2021-22 Top 10 Chicago Blackhawks Prospects

The Chicago Blackhawks dynasty run is over. Rather than enter into complete take down and restore, they are doing a fast retool.

The old program was developed through the draft with foundation pieces of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford. The Hawks have actually purged numerous gamers consisting of Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Crawford.

Last year they missed out on Toews for the whole season and missed out on the playoffs, however instead of go complete tank mode, they traded their 2021 preliminary choice and this summer season obtained Seth Jones, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Tyler Johnson.

With Toews set to return the restore is over and Chicago wants to complete for a playoff area once again.

The possibility swimming pool has some appealing skill however is not one of the inmost in the league. It is closer to the bottom than the top.

The current graduation of gamers such as Ian Mitchell, Kirby Dach, Henrik Borgstrom, Philipp Kurashev, and young foundation on the lineup like Nicholas Beaudin will all require to play huge functions and continue to turn into future fundamental gamers.

  1. Nicolas Beaudin, D – Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)

Age: 21
Ht/Wt: 5-11/168
Drafted: 2018 round one, 27th total by Chicago Blackhawks

While Beaudin invested most of last season on the Hawks lineup, he still gets approved for the rankings having just played 20 profession NHL video games at the time of composing this ranking. That will alter quickly although it is most likely he divides time once again in between the AHL and NHL this season.

The undersized protector more than makes up for his absence of size with his elite-level movement and hockey sense. He is a real example of how the contemporary NHL defenseman can be effective. While at the AHL level in 2015 he produced over a point per video game with Rockford and was likewise able to score 2 objectives and 6 points in 19 NHL video games. Beaudin completed the project at the World Championship with Canada however had just one point. He will be a huge part of the Hawks success in the future if they are to have any as a top-pairing protector with Seth Jones.

  1. Lukas Reichel, LW – Eisbaren Berlin (DEL)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt 6-0/170
Drafted: 2020 round one, 17th total by Chicago Blackhawks

Ranked as an early second-round possibility, the Hawks snagged him at 17th total in 2020. His D+1 year had some ups and downs. His point production in DEL and his function enhanced, however he missed out on the WJC with COVID after publishing 5 points in the competition in his draft year. He did get some global time with Germany at the World Championship and published 6 points in 9 video games. His play because competition sufficed for Chicago to sign him to his ELC and Reichel will pertain to North America to play in the AHL for the coming season.

Reichel plays a strong two-way video game and is trending towards ending up being a top-six winger and making the Hawks look wise for reaching on him at the 2020 draft.

  1. Wyatt Kalynuk, D – Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)

Age: 24
Ht/Wt: 6-1/181
Drafted: 2017 round 7, 196th total by Philadelphia Flyers

Kalynuk is a really intriguing profile. Undrafted in 2015 and 2016, he was lastly picked by the Flyers in the seventh round. After 3 strong seasons in the NCAA as a Wisconsin Badger publishing 78 points in 110 profession video games, he chose to sign as a totally free representative with Chicago.

After just 8 video games in the AHL as a novice he currently had 10 points. That made him an NHL recall and he never ever returned. In 21 video games with the Hawks, he had 4 objectives and 9 points. His offending video game has actually clearly equated to not just the professional level however in the NHL also.

The issue is his protective side revealed indications of weak point in the NHL. It might be best for his advancement to get huge minutes in the AHL to begin in his sophomore season, however currently 24-years-old he requires to develop himself as an NHL gamer quickly. His skating and offending benefit are NHL prepared, however will he have the ability to see offending release and PP time on a group that boasts Seth Jones, Nic Beaudin and Ian Mitchell ahead of him, with Alec Regula close behind also?

  1. Alec Regula, D – Rockford Ice Hogs (AHL)

Ht/Wt: 6-4/207
Drafted: 2018 round 3, 67th total by Detroit Red Wings

After being obtained in a trade from the Red Wings, Regula went back to the London Knights in the OHL and had a breakout 2019-20 season with 27 objectives and 60 points in 56 video games. Last year was his novice season as a professional and he had a hard time to bring the offending expertise with 4 points in 16 video games in the AHL. However, the 6-4 right-shot protector played a really sound protective video game and made his NHL recall. He played 3 video games with the Hawks however was held meaningless.

Regula has a heavy shot and moves well for a gamer with his size. He might never ever play in a leading offending function in the NHL however he brings a great deal of worth with his movement, size, shot, and protective capability.

