On Wednesday morning Corey Pronman at The Athletic did a season-opening deep dive on this year’s rookie class (based on Opening Night rosters). Two Blackhawks made his top 25, with two others getting mention.
Here’s what he had to say:
7. Dominik Kahun
“Kahun has been one of the biggest surprises of the preseason, playing at a very high level and showing two-way ability versus NHLers. He is projected to start the season on a line with Jonathan Toews. Kahun has speed, skill and works hard, but I had questions going in about whether he was dynamic enough at his size to play up high in an NHL lineup. That concern remains to some extent, but all indicators so far are that he’s very smart and has enough pace in his game to make plays.”
18. Henri Jokiharju
“Jokiharju was a guy I wasn’t 100 percent sold was NHL ready, but I kept hearing all spring/summer from scouts he was going to push for a job in Chicago, and he did in camp. He’s a great skater and puck-mover who can help Chicago’s transition game. While I don’t expect him to be a top player right away, Chicago needs help on its blueline, and he’ll get an opportunity to play minutes for them.”
54. Luke Johnson
Mid-Season Call-ups (Honorable mention): Dylan Sikura