Chicago Blackhawks Select Jake Ryczek

With the 203rd overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks picked defenseman Jake Ryczek.

Ryczek is listed at 5-10 and 165 pounds. The 18-year-old spent the last three seasons in the USHL and will attend Providence College next season. He combined for 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) in 47 games between Sioux City and Waterloo last season.

Pre-Draft Rankings:

Ranked #194 by
Ranked #125 by Future Considerations
Ranked #114 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)

18 thoughts on “Chicago Blackhawks Select Jake Ryczek

  • June 25, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Unrelated, but with shaw and bickell contracts out of the mix, is there a possibility that ladd could get signed?

  • June 25, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Still not enough dough…

  • June 25, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    We need youger guys ….i dont think ladd would accept a 2 millions contract …hawks had a good nice week end so far …

  • June 25, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Ganderhawk, Shaw’s contract expired when Game 82 was played. He has no cap number. So, the answer to your question is no.

  • June 25, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Going to be a difficult couple of seasons coming up as the Hawks try and retool around a core that won’t be getting any younger. It’s frightening to think what we have for forward options in 2016-17 once you get past Toews, Kane, Panarin, Anisimov, Kruger and the aging Hossa. I like the potential of Motte and Schmaltz, but both may need time in Rockford. And I don’t expect either to be an instant hit in the NHL.

  • June 25, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    @Big Earl ….. well, you’ve already got Panik signed. There’s Weise and Fleischmann and Desjardins. Those four could be pretty capable and are already NHL players. Throw in those young guys you mentioned, plus a couple of guys already waiting their chance in Rockford who have some NHL experience (Hinostroza, Hartmann etc. and please forgive my spelling on all of these), it really does not look all that disastrous to me. Some guys may be aging, but some other guys may be moving into roles. I don’t think they have to be NHL stars to help the team and play roles that give the team a good shot to win. Trying to keep the glass half full here, but I am serious. Just my opinion. Despite that loss to St. Louis there were some bright spots in that series and I’d like to see the team build on that.
    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  • June 25, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Excellent rundown there Big Indian …that’s the right way to look at it.

  • June 25, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Again unrelated, just the most recent thread, I would love to see Weise locked up. Plays a style congruent enough to what we will miss in Shaw and he can play up and down the lineup. Only issue I see is the front office not being comfortable giving out money beyond the 16/17 season until Panarin is sorted. Weise, at this point in his career probably prefers something with 3-5 years of term.

  • June 26, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Big Earl – before this post season who ever heard of Kuhnhackl, Sheary, or Rust? Bonino and Fehr are (adequate) bottom six guys…Hageland was pretty “ordinary” – he scored 15 goals…the same number that Weise and Fleischmann scored. Still, Pittsburgh has the Cup. You never know – “that’s why they play the games”. I agree with Big Indian – “it really does not look all that disastrous to me.” But, we’ll see…

  • June 26, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    ^ (above) That should read: “scored 14 goals”.

  • June 26, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Championships are won from 11-25 on the roster… every playoff team is at least solid from 1-10 (Top 6 F, Top 3 D, Goalie). In 2010, it was Ladd, Buff, Versteeg, Bolland, Brouwer… in 2013, it was Bickell, Bolland, Frolik, Oduya… in 2015, it was Kruger, Shaw, Vermette, and so on…

    The point is, without the 11-25 guys, you don’t have the depth to win Cups. The Hawks have been very good in recent years at restocking the depth, even if it’s at an every-other-year pace. The cap (and GM’s who continue to throw massive amounts of money and term at guys instead of slotting salaries within said cap) makes it difficult to sustain any sort of consistent roster stability.

    That’s why you can’t whiff at the draft table…

  • June 26, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Superb analysis Andy. Nice to see someone not talking out of their arse for a change.

  • June 26, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you, sir…

    Even if you pay Weise and Russell a bit more, you still have some flexibility… but this shows kind of the depth I’m talking about

    FORWARDS (12)
    Rightwing: M. Hossa ($5,275,000) – P. Kane ($10,500,000) – R. Panik ($875,000) – D. Weise ($750,000)
    Centre: J. Toews ($10,500,000) – A. Anisimov ($4,550,000) – N. Schmaltz ($925,000) – M. Kruger ($3,083,333)
    Leftwing: T. Motte ($925,000) – A. Panarin ($812,500) – T. Fleischmann ($750,000) – A. Desjardins ($800,000)

    DEFENSE (7)
    Right: N. Hjalmarsson ($4,100,000) – B. Seabrook ($6,875,000) – T. Van Riemsdyk ($825,000) – M. Kempny ($700,000)
    Left: D. Keith ($5,538,462) – K. Russell ($2,500,000) – V. Svedberg ($750,000)

    C. Crawford ($6,000,000) – S. Darling ($587,500)

    D. Rundblad ($100,000)

    Roster Size: 21
    NHL Salary Cap: $73,000,000
    Bonus Overages: $3,070,000
    Cap Hit: $71,916,795
    Cap Space: $1,083,205

  • June 27, 2016 at 7:43 am

    The issue with UFAs this offseason will be term. If a player wants a contract beyond 1 year and doesn’t want to play in Vegas they will have to be very picky about where they sign. So when thinking of free agents to sign in Chicago ask yourself, “can we protect them?” Defensemen are an automatic “no”. Let’s all hope there are some legs to the rumor Soupy wants to come back. That is someone who will sign one year.

    As far as forwards are concerned we have a little wiggle room for protecting the player from Vegas but the problem becomes internal: what can we afford contract wise beyond this year and still resign Panarin…

  • June 27, 2016 at 11:11 am

    the problem in hoping Campbell returns is a matter of what you’re getting out of a 37 year old defenceman… he was expendable 6 years ago, and the Hawks need a Johnny Oduya type, not a Michal Roszival type. I’d rather have Hamhuis on an affordable deal than Campbell, if signing a Russell isn’t feasible.

    We’re all fans… it’s the point of the site… but if you’re going to put yourself in a GM’s shoes, remember that you can’t fall in love with players… especially if you’ve already discarded them once. It sounds heartless, and we, as fans, have favourite players… but teams can’t.

    It’s obvious that term will play a role in signing anyone… and my guess is that Panarin will get paid, and a decision will be made on who exits after the season.

  • June 27, 2016 at 11:55 am

    If you aren’t interested in Campbell back on a cap friendly deal you haven’t followed the Panthers at all over the last couple of seasons. No defenseman will sign long term in Chicago unless that defenseman wants to play in Vegas next season. We cannot protect him.

  • June 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Andy, do you think that Kris Russell would demand a $2.5 MM salary? I’m not knocking the guy but I thought he was way below that at Calgary. Both he and Campbell are left handed shots, so they both would fit into your roster scenarios. And of course #4 plays both sides, although they may not want to have him play the other side all season.

  • June 27, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I don’t know if Russell would sign a cap-friendly deal for the chance at a Cup or not… but his skating and his shot-blocking would definitely help, and he’s 29, not 25. That may be a case where you trade term for dollars, but Yoda makes the point… he or Hamhuis may be guys who opt for a one year crack at it.

    I pay attention to the entire league, Yoda. And, to your point, Campbell has been serviceable, and provided strong leadership for the Panthers. But reality is, his production declined the last three years, and the Hawks have tons of leadership… even some of the younger guys have been through a Cup run. I’m not anti-Campbell… but I’m also a guy who believes in slotting.

    If you slot properly, you can prepare for the expansion draft, especially since Las Vegas only takes one player from each other member club… so the exposure process creates a lot of unknowns, but you’re losing one guy.

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