Report: Ryan Shea Not Coming To Chicago

According to a report on Thursday afternoon, Northeastern defenseman Ryan Shea will not sign with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Shea, 23, was originally drafted in the fourth round (#121 overall) by the Hawks in the 2015 NHL Draft. He just completed a solid senior season at Northeastern in which he produced 31 points in 34 games.

58 thoughts on “Report: Ryan Shea Not Coming To Chicago

  • April 2, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Good riddance…. Bye!

  • April 2, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    A shame. He looked good in the games I watched of his this year.
    But oh well. Move on nothing to see here.

  • April 2, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    They have enough defensemen in the system.

  • April 2, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    Hope he finds a team to give him a chance, came a long way last couple of years. Wouldn’t be surprised if signs northeast somewherw close to his home. Decision on Gravel needs to be made too before June. Injuries and undermanned team in front of him hurt his year this season.

  • April 2, 2020 at 8:37 pm


    Agreed on shea, good luck to him.

    Including shea
    Alex Gravel G
    Mathias From Rw
    Wouter Peters G

    All 4 the hawks will lose rights to if not signed.

    Gravel is the interesting one.
    From I can’t imagine maybe a Rockford Ahl deal.
    Peters not a chance in hell.

  • April 2, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    How about an alternate headline:

    “Stan Bowman and Jeremy Colliton leaving Chicago”.

  • April 2, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    Thx Iceman, well said once again. So, another one bites the dust in 2015! Knott, Bondra, now a 4th rounder like Shea. He seemed like he had a better hockey IQ than Dennis Gilbert, but who knows! So how many of 2015 are in the lineup in Chicago? Why so few Mr. Bowman? Is it all Rockford’s fault? Genuis Marc Bernard? Or you and Mark Kelley?
    Clowns! Embarassing the number of players he has drafted since 2010 that are nowhere in this lineup. Except for Saad, Dach, Boqvist and Dcat.

  • April 3, 2020 at 1:41 am

    Here’s what I know, after Shea’s stellar performance in the Beanpot tournament,
    I asked people in the know if the Hawks were signing him. The answer I got was probably not, that the organization believes his Upside is decent AHL player.

    I asked again last week about 3 prospects : Mitchell, Barratt and Shea. I was told the first two are signing. It seemed cut and dried.
    So Barratt has signed and I’m told that Mitchell “will”.

  • April 3, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Craig that’s sounds logical, when you look at it, they have 7 D under contract and 1 rfa on Nhl roster and 5D under contract with 2 rfas in Rfd. Also Mitchell will sign and play somewhere too. Doesn’t leave alot of options for Shea.

    Ms thx forgot about From and Peeters but as you say they are in the slim and none chances of getting an elc category. Only possibility i could see there is a minor league deal which is probably not likely.

  • April 3, 2020 at 11:06 am

    @ goldenrug

    there are never enough defenseman in the system. players have value to their teams in on ice performance and as trade assets. nhl quality defenseman are tremendous trading chips. especially those on elcs.

    gilbert, beaudin, mitchell, boqvist, and the others in that pipeline. there is no way to tell at this point who will be the talented nhl players and who will be the never weres who have dotted bowman’s draft history. shea is now just another wasted draft pick. your comment is very short sighted.

  • April 3, 2020 at 11:27 am

    My Question is …will they get a 4 round pick to replace the lost ?
    Love my Hawks …
    Just arrive a few days ago from Malaisia and my second transit was in Chicago , where I had to wait 9 hrs… and was thinking ….hope one day I will come here and watch 1-2 Games And be able to find tickets ..
    From Montreal I am asking you guys to relax at home and to stay safe for the next 8-15 weeks .
    Good luck

  • April 3, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    2010 Barrett is actually the 3rd rnder acquired from Canes for Scott Darling, but getting a pick for Shea be tough when he is ufa on Aug. 1st.

  • April 3, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    BBB agree the more the merrier, but from Shea’s perspective, he likely figures there is a good chance he spends time in Indy next year, may even have been offered a minor league deal like others last season and that likely plays a big role in his decision to go ufa instead.

  • April 3, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Bye bye Bowman, when Shea wins a future Norris trophy, go out and celebrate!

  • April 3, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Shea did the Hawks a favor.Who wants any player that does not want to compete for and win a spot on a NHL roster.Get Mitchell signed and we move on.

