The regular seasons have come to a close for most of the Blackhawks’ top prospects, and many are getting ready for a busy postseason. Many of the Hawks’ recent draft picks have had exceptional seasons.
Here are some updates on the increasingly-impressive group of Blackhawks prospects not playing in Rockford.
Vince Hinostroza, F, Waterloo (USHL)
37 games, 23 goals, 32 assists, 55 points, +22, 8 PIM
Hinostroza has 121 career points and 70career assists in the USHL, and is now tied with current San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski for 11th all-time on Waterloo’s scoring list. Also, he is only the ninth player in team history with 70 career assists. Hinostroza missed six weeks because of an upper-body injury, but still ranks ninth in the USHL in scoring with 55 points and has 20 points (7 G, 13 A) in his last 11 games (dating back to January 9).
- The QMJHL postseason begins Thursday, and all three Blackhawks prospects will play prominent roles. In the first round of the QMJHL playoffs, Phillip Danault’s Moncton Wildcats will face his former team, the Victoriaville Tigers, led by netminder Brandon Whitney. Defenseman Dillon Fournier’s Rouyn-Noranda will face Drummondville.
Phillip Danault, C
Victoriaville (QMJHL) – 29 games, 14 goals, 30 assists, 44 points, -1, 28 PIM
Moncton (QMJHL) – 27 games, 9 goals, 32 assists, 41 points, +17, 22 PIM
Total – 56 games, 23 goals, 62 assists, 85 points, +16, 50 PIM
Danault finished the regular season ranked 12th in the QMJHL with 85 points in 56 games. His 62 assists were tied for fourth in the league, and his 27 powerplay assists were tied for eighth in the league. His 1,207 faceoffs ranked 17th in the QMJHL, and he won 53.9 percent of his draws.
Dillon Fournier, D, Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)
59 games, 6 goals, 18 assist, 24 points, +8, 61 PIM
Brandon Whitney, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
58 games, 27-20-6, 4 shutouts, .900 save pct
Whitney finished the regular season ranked tenth in the league in goals against average.
- The WHL postseason also begins this week, and both Blackhawks prospects will be a major factor. Mac Carruth’s Portland Winter Hawks led the Western Conference and had the best record in the league (117 points), while Mark McNeill’s Prince Albert Raiders finished fifth in the Eastern Conference.
Mac Carruth, Portland (WHL)
39 games, 30-7-2, 7 shutouts, .929 save pct
Carruth finished the regular season tied for the league lead with seven shutouts, and his 2.06 goals against average was second in the league. His .929 save percentage ranked third in the league while his 30 wins were tied for tenth overall.
Mark McNeill, F, Prince Albert (WHL)
65 games, 25 goals, 42 assists, 67 points, +4, 43 PIM
- The OHL playoffs are also set to begin, and the Blackhawks will only need to watch one first round series. Garrett Ross will lead Saginaw against Alex Broadhurst and London.
Garret Ross, F, Saginaw (OHL)
61 games, 44 goals, 46 assists, 90 points, +31, 114 PIM
Ross finished the season ranked seventh in the OHL with 90 points, tied for fourth with 44 goals, and tied for 15th with 46 assists. He tied for fourth in the league with four short-handed goals. Ross tied for 14th in the league in plus-minus and was also 14th in the league with 114 penalty minutes.
Alex Broadhurst, F, London (OHL)
65 games, 23 goals, 40 assists, 63 points, +30, 36 PIM
Broadhurst finished third on the Knights in both points and assists.
- US College Prospects
Stephen Johns, D, Notre Dame
38 games, 1 goals, 12 assists, 13 points, E, 56 PIM
Michael Paliotta, D, U. of Vermont
35 games, 1 goals, 9 assists, 10 points, E, 50 PIM
Justin Holl, D, U. of Minnesota
33 games, 3 goals, 4 assists, 7 points, E, 10 PIM
- Other Prospects
Teuvo Teräväinen, F, Jokerit (SM-liiga)
44 games, 13 goal, 18 assists, 31 points, +2, 6 PIM
Jokerit finished in first place in the SM-liiga. Despite missing 16 games, Teräväinen finished fifth on the team with 31 points.
Chris Calnan, F, South Shore (EJHL)
31 games, 27 goals, 22 assists, 49 points, 35 PIM
Calnan, committed to Boston College next year, ranked fifth in the league with 27 goals and 13th in the league with 49 points. He also contributed 10 powerplay points (six goals, four assists) and three game-winning goals.
Joakim Nordstrom, F, AIK (SEL)
43 games, 5 goal, 4 assist, 9 points, -12, 29 PIM
Nordstrom has joined the Rockford IceHogs.
Terry Broadhurst, F
Toledo (ECHL) – 36 games, 12 goals, 19 assist, 31 points, +13, 14 PIM
Rockford (AHL) – 25 games, 5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points, +1, 10 PIM
Johan Mattsson, G, Tri-City, (USHL)
33 games, 12-15-3, 1 shutout, .909 save pct
Matt Tomkins, G, Sherwood Park (AJHL)
44 games, 22-14-6, 4 shutouts, .924 save pct