Traverse City Prospect Tournament Update

On Tuesday afternoon the Blackhawks prospects lost to the Minnesota Wild’s prospects at the Traverse City tournament. With the loss, Chicago’s record falls to 1-3; their one win was a 5-0 thumping of Detroit on Saturday.

A lot of buzz has been generated by defenseman Gustav Forsling, who is tied for the team lead with 11 shots on goal and a plus-four rating. As Scott Powers wrote at The Athletic over the weekend, Forsling appears to be NHL ready right now. How the Blackhawks handle him moving forward this fall will be interesting; he has the option to return to his team overseas if he doesn’t make the NHL roster, and the Blackhawks’ blue line appears to be full right now.

Alex DeBrincat, the Hawks’ top pick in this summer’s draft, has a goal as does Tyler Motte, who will be in the mix for a roster spot in Chicago when camp opens this weekend. Nick Schmaltz has only played in one game in the tournament.

Alexandre Fortin, who was a free agent sensation this summer at prospect camp, is the leading scorer on the team with two goals through four games.

Luke Johnson has had a very good tournament as well. He is tied with Forsling for the team lead with 11 shots on goal and has scored once in four contests.

Click here to view the entire tournament schedule.

Click here to view the Blackhawks’ prospect stats for the tournament.

Click here for a tremendous collection of photos from the tournament on Flickr.

16 thoughts on “Traverse City Prospect Tournament Update

  • September 21, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Schmaltz had a minor injury, so that’s unfortunate. The more I read about Forsling the more I think about a young Duncan Keith. Keith is an inch taller and 11 pounds heavier. Both left shots. Forsling’s strengths remind me of Keith. You wonder if they try to make a trade of some sort to make room for him. The only player that you’d probably trade is TvR.

    Speaking of trades anyone else been following the mess in Dallas? Nichuskin doesnt like Ruff. Been rumored he signed a 2 year deal in the KHL and Ruff’s deal expires in 2 years. You wonder if they’d try to trade him for something as theyre clearly in win now. Seguin has a hairline fracture in his heel so that really hurts the stars if he can’t start the season. Hawks could use a big cheap young left winger. Nichuskin has shown flashes but his year 2 injury hurt. If only Dallas wasnt in the division.

  • September 21, 2016 at 10:12 am

    When I first saw Clendening play in the WJC my impression was he did not have the makings of an NHL game . I know he had a couple of decent years in Rockford but he was still the same guy. So when we moved him to Canucks for an emerging talent like Forsling I was thrilled. I know it’s a longshot but I wondered if this might be another Leddylike steal. Far too early to say, but so far so good.

  • September 21, 2016 at 10:56 am

    On another note, there was a previous post about the season tickets no longer being printed. I share my tickets with others. Has anyone else gone through the transferring of tickets to others? I just transferred 26 games to the others and man what a tedious process it was. Took about 500 mouse clicks just for me to do so. The others said it took quite a bit of time to accept those transfers from me and then to print them out. There were 52 emails to me confirming the transfers and then another 52 emails confirming that the others accepted the transfers. You have to transfer the tickets and then the parking pass that comes with the 2nd level tickets. Quite an inconvenience so the Blackhawks could save on the cost of printing. I have not tried any other aspects of this ticket handling change. Regardless, so far it looks like it saved them money and put more inconvenience on the customers.

  • September 21, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Ernie, I mentioned the possible “trade TvR” several weeks ago… only to the chagrin of some… I guess some disagreed with my giving TvR as much value- as trade chip…
    But- I can see TvR being moved for “prospect LW” – Armia type guy.

    But- if SB gets lucky… and some D guys go down on teams that are all ready short on the D side… And Hawks like what Kempny/Pokka/Forsling do in Camp… to me it is a real possibility. And I really like TvR’s IQ/instincts- plays way better than his skill set.

  • September 21, 2016 at 11:12 am

    The other thing you have to wonder is if Forsling would accept an AHL gig. We know he has a European assignment clause. But he doesn’t have to use it. Then again, Rockford is stacked with bodies. Pokka,Press,Dahlstrom,Svedberg, Gustafsson,Norell,Valleau,Fournier, Schilling.

    I would not be surprised to get 9 or less to start the year then go overseas.