  • April 4, 2020 at 1:10 am

    I stated this over on the 2012 draft thread. For better or for worse, Stan and his staff are really big on “upside” and ceiling.

    It’s why Stan has traded for former top 10 draft pick Slater K. and later Alex Nylander add to that Dylan Strome.

    On Shea. When I asked a month ago what his upside was, the answer I got was AHL player. At that point, I suspected he might get an ATO in Rockford. The pandemic hit, everything shut down and there is no longer the 8 game pro audition. So Shea is not going to Rockford and he’s not getting an NHL contract from the Hawks.

    Similar situation with Fred Olofsson last year. A 4th rounder who got a look in Rockford after his college career, did not get a contract and went back to Sweden. A very good college player whom the Hawks determined was not going to be and NHLer.

    Maybe Shea turns out to be a decent NHLer, but the Hawks do not it.

  • April 4, 2020 at 1:12 am

    Mitchell wants Toronto. Let’s see what happens with Bowman’s bonus plans as usual.
    Shea? My comment is the amount of NCAA players that Mr. Bowman and Kelley have drafted that are not 1st rounders have never made it with the HAWKS. Never!!!
    Thus, the best development league remains the CHL, and you can ask anyone including Patrick Kane. Most of them Canadians of course, with a few Americans spread here and there. How many american hockey players has Bowman drafted in the NCAA beyond Nick Schmaltz have made it on to his roster during his tenure.

  • April 4, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Hull, I’ve always agreed with your point about the CHL. They are the best development league and more energy should be put there by the Hawks. When they do get the chance to draft high, which hasn’t been often in the last 10-15 years, they often go with the CHL- (Kane, Dach, Seabrook, even Barker) Some like Beach and Barker didn’t work out. Even Boqvist benefited from time in the ‘O’, and Jokiharju as well.
    So they do go there. Enough is really open for debate.

  • April 4, 2020 at 8:18 am

    Noonan good point, i think part of the reason for choosing Ncaa and Europe as you move down the draft as it becomes more of a crap shoot every pick. In Ncaa and Europe if playing in mens leagues, their development will be closer to Nhl ready and less risk. Chl definitely top feeder league for sure and very debateable how successful this strategy is working but seems to be their preferred route.

  • April 4, 2020 at 10:28 am

    @ goldenrug

    you are absolutely right. it is much more likely that shea will never play an nhl game than he will be a terrific player. or even a competent one. not touting shea or any of their young d-men. nor do i have anything against any of them. but shea now becomes a wasted draft choice. the point is you don’t know who will succeed and shea has definitely improved his game. i think the hawks would have preferred to sign him rather than lose him.

    if the hawks get two quality nhl players out of their current “stockpile” of d-men in their system it would be a huge win. and it isn’t a stretch to imagine none of them will end up a top pairing player. boqvist showed some nice offensive ability, but, at this point, he cannot compete defensively. and there is no hjalmarsson type guy who can protect him on the ice anywhere in the hawks d-man inventory to pair him with.

    i like to think in terms of being a gm with another nhl team. from that lens is there any d-man in the hawks system you would be excited to trade for? someone you would overpay for? boqvist was an 8th overall draft pick. if you were an nhl gm coming into the next draft with the 8th overall pick would you trade it away for boqvist straight up?

  • April 4, 2020 at 10:55 am

    BBB would you trade this years first overall pick straight up for Jack Hughes, needs time to play out.

  • April 4, 2020 at 11:32 am

    @ ian

    point well taken. all players not in the nhl are a crap shoot until they have played well in the nhl.

    pretty much i am just tired of the rhetoric about the hawks d-men of the future. blah, blah, blah. when the first one proves himself and has a solid nhl season is when i will come on board.

    same with all of the potential bottom six forwards. no potential stars on the horizon. no one in the system who could have played top six forward or top four d-man on any of the cup winning teams. just bowman bullshit.

  • April 4, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    BBB Agree we need to see some development towards that this season, that’s why i say this year needs to see some defensemen take the next step and show some real promise at Nhl level.

  • April 4, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Bye Bye – Most players in the NHL couldn’t have played top 6 or top 4 on any of the Hawks Cup winning teams – that seems too high a bar to set for figuring out who is an NHLer and who isn’t – you still need at least 12 good Fws and 6 good D men to win a cup

    Besides in 2 or 3 years I think we’ll see that both Dach and Boquist could have filled those top 6 or top 4 roles on Hawk cup winners

    That’s my prediction – I see big upside in both

  • April 4, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    Yes, good luck to him. Want him to do good where he goes, and make it in the league. Do well, if he makes it at all, execpt for against us.

