and it’s only the end of his sophomore year. To become a UFA he would have to stick around college and complete his senior season. He is too good for that and it would set him back 2 full years of his pro career where he can be making good money.

    The risky guys are the guys like K Hayes that blossom their senior year, and get a lot of attention only then. The really, really, good players, like Mitchell, are good right out of the gate and no way do they last 4 years in a college program. It would be a waste.

  • February 12, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Holy Hagel, were did he come from.

  • February 12, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Beaudin averaging more than 1 point a game – nice.

    Ryan Hartman stats (GP: 58 G: 9 A: 9 +7 PIM: 42 – leads team)

    I know it’s way early to draw a conclusion, but at this point it looks like a good trade.

  • February 12, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Nalimov 31 save shutout today

  • February 12, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Delia, Seabs and Keith deserved a better result on that 5 on 3. They were great. Boston pretty impressive with their size and speed, and that’s without Pasternak. That 4th line can skate and take the body. Hayden struggling again and not sure why Perlini has absolutely no passion in his play. Too bad.

  • February 12, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Good lesson tonight against a balanced NHL playoff roster playing without their superstar sniper. Sikura, Kahun, and Cagg non factors (smallish tonight) while Hayden (fight earlier in the game if you want to), Forsling, Perlini and Anisimov struggled against the Bruins speed, size and forechecking.
    Bowman and the staff have work to do for next season. Kudos to Keith, Seabs and Kane for their effort.

  • February 12, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    re Hereismike – that’s not correct. Mitchell can leave school whenever he wants and become a UFA.

  • February 12, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    The majority of these prospects will never sniff the NHL. Hagel , Kurashev and Barratt seem like the only prospects that can score, but more than likely will get the same treatment as Sikura and Fortin. Lots of promise but will only get 4th line minutes, then back to Rockford to play top six, then called up again to play 4th line….seriously….why ?? But that’s the Blackhawks way unfortunately.

  • February 13, 2019 at 6:22 am

    If a player is playing University hockey in draft year, drafting team maintains his rights until his class graduates, 4years. If he plays one year elsewhere after being drafted then the drafting team maintains his rights for 2 years or until he leaves University.

  • February 13, 2019 at 9:15 am

    re Tab, actually that is correct. This is from the collective bargaining agreement:

    If a Player drafted at age 18 or 19 is a bona fide college student at the time of his selection in the Entry Draft, or becomes a bona fide college student prior to the first June 1 following his selection in the Entry Draft, and remains a bona fide college student through the graduation of his college class, his drafting Club shall retain the exclusive right of negotiation for his services through and including the August 15 following the graduation of his college class. The Club need not make a Bona Fide Offer to such Player to retain such rights.

    The college player has to play through the graduation of his college class to become a free agent. He could cut a year off of this if he spent a year in the USHL for example before going to college but that is not the case with Mitchell.

  • February 13, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Good work Tab.

    I got a good feeling about Hagel. Can sense the Shawzer cheese there.

    So when do we need to worry about Mitch jumping ship or he mans up (Hayes, ha) and stays in the fight.

  • February 13, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Mitchell wants to sign with the Hawks and get to the NHL as fast as possible, that’s what he is saying publicly. He will be in Rockford as soon as DUs season is over.

    Krys on the other hand has not really asserted himself on a weak Boston University team. Perhaps he will be a better pro, but I think Carlsson, Gilbert, Beaudin are way ahead of him. Add to that Keokkuk looks like a player, as does Dahlstrom. He has a long way to go to get in the conversation.

  • February 14, 2019 at 10:03 am

    ICEMAN – if someone beats you to near death do you simply forgive him? Bowman is a bum who has destroyed whatever this team once was and he should be shown the door and not forgiven. He has displayed poor hockey judgement at best and guaranteed he will screw thing up again and again.

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