Checking in with the Blackhawks 2016 Draft class

Yesterday we looked ahead at the Blackhawks crop of prospects from the 2017 NHL Draft. Now let’s catch up with the Class of 2016.

Draft Trades:

  • The Blackhawks traded their first round pick in 2016 to Winnipeg in the Andrew Ladd trade.
  • The Blackhawks traded their second round pick in 2016 to Philadelphia for Kimmo Timmonen.
  • Chicago acquired two second round picks (39 and 45) from Montreal for Andrew Shaw.
  • Chicago acquired one second round pick (50) from Carolina for Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen.

Alex DeBrincat, F
Drafted: 2nd round – 39th overall

Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) – 49 games, 17 goals, 15 assists, 32 points

DeBrincat has bounced all over the lineup but he enters the All-Star Break second on the team with 17 goals and has as many points (32) as Jonathan Toews.

Chad Krys, D
Drafted: 2nd round – 45th overall

Boston University (NCAA) – 25 games, 5 goals, 14 assists, 19 points

“He’s always been a really good, gifted player and had the puck an awful lot. But most kids as they climb the hockey ladder, they haven’t had to defend a lot because they’ve had the puck a lot. At the higher level you have to play both ends of the rink. He had better defense, particularly off the rush and he did a better job down low defending. He also did a better job getting involved offensively.” – BU coach David Quinn

Artur Kayumov, F
Drafted: 2nd round – 50th overall

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) – 20 games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points
Russia (WJC) – 5 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points

“Everything that excited the Blackhawks about him at the draft, he’s shown while playing for Russia in the World Juniors. He’s skated around defenders. He’s possessed the puck. He’s created for himself and others. He’s produced. With three goals and two assists during four games in pool play, he was second on Russia in goals and tied for second in points. He’s tied for 12th in points among all tournament players.” – Scott Powers, The Athletic

Wouter Peeters, G
Drafted: 3rd round – 83rd overall

Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) – 19 games, .885 save percentage, 3.24 goals against avg

Lucas Carlsson, D
Drafted: 4th round – 110th overall

Brynäs IF (SHL) – 37 games, 7 goals, 8 assists, 15 points

“This season, [Carlsson] is making his presence known in the Swedish Hockey League. And not just for his defense, but for his improved offensive game as well. ‘He’s more mature, more comfortable,’ a Blackhawks scout said. ‘He’s getting more ice and responsibility and making the most of it. He’s having a solid year.’” – Scott Powers, The Athletic

Nathan Noel, F
Drafted: 4th round – 113th overall

Indy Fuel (ECHL) – 18 games, 4 goals, 5 assists, 9 points

Noel signed his entry level contract with the Blackhawks in April.

“The 20-year-old centre missed all of the Blackhawks’ main training camp after suffering a knee injury during a September prospects tournament. He eventually resumed playing with Chicago’s ECHL team, the Indy Fuel, and was having a decent run with the Indianapolis-based Fuel, with four goals and five assist in 17 games.” – Brenden McCarthy, The Telegram

Mathias From, F
Drafted: 5th round – 143rd overall

Rögle BK (SHL) – 21 games, 2 goals, 3 assists, 5 points
Södertälje SK (Allsvenskan) – 13 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 points

Blake Hillman, D
Drafted: 6th round – 173rd round

University of Denver (NCAA) – 26 games, 2 goals, 8 assists, 10 points

Hillman was named Bauer NCHC Defenseman of the Week on Jan. 8.

Jake Ryczek, D
Drafted: 7th round – 203rd overall

Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) – 13 games, 3 goals, 6 assists, 9 points
Providence College (NCAA) – 5 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 1 point

Ryczek left Providence mid-season to play in the QMJHL.

6 thoughts on “Checking in with the Blackhawks 2016 Draft class

  • January 29, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Good stuff Tab any talk on Carlsson, if they plan on bringing him over next year to start year in Rockford.

  • January 29, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Ryczek is one reason to pump the brakes a little on Jokiharju. Then you look at Bondra point a game player in the whl. 1 point in 11 echl games.

    John Dahlstrom was another. 59 points in 63 WHL games. He has 7 points in 28 games in the 2nd division league in sweden.

    Points in the CHL dont mean much. Give Jokiharju time.

  • January 29, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Obvious immediate impact from Debrincat. Krys, Carlsson and Hillman look like future icehogs with a chance at the NHL level.
    Kayumov and peeters more long term development. Noel will be interesting to see how he comes along.

  • January 29, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    I hope Krys works out since we passed on Sam Girard who was taken two picks later and is playing significant minutes with the Avalanche. Maybe Hillman will be a late round steal.

  • January 30, 2018 at 12:10 am

    MS, Hillman is a really nice surprise. I watched him twice this past weekend and he was excellent. Looks bigger on the ice than his bio, plays tough in the corners where he wins a lot of battles. Guards the front of the net with a real nastiness. He also makes excellent passes up the the forwards. Bottom line, he really plays to his strengths and looks like a man out there.

    Unfortunately something seems amiss with a Krys. He has been scratched on back to back Saturdays after playing on Friday. I don’t know if he has a nagging or if he’s in the doghouse. If it’s the latter it’s not good. He is supposed to the a top 2 defender at BU.

  • January 30, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Did anyone catch the final in the NHL 3 on 3, I know it’s hard to watch these guys go at 70%-but my big take away-
    Eichel would piss certain teammates off-I see laziness and selfishness in how he plays (he’s very talented but…) Just my hunch!

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