  • April 5, 2020 at 9:54 am


    i agree you need depth down the lineup and during the cup winning years our fourth line was terrific most nights. this team is rebuilding and i don’t see anyone in the system other than dach and maybe boqvist and/or mitchell who project to fit into that top six and top four category. you don’t win without depth, but you surely don’t win without quality in the top six and top four.

    setting the bar high is the idea. i don’t expect results tomorrow, but my goal is certainly to win a cup. guys like strome, kubalik, and de brincat are third line players on cup winning teams. no one on the current roster plays top four defense on a cup winning team other than keith. i don’t have a problem with the bevy of bottom six prospects in the system and third pairing d-men. i just want to know who is going to be in the top six forwards and top four d-men showing the way for the bottom of the roster. as i said, it seems to me those types of prospects are limited to dach, boqvist, and maybe mitchell.

  • April 5, 2020 at 11:14 am

    We only drafted half of the 4th line players those yrs, so we need some from draft but not all.

    draft- 37 55
    ufa- 11

    draft- 16
    ufa/trade 67 11

    For 3rd lines we drafted and not sure on every prospect not making NHL. I like Barratt being a Shaw/Bolly kind of player. A good player. Kurachev and Enwhistle could be good to.

    I wouldnt say only Dach and BoQ are only prospetcs to make NHL, I would that they are only ones to be Elite players.

  • April 5, 2020 at 11:18 am

    kubalik, and de brincat are third line players on cup winning teams

    I see that, that they are not 200 ft game players like Sharpy or Steeger.

    Thing is they score 25-40 goals a yr. So we trade them for two way players.

    Sharpy and Steeger played good at D. Not sure on 8 yet, did he look that bad at D because he has size and that is the kind we need more of not less.

  • April 5, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Of every player we had from 2009-2016 who deos Kubilik remind you guys of the most.

  • April 5, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    April 2, 2020 at 7:27 pm
    They have enough defensemen in the system.

    Ding ding ding ding ding ding ding….
    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.

  • April 5, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Like Craig said and ByBy is saying were going to keep the best of the best prostpects. The ones that will be NHL players, on a Cup team roster.

    That is Barratt and Mitch, not this guy/others.

    Hull, in 1 or 2 yrs the roster will have as many drafted players as it did in 2008 2009 2010 did. We have a lot coming.

  • April 5, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Hawks2010, thanks man we live about an hr from you, jay peak VT. Stuck in the vacation chalet for this virus.

    At least we can hike and ski on the snow that still here. Lift chairs are nice/beautys of an idea. You donot know luxury until you donot have it.

  • April 5, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    I got an autograph from my daughter a couple of years ago and couldn’t make it out and she forgot his name. She said I would know of him. (She was a waitress at the time) I just found it again and realize it was Steve Ludzik. An amazing individual.
    ‘Lucky’ you’re in my thought and prayers.

  • April 5, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Byby, I do agree on the more the merryier.

    And its not our fault, here, that Buckaroo/other got traded away. They could be good players.

  • April 5, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Ian, you think Mitch will sign after/once season is announced cancelled. Not until then? Thats what hes waiting for.

    Cant they put a clause in, so he can sign now, that due to the corona beer virus, he can sign and its simply 2 or 3 yr elc based on season games cancelled/or play 8 games left.

  • April 5, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Mo right now with season paused, Nhl has said any elcs signed will be for next season and not eligible to play if this season resumes. I think burning a year of his elc is important to Mitchell, if he doesn’t he could go back for senior year at Denver and sign a 2 year elc after that and be in same position as signing a 3 year elc starting next season. So signing this year doesn’t have same impact if he can’t burn a year. He has said he will sign with Blackhawks despite some people trying to imply otherwise, which is good news, if he goes back doesn’t mean he is going elsewhere. Seems like he would prefer another year in Denver vs Rfd if that looks like his options.

  • April 5, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Mo that is just my version of what seems to make sense with this delay, there are articles out there i haven’t read and may have another thought on it too.

  • April 5, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Theres cops everywhere around the border. Need to escape to NH to get to Tuckermans, when no one is looking.

