Pronman Ranks Blackhawks Youth Movement

On Tuesday morning, Corey Pronman at The Athletic offered his post-draft young player organizational rankings across the NHL.

Pronman’s criteria for his rankings are: “All players in an organization who were 22 years old or younger as of Sept. 15, 2020, regardless of how many NHL games they’ve played, along with the rest of the players in the pipeline, were included.”

The Chicago Blackhawks ranked 17th in Pronman’s rankings. Here’s what he had to say about Chicago’s youngsters:

Pre-draft org ranking: No. 14
2020 NHL Draft grade: C+

Chicago has some good, if not very good, young players on the team or on the way. The Blackhawks need more and look to be committed to adding more. If Kirby Dach becomes everything he possibly could be, this could change the trajectory of the franchise.

  1. Kirby Dach, C
  2. Alex DeBrincat, RW
  3. Adam Boqvist, D
  4. Lukas Reichel, LW
  5. Alexander Nylander, LW
  6. Ian Mitchell, D
  7. Alec Regula, D
  8. Evan Barratt, C
  9. Wyatt Kalynuk, D
  10. Michal Teply, LW
  11. Drew Commesso, G

A few reactions to these rankings…

First, we’ve been big fans of Mitchell here since the Blackhawks drafted him. Ranking him below Nylander gives Nylander was more credit than he’s earned based on his NHL play. We’ll see how Mitchell looks in the NHL soon enough.

On the blue line, Regula could prove to be a good deal for Bowman. Chicago acquired Regula from Detroit at the beginning of last season for forward Brendan Perlini. He signed his entry-level contract after three seasons with the London Knights.

Kalnyuk signed as a college free agent out of Wisconsin but he saw his chances of the NHL take a hit when the Blackhawks traded Brandon Saad to Colorado. The crowded blue line in Chicago and Rockford will be competitive in the coming season (whenever it begins).

At forward, Reighel is the top player on the list who isn’t already in the NHL. Chicago’s first round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, he’s likely a couple years away from the NHL but could prove to be a solid pick. Teply could probably move up the list as well.

It’s good to see a goaltender on the list. Commesso could eventually be the long-term answer in net for the Hawks, but he’ll likely play college hockey for at least two years, if not completing a four-year NCAA career.

The other teams in the Central Division ranked as follows:

9. Colorado Avalanche
14. Minnesota Wild
15. Winnipeg Jets
19. Dallas Stars
22. St. Louis Blues
23. Nashville Predators

19 thoughts on “Pronman Ranks Blackhawks Youth Movement

  • October 20, 2020 at 11:22 am

    It’s a crime that Beaudin is not on this list. He’s still a good d prospect. I’d have him after Mitchell and I’d have both those guys ahead of Nylander. Underrated prospect for sure as he was decent as a 20 year old in the AHL.

  • October 20, 2020 at 11:23 am

    I also would guess our pool would be higher than WPG and MIN of they each didn’t get Perfetti and Rossi who were absolute steals at 9 and 10.

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    I’d like to think (hoped?) the Hawks talent pipeline would be more highly rated. So, this list is a bit sobering for me. Though, who knows. I certainly don’t.

    They need to stack a couple more top 10 picks and it appears that’s the plan.

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    4 on Nhl roster, 5 just starting elcs and 2 just drafted those 11 or most will determine how the future plays out. Think the new President may be announced soon, Rocky Wirtz said getting that done early in off season was a priority. Hopefully some clarity on their new direction as well.

  • October 20, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Surprise that Kurashev and Hagel are not in the future mix .i also wonder iff Barrât should be on the list.
    I really like Hagel and I think he can be a good fit with the Hawks ..he can score,pass, and has a nice way to get involved and disturb Opponents.
    Kurashev is suppose to be a good nhl player according to his coach in Rockford.

  • October 20, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    This email was just received by me, sent from the Blackhawks to Season Ticket holders;

    “Your role as a Chicago Blackhawks season ticket holder is vital to our success. We are sharing the enclosed message with all of our fans, but as one of our most valued customers we wanted to make sure that you received the message personally and in advance. We look forward to sharing many more memorable moments when we can welcome you back to the excitement that is Chicago Blackhawks hockey at the United Center.

