In Friday night’s 3-1 win against Buffalo, Phillup Danault became the seventh Blackhawks player to score his first career NHL goal this year. On that list are new lineup regulars Artemi Panarin, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Dennis Rasmussen, along with Danault, Tanner Kero, Viktor Svedberg, and Brandon Mashinter.
This season has not only seen a big number of career first goals, but the number of players under the age of 25 continues to play a major role in the Blackhawks success. Right now there are six players who have yet to celebrate their 25th birthday playing on a nightly basis for the Hawks, and Richard Panik will add a seventh to that list as well.
After missing on a few first round picks after selecting Patrick Kane (read: Kyle Beach, Dylan Olsen and Kevin Hayes), the Hawks have received contributions this season from players selected in the first rounds of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Drafts.
And the organization’s first round pick in 2014, Nick Schmaltz, just finished a strong World Junior Championships and is playing well at North Dakota. He likely isn’t far away from joining the professional ranks as well.
There is also an impressive list of free agent additions on the list, headlined by Panarin from Russia and van Riemsdyk from the college ranks. Adding players outside the draft process – and without giving up assets to do so – have been a hallmark of Stan Bowman’s tenure as general manager.
Here’s a reminder of how young some current Blackhawks players (and prospects) are, and the impact some of them have already made at the NHL level.
Acquired: 2012 NHL Draft – 1st round (18th overall)
NHL Career: 76 games, 13 goals, 16 assists, 38 points
Postseason Career: 18 games, 4 goals, 6 assists, 10 points
Acquired: 2011 NHL Draft – 1st round (26th overall)
NHL Career: 12 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points
Acquired: signed as a free agent April 30, 2015
NHL Career: 12 games, 0 goals, 5 assists
Acquired: signed a a free agent April 30, 2015
NHL Career: 43 games, 15 goals, 23 assists, 38 points
Trevor van Riemsdyk
Acquired: signed as a free agent March 25, 2014
NHL Career: 61 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points
Postseason Career: 4 games, 0 points
Acquired: 2011 NHL Draft – 5th round (139th overall)
NHL Career: 287 games, 62 goals, 57 asssts, 119 points
Postseason Career: 61 games, 12 goals, 19 assists, 31 points
Also making an impact this year and still in the system:
Acquired: via trade from Columbus June 30, 2015
NHL Career: 48 games, 9 goals, 14 assists, 23 points
Acquired: signed as a free agent April 2, 2015
NHL Career: 17 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points
Acquired: 2013 NHL Draft – 1st round (30th overall)
NHL Career: 8 games, 1 assist, 1 point
Acquired: signed as a free agent October 19, 2013
NHL Career: 15 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points