  • September 21, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Had a planned long weekend in the Traverse City area and saw all four Blackhawk games. Lots of front office and scouting types there from Chicago.

    The guy I really liked was the goaltender Brent Moran. 20 yr. old, big kid, would say 6’4 and he only let in two goals total in his two games. They are pretty filled up with bodies in goal but it will be interesting if they sign him. Although it was just based on two games he played so a limited sample.

    Alexandre Fortin came on as the games progressed. Pretty invisible in the first game but the last three he was better. Very good speed and I liked his hockey sense, he knows how to create. Would be surprised if they don’t lock him into a contract.

    Others – Debrincat didn’t stand out to me, the center they picked this year Nathan Noel is fundamentally sound and plays with a chip on his shoulder. Graham Knott who they drafted as a wing played center. I also thought the Russian kid defenseman Osipov played the body well – he almost got into a scrap the first game but for some reason was scratched a game, I think they had an extra d-man on the roster and wanted everybody to play.

    It wasn’t clean play at all. A lot of turnovers from all the teams, you could tell it was September hockey. Personally I wouldn’t take too much from the results, or the tournament in general, I suspect it was more to see how well these kids compete. You could tell the players were not in top game shape.

    Luke Johnson has this weird habit of dropping down to his knees on face offs to try to gain leverage. He’s a pretty well rounded player, they had him out there killing penalties and he actually scored one shortie.

    Seemed to me the Blackhawks have a lot of smaller guys. The goalie Moran is big, so is Knott and so are Radke and Bondra but not many others. Bondra has some skill but is (was) very inconsistent shift to shift, he looked lost out there sometimes. Same with Radke.

    That’s about all off the top. Fun to see the prospects play and Traverse City is a nice town.

  • September 21, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    No need to get rid of TVR and his cheap contract, would be better trade some big contract to have more cap space.
    Forsling can get his feet wet this season and replace Campbell for next.

    2017/18 Dmen:
    Hjalmarsson – Keith
    Forsling – Seabrook
    Kempny – TVR / Pokka

    Trade Seabrook if TVR or Pokka emerges in top 4 Dman…

  • September 22, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Moon- I like the idea of Moving Seabs (big contract)… but I think it such a bad contract… there will not be any takers…

    I Hope he has a solid year… then it could happen… but every year that the big guy ages… will be tougher to move (excluding last year of contract- where its the old “win cup for that team that is looking for PO experienced vet”)

  • September 22, 2016 at 9:20 am

    You guys do realize Seabrook put up career highs in goals and points last year right?

  • September 22, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Ernie that makes him an asset and possible trade chip-his value will only drop–
    it depends on looking at next year and the Cup-which is an outside hope or looking at the longer term health of the team-
    Huge fan of his and don’t think it will happen but I’ve been surprised a couple times in the last few years-

  • September 22, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Regarding Seabs being traded ,.,.,.what are you boys smoking? And, i do not want any!
    Seabs is our iron man, he has missed 5 games in his CAREER ,put up his best numbers all time , scores KEY game winners ,He also does not take STUPID penalties ,get suspended or require surgeries to hold him self together . Solid low maintenance man , You boys got Kempeny all penciled in and all i have seen from him is ,cough ups and poor p.p. work . Numbers 7 for the Hawks is why our team has those cup rings ,he is paid accordingly .Wanna take a step backwards ????/trade Seabs !

  • September 22, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I like Seabs too… thought he was better in 2010 then Keith… but I just don’t see him being much of an asset back part of that contract… imo- big guys age quicker and decline faster than the “average sized guys”… thought he skated poorly at times (even though he put up the good numbers)

    I heard his back was ailing him in the PO’s… don’t know when back issue started- but – to me he seemed “off” latter part of season.

    Just a matter of money/Cap$$$/etc.- and filling in the needs of the roster…
    same reasons for My past Crow rants

  • September 22, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Xyz’er you are right about Noel. He has speed to burn and great offensive instincts and can cycles the corners and for his size does play chippy. He just needs to work on his D game and get stronger

  • September 22, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Sorry above was me ^

  • September 24, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Did the deadline pass to sign Fortin, does anybody know, if we signed him I missed that.

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