    We recently said goodbye to a pair of popular, two-time champions and acquired some new players via trade and free agency. We understand it was tough to see those respected veterans go and realize you may have some questions about our direction. We’d like to address that direction and share why we’re hopeful for the future of Blackhawks hockey.

    We’re committed to developing young players and rebuilding our roster. We want more than another window to win; we want to reach the summit again, and stay there — an effort that will require a stockpile of emerging talent to complement our top players. The influx of youth and their progression will provide roster flexibility and depth throughout our lineup.

    We were already the youngest team in the 2020 playoffs and several Blackhawks experienced that intensity for the first time; this will help to further establish a culture that embraces the grind of improvement driven by competitors who are relentless, engaged and motivated by a team-first mentality to win.

    As our young players develop and learn how to win consistently, they’ll make some mistakes. inevitably, we’ll miss the mark sometimes, too, but we’ll communicate openly with you on this journey together.

    We know that what comes next must be more than just words, and that inspires us.

    – The Chicago Blackhawks”

    There is a bit to digest there. I think it fits within Tab’s post discussing the youth movement for the Blackhawks, and how said youth ranks against their peers. It will be extremely important to see how these players fit in with the core veterans as well as the new players discussed in the Blackhawks official release above.

  • October 20, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Not shocked that Kurashev is not there – it seems his development wasn’t as strong this year as the year previous- hopefully he picks it up this year and we get to see him play some NHL games

    Keep in mind that Nylander is still a prospect not a finished product – Pronman seems to be looking at potential ceilings for these prospects which for Nylander would be quite high – it’s just a question of will he ever get there?

    Interesting that Regula has surpassed Beaudin to be on the list – maybe there was a point to Perlini after all

  • October 20, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Kalynuk doesn’t fit the age criteria, he was 23 last April, says 22 on Sept. 15th.

    Big Indian interesting, yes already youngest team and committed to continued development of their young players. Having depth and healthy pipeline is good thing to maintain the roster.

  • October 20, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Wrap think you’ll find Kurashev is alot grittier and physical than people give him credit for. Actually could make a very nice 3c who puck battles and forechecks too.

  • October 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm


    I have to agree that Beaudin, Hagel, Kurashev, and Vlasic have to be there and let’s not forget about Jake Wise, who was hurt last year. And, what about everybody’s favorite…The Big Chalupa??

  • October 20, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    I definitely like a group that has a few that are not on that list,I know a couple aren’t eligible,but for my 2 cents I hope Beaudin,Carllson Kalynuk,Hagel,Barratt,Kurashev and Cam Morrison get legitimate chances to compete for spots.Give these guys the same opportunities that Nylander and Boqvist received.I liked the little bit that I saw from Hagel and Beaudin in that final game against the Sharks.

  • October 20, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Beading MIA, I agree.
    17th best ranked? Oh boy, tough years ahead.

  • October 20, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    I like a number of the kids we have in the system…Hagel, Kurashev, Barratt, Braiding, Kalynuk, and Mitchell. For you guys who think we should have more, you don’t have to look far to see why we don’t…and his name is Bowman.

  • October 21, 2020 at 7:06 am

    I forgot to mention…

    MacKenzie Entwhistle…if he’s half the hockey player as he is a bass guitarist, he will be a keeper.

  • October 21, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    What about Pius Suter who leads Swiss league in goals (30) and pts (53) last year … same standart as a certain Dominik Kubalik 2 years ago

  • October 21, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Yea this list seems for ceiling for each player not where they are or have done so far.

    Be good of Kurachev is a good player. I like Barratt a lot and think he be like Shaw in lots of ways. With more OFF points and maybe a hair grit.

    Key is to add 2 moar top 5/10 draft players and then theres about 14-15 players that most can play.

  • October 21, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Yea like Kubalik and others before him Suter can be good and that doesnt mean we donot continue to add players from euro. Keep them coming along.

  • November 4, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Aren’t we forgetting Kubalik, Jr., aka “Pius Suter” who succeeded Kubalik as the Swiss League Scoring Champion and is already guaranteed a top 6 spot on the Blackhawks. Actions speak louder than word – Watch the man’s video. He scores and scores in a variety of ways. Very clever, very pesty.

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