Blackhawks Prospects Set For NCAA Season

Over the last few years, college prospects have made a major impact on the Blackhawks. Since the end of February, the Hawks have signed Vince Hinostroza, Kyle Baun, Tanner Kero, Mike Paliotta and Nolan Valleau from the NCAA ranks, and the organization has some of its top prospects headed back to college this season. Defenseman Sam Jardine also left Ohio State early, and has signed an AHL contract with the IceHogs.

Here’s a reminder of where the Hawks’ top prospects are playing their college hockey this year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Liam Coughlin, F – Vermont
Acquired via trade from EDM for G Anders Nilsson

19 thoughts on “Blackhawks Prospects Set For NCAA Season

  • October 6, 2015 at 11:32 am

    In case anyone’s wondering what year these guys are in college:

    Nick Schmaltz: Sophomore
    John Hayden: Junior
    Tyler Motte: Junior
    Fredrick Olafsson: Freshman
    Chris Calnan: Junior
    Luke Johnson: Junior
    Anthony Louis: Junior
    Matt Iacopelli: Freshman
    Beau Starrett: Freshman
    Luc Snuggerud: Sophomore
    Dylan Sikura: Sophomore
    Jack Ramsey: Freshman
    Dennis Gilbert: Freshman
    Liam Coughlin: Freshman

  • October 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    So Junior is 3rd year, right ?
    Does that mean those 5 are all most likely going Pro next year ?

  • October 6, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Yes Junior is third year. Anyone see any of those juniors at training camp and if they could make the jump to Indy or Rockford next year?

    Looks like Svedberg was sent to Rockford is that to allow Rosival to go LTIR and then bring him back or is there a move coming?

  • October 6, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Mike Reilly sent down by the Wild.

  • October 6, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Ernice, thanks for the Reilly update, was wondering about that.

    As for the college juniors, the Blackhawks plan to be more aggressive getting some of these guys signed early, i.e. after soph/jr. years so they don’t face that looming free agency issue like Hayes and to a lessor extent Paliotta.

    It will all depend if they think a player is ready, example being Hinostroza. But there were already a few hints dropped about Nick Schmaltz if he has a good year at North Dakota this year, so just because a guy is in “x” year doesn’t mean they will or won’t get signed.

    Really too soon to tell on many of those listed, the good news for their contract situation is there are no seniors who have to be signed. Performances this year will tell a lot – some guys emerge and others never progress.

  • October 6, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    It will be interested to see how these college kids continue to develop, the Hawks and Stan have put a premium on college skaters and those drafts are now starting to bare fruit.

    Interesting about Reilly, I would assume very similar situation to Dano

  • October 6, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I wish the NCAA would change the rules. Allow prospects to sign and just not pay them until after they’ve graduated.

  • October 6, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Mike Reilly made a crappy decision going there. They’re deep on D with good players. It’s their strength.
    They might move somebody in time, so he’ll have the chance to gain a place, but he’s already 23. How much can he wait ?
    Now I’m not saying ‘come to the Hawks’ which would have been nice. But there are other top teams with clear D needs and open spaces. Like the Stars, Blue Jackets, even Flyers or Penguins.
    Then again… come to the Hawks. You’re going against Rundbland for the 6th D spot. It’s a gift. Take it.

  • October 6, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    DD there’s 4 years of college unless you’re John Belushi and then there are 7.
    Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior. So the 5 juniors aren’t necessarily going pro next spring/summer, they may decide to play all four years at their colleges.

    Guys can sign early, i.e. leave school early like Hinostroza did and the Blackhawks are increasingly taking this path with players they really like. It’s really on a case by case basis/

  • October 6, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    The Swedes and Motte hold the most intrigue for me of this list. Just don’t see the appeal of Schmaltz, at least not to this stage in his young amateur career.

  • October 6, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Rufus- I agree – Motte and I will add – Olofsson seem like better fits for the Hawks system over Schmaltz- ( hope I am wrong on Schmaltz- but I don’t see the speed/skating)

    I was right on Hino- said years ago – that he is better than both Danault and Mcneill, Pirri etc.

    Luke Johnson- another guy to watch to see if he can take the next step… really smart, plays the game right, decent skater, hope he breaks out.

  • October 6, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    was at practice today…

    thoughts: Svedberg is starting to grow on me… actually seems to be improving every time I see him… still worry about his ability to react to get back on D…

    But that Mother “F’er” is huge/long/ and if supported well- can really be used as a weapon to stand people up at Blue line… actually was impressed.

    Tikhonov– he is a great skater, fluid, smooth… skinny/weak on boards… but beautiful skater… in today’s game of speed… gotta think this guy will be in the line up – sooner than later.

    Luv Garbutt

    TvR- like the kid- but his shot is TERRIBLE

    Darling “Un-officially” let up twice as many goals as Crow!!! (most drills are 2 on 1 or 3 on 2 , 3 on 0 “fast break” drills… fwiw

    several short shift type scrimmages–
    4th line versus 1st line – pretty even play- might even give the possession time victory to 4th line… just goes to show you how good they are!!!

  • October 7, 2015 at 7:06 am

    wall – did they practice PK ? I’m wondering about the D pairings on the PK.

  • October 7, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Let’s see how Hinostroza does in the pro game before anyone declares how right they were.

  • October 7, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Tyler Motte is a Desjardins type player – do the math on the timing of Motte’s arrival and the expiration of Desjardins’ contract.

    Snuggerud is actually one of their best prospects and is well worth following. He won’t get a lot of press on the prospect lists but he skates like the wind and thinks the game really well.

  • October 7, 2015 at 10:18 am

    DumDum-No PK practice

    Hof- what are your thoughts/opinions on Hino’s performance in Pre-season games… I thought he was very good/noticeable/ skating was quick/vision +— looks like a Hawk player to me…

    bottom line- as an example: Pirri can score 20 g’s and Hino 10 g’s… I still see Hino as much better “fit” for how Hawks are playing

  • October 7, 2015 at 10:22 am

    DumDum- to add:

    the 5 on 5 shifts/scrimmages… seemed to be aimed more on How Q wanted the team to position/Forecheck and how he wanted the Forwards to position themselves thru the neutral zone…

    Q stopped the shift/scrimmages 2 or 3 times… to correct Garbutt and Panarin on different shifts/lines to “where” to be in positioning primarily on the Forecheck.

  • October 7, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Motte- I think has way more offense/upside then Dez…

    I actually was thinking of Luke Johnson as a comparison to Dez…
    Either way- interesting you picked Dez…

    #11– really continues to impress me with smarts/tenacity/ seems like 11/16 can match up with anyone and not look to bad… which is a great compliment (although you will never get much production)-

  • October 7, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Two things …

    Very impressed with Hinostroza’s performance during camp. Anxious to see how he performs the first 20+ games with the Ice Hogs.

    Second, if they get a productive NHL player out of either Motte or Luke Johnson they’ve done very well. They are similar players … decent speed, physical for their size (neither are big at all) … offer an all around game and responsible defensively. Let’s see how they do in their junior years but both look like 3rd/4th line types at best. Both are versatile players and can play multiple spots and situations.

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