    Our legs our in shape now.

    Backcountry skiing, BayBaaaay!

  • April 5, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks, makes sense. Youll know we ll hear it, doom and gloom talk, if he plays yr in DEN not Rockford and rumors of doing a Kevin Flatlander Hayes bad choice.

  • April 5, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    With the Bolts in all sorts of cap trouble, needing to sign Sergachev , only big caphits without nmc or ntc are Point and Kucherov who aren’t likely going anywhere. If Mitchell wants assurance to play in Nhl right away, Bolts likely give him the opportunity with just the cost of an elc salary, wonder if some kind of deal is makeable there. Certainly could benefit both teams.

  • April 5, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    ByeBye – I think we’re on the same page

    If we look ahead 2 years maybe both Dach and Boquist are able to play top 6/top 4 at a Cup winning level

    Are 19 and 88 still at that level? Probably yes. Is Keith? maybe or maybe not

    Can Mitchell get there – maybe or maybe not – he hasn’t yet played an NHL game

    Can Kubalik be a top 6 consistently – I’d say 50/50 chance there – I like his upside although he’s already 24

    Can Nylander/Strome or Dcat in 2 years reach that level? – maybe one of them makes it to that level but the others could still be good 3rd liners

    Add in a top choice from the upcoming draft who could be top 6 or top 4 in 2 years and perhaps an astute UFA signing or trade who could also fill that role

    I know it’s been a sucky year but I’m an optimist and see some reason for hope – things can turn quickly in today’s hard cap NHL

    What would be really nice is to have someone unexpected either in the system or via UFA or trade really blossom – I realize that’s not a plan but it sure would be nice

  • April 5, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    If cap does not go up because of coronavirus, then the top teams at the cap are even more screwed in losing good players or being forced to make trades, good players available.

    Even though we are near cap, we can unload 4-6 players we wernt keeping longterm anayways. So were in good shape and shold take advantage of the top teams losing good players.

    We know were getting another top draft players and be stupid for us not to add a top 6 top 4 players from ufa and from trade, when the time is right.

    So we have the spots to fill and the space to use-after releasing/players contracts are up on there own, to add HHNL deep top 6 top 4 players. Just a few.

    We donot have it now, sure.

  • April 5, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    For what it’s worth, Elliotre Friedman tweeted that Dylan Strome is available to be traded.

  • April 5, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Wonder how recent that is. The info on it, not when it was posted or said by him.

  • April 6, 2020 at 2:13 am

    More news out of Toronto today that Mitchell will not sign with Chicago. Another player / agent move that tells us Chicago not the best destination anymore. Do you blame them. No close to winning a CUp or even making the playoffs. A GM who has a reputation of trading away 1st round picks or top prospects at a drop of a dime. They will play the waiting game and sign elsewhere. Vegas, Calgary Boston and Pittsburgh are rumoured destinations.
    Again, draft CHL players Stan or go home.

  • April 6, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Mo according to twitter it was Thursday on his radio call in show. Friedman had been asked by Buffalo fans if Strome was available and he asked ( who?) and was told Strome was available and not at a prohibitive price.

  • April 6, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Ian, does that mean a 3rd round pick for Stome, at best?

  • April 6, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Man does Toronto get up early to get the news out. Guessing Friedman was told by “sources”.

  • April 6, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Playball, doesn’t sound like alot more, maybe Craig can shed some more light on this for us.

  • April 6, 2020 at 9:30 am

    So if Strome is moved that would mean Toews and Dach as 1 and 2 centers, with Kane, Saad, Kubalik and Debrincat as top 6 wingers. Cagguila likely resigned in that case and Nylander as holdovers in line for wingers on 3rd line. Center could be Shaw?iffy, Kampf and Carpenter could be 3-4 centers again or until Barrett ready maybe. Kurashev or Entwistle could too, both along with Hagel compete for 3rd line winger. Smith seems pricey for a 4th liner, maybe move him and Entwistle or sign a Clifford type who with Highmore can play on wings with Kampf or Carpenter. Quenneville still under contract for minimum hit can be pressbox guy for emergencies and let younger guys get ice time in Rfd. until they are needed.

