Prospect Watch: Where Chicago’s 2017 Draft Class Will Play This Season?

As the calendar rolls to August, it’s a good time to look around the Blackhawks’ prospect pipeline and see where some of the players are headed this season.

Here is where the players in the Hawks’ 2017 draft class are expected to play during the 2017-18 campaign:

Round 1 – Pick 29 – Henri Jokiharju, D
2017-18: Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Round 2 – Pick 57 – Ian Mitchell, D
2017-18: University of Denver (NCAA)

Round 3 – Pick 70 – Andrei Altybarmakyan, F
2017-18: Serebryanye Lvy St. Petersburg (MHL)

Round 3 – Pick 90 – Evan Barratt, F
2017-18: Penn State University (NCAA)

Round 4 – Pick 112 –  Tim Söderlund, F
2017-18: Skellefteå AIK (SHL)

Round 4 – Pick 119 – Roope Laavainen, F
2017-18: HPK (Liiga)

Round 5 – Pick 144 – Parker Foo, F
2017-18: Union College (NCAA)

Round 5 – Pick 150 – Jakub Galvas, D
2017-18: HC Olomouc (Czech)

Round 7 – Pick 215 – Joshua Ess, D
2017-18: University of Wisconsin (NCAA)

19 thoughts on “Prospect Watch: Where Chicago’s 2017 Draft Class Will Play This Season?

  • August 6, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Thanks Tab

  • August 6, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Thank you

  • August 6, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    All I can say is BOWMAN and KELLEY drafted smallish dman Ian Mitchell ahead of finnish flash Joni Ikonen (Montreal pick) who scored a hat trick against Sweden. If anyone caught a glimpse of this player, you as well as many others were impressed!!!

    Of course Mitchell was not part of the CANADIAN JUNIOR Camp Roster this past week.
    Once again, dare I say our scouts are simply past due date???

  • August 6, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    My Boy Joni Tuulola with 3 g, 1 a in pre-season SHL game…

    Soderlund with 3 pts in win over Finland… not bad – really liked his tenacity/speed in camp.

    Totti- I have no comment on Ikonen (never seen him play)… but Mitchell can play! Was probably biggest surprise at camp (to me- cuz I never saw him before)… Sikura was most talented- but Sikura is older- and I have seen his hi-lites before-

  • August 6, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Wall, thanks/keep the scouting info coming, theres nothing going on this mth other then the Cubs playing the 2nd 80 games, they coasted the first 80.

  • August 7, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Tuulola- Liiga… not SHL… my bad

  • August 7, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Mo- Cubs should be able to coast to the PO’s too… heard on the Radio most of their remaining games are versus sub-500 teams…. 1st or 2nd softest remaining schedule in baseball- me thinks

  • August 7, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Just read an article on Bleacher Report Re; Team Grades for this Draft. They gave the Blackhawks a C-. Would have liked to see the Hawks try to jump ahead of the Montreal Canadiens to draft Ryan Poehling. He might be a stud. They got Ikonen behind us in the second round who had a great showcase weekend as well.

  • August 7, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Any info out on the Prospect Pre-season Tourney for Hawks???

    usually played in Traverse City

  • August 7, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Wall its sept. 8-12 at traverse city. Blackhawks in Gordie Howe division with Canes, Wings and Rangers. But no word on which prospects playingm

  • August 7, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    yes, Poehling is a real talent.

  • August 7, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    C grade not surprising anymore for the HAWKS who had numerous picks.

  • August 8, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Ian- Thanks

  • August 11, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Because Bleacher Report has seen these guys play and scouted them ?

    The Hawks are drafting players that play the Hawks “system. Puck moving. Puck possession. Jokihariju = puck mover; Mitchell =puck moving quick defenseman,
    Andrei, much like Kayumov is a home run or strike out pick.
    Barrett =high energy, skate, skate, skate. Foo=tremendous skill, excellent skater.
    Soderlund =high energy, skate, skate, skate.

    Let’s see what happens. Draft grades are a Joke.

  • August 11, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Agree Craig time will tell alot better than draft day grades.

  • August 11, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Who is the last front line(top 6 or top 4) player drafted by the Hawks? Saad? Tuevo? Funny how D-Cat got a lot of hype going into the rookie camp then pretty much fell flat( depending on whose word you trust) and now crickets.

  • August 12, 2017 at 1:40 am

    SSHawk. The Hawks took Hartman as the last pick in 2013. He scored 19 Goals as a rookie. The Hawks traded up for Nick Schmaltz in 2014. He is a skilled top 9 forward at this point.
    Also, when Mark Kelley was asked about trading the Hawks 1st round pick in 2015 in the deal for A. Vermette. He responded that ‘we” traded our 1st round pick and won the Stanley Cup.
    All of the above is fact, not opinion.

    I will say this. The development of defensemen has been poor. Seeing that Nik H was the last drafted defenseman to make any type of impact, that is problematic, for sure. In addition the 2nd round has been mysteriously bad. Justin Holl, Dillon Fournier, Carl Dahlstrom, Ville Pokka. 3rd round Paliotta.

    Drafting later in the 1sr round is difficult for sure. Tough to hit home runs from there. Would like to see a few more hits.

  • August 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Again, NHL scouts not bleacher reports have graded the HAWKS draft this past June or the last 5-6 years.
    If they give a C or D, I trust they know something.

    And any organization that does not produce a top 4 dman since Nik H or a top 6 forward since SAAD is up for questioning. This is not being harsh but realistic. When teams like the PENS draft goalie MURRAY late or the DUMOULIN’s of the world then we should question our SCOUTS.

  • August 13, 2017 at 7:40 pm


    Not doubt Hartman had a good rookie season but is he a top 6 forward? Schmaltz flashed at times but I’m less sold on him. Even more importantly areally either top 6 on a cup contender? I’m talking about a game breaker.

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