Who’s Missing From The Blackhawks’ Camp Roster?

On Monday morning, the Blackhawks announced their summer camp roster. A few notable veteran names – Andrew Shaw and Zack Smith – are not on the roster because of injuries.

However, a few prospects aren’t on the roster. What does this mean to their future with the organization?

Anton Wedin
Age: 27
Contract: UFA this summer

Wedin signed with the Hawks last May and appeared in four NHL games this season without a point. He scored seven goals with 10 assists in 31 games with Rockford this season. Wedin is headed to unrestricted free agency this summer and, at 27, will likely play for another organization next year.

Dennis Gilbert
Age: 23
Contract: Expires after 2020-21 season – $925k cap hit

UPDATE: Gilbert announced on July 16 that he needed season-ending wrist surgery, explaining his name being absent from the playoff roster. Gilbert appeared in 21 games with the Blackhawks during the 2019-20 regular season before the shutdown, collecting one goal and two assists. With one season remaining on his contract, he isn’t headed to free agency yet. With the return of both Brent Seabrook and Calvin de Haan, he is likely on the outside looking in for time on the ice. However, the Hawks carrying a few other prospects is intriguing.

Alexandre Fortin
Age: 23
Contract: RFA this summer

Fortin impressed in training camp a couple years ago but never stuck on the NHL roster. He appeared in 24 games with the Hawks during the 2018-19 season, scoring three goals with three assists. He scored 18 goals in 144 games with Rockford over the past three seasons. With him looking for a new deal this summer, his time with the Blackhawks organization may be coming to a close.

Joni Tuulola
Age: 24
Contract: RFA this summer

Tuulola was originally a sixth round pick by the Hawks in 2015. He appeared in 108 games with Rockford over the past two seasons but has yet to get on the NHL ice with Chicago. With other young defensemen getting a look in summer camp and Ian Mitchell joining the organization next year, his next contract may be elsewhere.

Ian McCoshen
Age: turns 25 on Aug. 5
Contract: RFA this summer

McCoshen was acquired from Florida for forward Aleksi Saarela in October. In 56 games with Rockford this season he scored twice and accumulated 74 penalty minutes. He was originally the 31st overall selection in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft by Florida and appeared in 60 games for the Panthers before being traded to Chicago. His future is intriguing; the Hawks paid an interestingly high price for him and he brings a physical element to the blue line. But the organization’s depth on the blue line makes it tricky to find ice time for him in Chicago or Rockford.

Jacob Nilsson
Age: 26
Contract: RFA this summer

Nilsson signed with Chicago after the 2017-18 season and scored 15 goals with 17 assists in 61 games his first AHL season with Rockford. He appeared in two NHL contests with the Hawks during the 2018-19 season. He posted 21 points in 62 games with the IceHogs this season. Heading to RFA this summer likely means his future isn’t with the Blackhawks organization.

Joseph Cramarossa
Age: 27
Contract: UFA this summer

Cramarossa was acquired from Pittsburgh for Graham Knott in October. He scored five goals with seven assists in 42 games after the trade. Originally a third round pick by Anaheim in the 2011 NHL Draft, Cramarossa has appeared in 59 NHL games with Anaheim and Vancouver; his last stint in the NHL was with the Canucks during the 2016-17 season. He will likely leave the organization this summer.

TJ Brennan
Age: 31
Contract: UFA this summer

This was Brennan’s second run with the Blackhawks organization. He was acquired from the Islanders in the Nick Leddy trade six years ago but was traded to Toronto for Spencer Abbott the following season. Chicago brought him back this year, trading forward Nathan Noel to Philadelphia for him in late February. He hasn’t appeared in an NHL game since the 2015-16 season and will be playing somewhere else next year.

15 thoughts on “Who’s Missing From The Blackhawks’ Camp Roster?

  1. Wedin and Nilsso already signed with European teams, so weren’t coming back. Interesting Gilbert only eligible player under contract not in camp.

  2. I’ve been a fan of Fortin and had hoped he would get another chance with the Hawks … that seems doubtful now.

    A similar “swimming against the tide” sentiment of mine is thinking Sykura is an NHL talent that I hope gets another shot at playing for the Hawks. Still holding out hope on that one.

  3. Mitchell has until 4pm Wednesday to declare his intention if he wants to burn an elc year or not.

  4. I’m not a Gilbert fan and think the Hawks have a number of young d-men who are better than Gilbert, even though Gilbert brings more physical play than all or most of them. I think we’ve seen Gilbert’s ceiling and it’s essentially as a third or fourth option as an injury replacement. Cut bait.

  5. ISN, I don’t understand the whole Mitchell signing thing. Why wouldn’t he sign his ELC to burn a year so he can get to his 2nd contract in 2 years rather than 3 years. What would be the disadvantage for him to not sign it?

  6. Ebony I was thinking the same thing about Mitchell.
    Regarding Gilbert Insaw him play in college and at times he looked too slow there, so I began with a negative opinion, but then recently I thought maybe he might be alright…5-6-7 D in the NHL, bit perhaps not.

  7. EB good question, only thing i could think of is if he has a bonus loaded 3rd year, he could potentially earn up to 4m salary bonus combined. If trying to resign with Dach and Boqvist that year instead of next, after a few years of flat cap, he has a better negotiating next year and earning potential with elc and not burning it.

  8. I like fortin but it looks like he’s on the outside. Surprised Gilbert didn’t make the extra roster. Rather have him then seeler

  9. Ian, that’s at least a plausible explanation which is better than no explanation.

  10. Possible they indicated they didn ‘t want to play also, and left them off for that reason.

  11. Ian makes a good point – some of these players may have opted to not participate.

    However, given the contractual situations of some of the younger players included in this list, their futures with the organization (with the exception of Gilbert) have huge question marks moving forward.

  12. My only surprise would be Fortin.Don’t know why he has not been at least given an opportunity.

  13. The strange thing is, Gilbert had been practicing in the informal workouts.
    There must be more to this. Injury perhaps ?

    I’ve got my feelers out back in Buffalo.

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