    Keith, Boqvist and Murphy likely 3 of top 4, and Mitchell, Dehaan, Beaudin or an add possibly round it out, Maatta possibly could be moved. Seabrook, Carlsson, Gilbert maybe a Koekkoek or Beaudin be filling 3rd pair. Crawford or other signing as no.1 goalie and guys in Rfd. compete for backup, likely Delia at this point. As said before need younger guys taking next step and showing some development, especially on D by end of next season.

  • April 6, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Yea wondering when/recent it way. That makes sense. When Tim the 2nd was posting lines for coming yrs, thats why I didnt include 17 or any of the temps because they are not staying-prob and maybe 17 doesnt. People need to not worry about salary cap or feel/think we cant do anything because every ‘temp’ isint staying-prob and that will get us around 20 m in cap space.

    To add a top pair Defensemen or maybe top 4 and another spot we need.

    Bowman said rebuilding longer then shorter. That means to me draft and not 15 65 6 44? 7? 40. Pretty much everry One of the good ufas we got this summer. We needed to have a full roster because the two yrs before we didnt have 6 NHL Defensemen or enough FW. So we did that, still a top 5 skill draft player.

    When you think think about the roster the first 30 games in fall of 18, ouch. It did do a genius move though, top 5 skill draft players. Which are a must if we are getting back to top 5 team.

  • April 6, 2020 at 11:40 am

    A strong draft this year is big too Mo, especially get a top player, if it’s top6 fwd, or top 4 D guy or a future no.1 goalie, seems less likely under Bowman, need to get it right. Teply Whl rookie of the year has potential as a power fwd, although news out of Toronto may say different.

  • April 6, 2020 at 11:54 am

    To be clear, news out of TOR, is just on Strome. Theres no word/rumors on Mitch or Teply, right?

    If Mitch and Teply are safe and sound in Chicago. Beauty. So Teply was player of the yr for juniors league, that is huge. I know he was the, only, good player in world juniors this yr, he was good though. Be huge if he is a top 6 quality.

  • April 6, 2020 at 11:58 am

    “Right now we are waiting to see what happens with the NHL season,” the 21-year-old Mitchell wrote. “There is a freeze on contracts being signed for this season. If I were to sign a contract now, I wouldn’t be able to play this year if the season resumes. So right now it is just wait and see.”

  • April 6, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Mo, i never saw anything to indicate Mitchell or Teply are signing somewhere else. Just speculation because he hasn’t signed yet on Mitchell.

  • April 6, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Ian- Moors- I keep Strome on third line with FA mucker- grinder or Cags or Shaw? I trade Saad/ 6 mil for 30 Pts don’t get it. Kane & Toews made his ridiculous contract possible. Kubalik ( half Vermette/ half Sharp) I put Kubalik with Kane- Dach 1 st line.i put Teply-Toews-with FA … and Entwhistle-Kurashev with FA 4th.. I do so cuz I think we go in full rebuild. We just need a couple FA wings as half as good as Shanahan plus Gilbert and one more Gilbert type on D to protect our skill guys. That would give a few Brouwer-Eager-Gilbert types on roster. I know Strome is slow & doesn’t muck. …but give cat & Strome a mucker, the magic should return. Barratt is the wild card for me…he is skilled, mucks, works, leads by example. He could wing on 2nd 3 rd lines. “IF” we get lucky on draft this year ( a winger with size & grit)…maybe he sticks. I’m just tired of Bowman recycling. Let the colts run!!! OR…not. I await the pounding I am going to get from you!

  • April 6, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Tim 2, think Teply is ways away from top line player. Could be a couple of years yet before he plays Nhl games, only 19 and not a high pick so likely needs to learn the defensive end of it and work on other areas while matures and fills out to hopefully fill a power forward role.

  • April 7, 2020 at 5:53 am

    Ian- you may be right on that. I look at the scouting reports that talk about speed, work habits, 200 ft game, passing, stick skills, scoring. Teply has it all. Those attributes translated for Kane, For Cat. Probert 1st year, Probert tore it up on a line with Yzerman & Gallant. Then..,he became a pure enforcer. My pitch is-rebuild. Dach learned…now that he has his “ golf swing” down ( so to speak)…turn him loose. I feel the same way about Kubalik, Bsrratt, Mitchell, Gilbert, Boqvist, Beaudin, Entwhistle. We have a bad cap. Dunc & Seabs WONT agree to trade. We’re stuck. That juice youth brings to a club is “ infectious”. We just need a few protectors . In my view, we can’t do any worse…AND…the colts may Surprise. Peace out brah.

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