  1. Drew Commesso, G – Boston University (NCAA)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-2/181
Drafted: 2020 round 2, 46th total by Chicago Blackhawks

Only Yaroslav Askarov was prepared greater than Commesso in the 2020 draft. His 18-7-0 record with USNTDP was remarkable and his D+1 year as a freshman starter for the Boston terriers was excellent. The NCAA sample size was little, 11 video games generally due to COVID, however his numbers were excellent. He even made a lineup area with Team U.S.A. at the World Championship, however as the 4th goalie behind more recognized gamers, and did not see any video game time.

Commesso is a positionally sound goalie, with a great deal of self-confidence. He plays high in the crease to challenge shooters and fasts and skilled at playing and dealing with the puck. The 19-year-old has little competitors for the title of future Chicago beginning goalie however will require numerous years of advancement prior to he is prepared to play that function. Look for a couple of more seasons as the starter with the Terriers prior to he sees AHL playing time, however the benefit exists as a beginning franchise goalie.

  1. Wyatt Kaiser, D – University of Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-0/172
Drafted: 2020 round 3, 81st total by Chicago Blackhawks

The Hawks prepared the “offensive defenseman” out of the USHS where he had 9 objectives and 34 points in 25 high school video games. His D+1 season as an NCAA freshman on a leading group at the University of Minnesota-Duluth was an eye-brow raiser, to state the least. While his offending video game did not rollover without any objectives and 10 points through 28 video games, he was a top-pairing protector for the Bulldogs and lead the defense in scoring. He played huge minutes and got rave evaluations for his protective play.

Kaiser is a really strong skater with speed and dexterity. His lateral movement and pivots are extremely improved in addition to his stride. Kaiser will play another year or more with the Bulldogs playing leading minutes. If he can develop his offending video game without compromising his protective dependability, his benefit ends up being extremely appealing. The Hawks might have discovered a gem with a third-round choice as Kaiser is a fast-rising possibility in their system.

  1. Evan Barratt, C/LW – Rockford IceHogs (AHL)

Age: 22
Ht/Wt: 6-0/187
Drafted: 2017 round 3, 90th total by Chicago Blackhawks

Barratt is a possibility trending in the incorrect instructions. After being a third-round choice, he went to Penn State and had a breakout sophomore season with 43 points in 32 video games, and won a Silver Medal with U.S.A. at the WJC. His offending production fell back in his 3rd season with the Nittany Lions and last season as an AHL novice, his production was excellent with 14 points in 27 video games.

Barratt has a great shot and plays a gritty and physical video game. His offending vision isn’t excellent, however his shot is NHL level. Defensively he is sound, however his liability is his skating. His movement is below par and his velocity is a warning also. His NHL benefit is likely a third-line gamer, however he requires to enhance his skating to make it. So far there have actually been no indications of that as his skating has actually constantly been his greatest issue.

  1. Landon Slaggert,  LW/C – University of Notre Dame (NCAA)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-0/181
Drafted: 2020 round 3, 79th total by Chicago Blackhawks

Slaggert is a banger who enjoys to strike and play a gritty physical video game. He is an agitator regardless of doing not have a hulking frame. He had a strong freshman season with the Fighting Irish publishing 22 points in 25 video games and just 10 charge minutes regardless of his aggressive design of play. His play made him a function on Team U.S.A. at the WJC. In an inspecting function he was held meaningless however assisted win the Gold Medal to contribute to his resume. He might not forecast above a bottom-six function, however the Hawks are hoping he has some Andrew Shaw upside in a couple of years.

  1. Colton Dach, C/LW – Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

Age: 18
Ht/Wt: 6-4/205
Drafted: 2021 round 2, 62nd total by Chicago Blackhawks

It was a summertime of Brotherly love in Chicago as the Hawks unified the Jones and Dach siblings. Colton, the more youthful sibling of Kirby does not have the super star benefit of his older sibling however does have some resemblances.

He has excellent size at 6-4 and 205 pounds at 18-years-old. He is showing to be an offensively hazardous gamer publishing point per video game offense in the WHL. But the huge issue in his video game is his skating. Bigger gamers can take longer to improve their skating and balance. If Dach can get his skating to much better than average at the junior level and continue to enhance to a minimum of typical at the professional level, the Hawks might have a gamer here.

  1. Andrei Altybarmakyan, RW – Rockford IceHogas (AHL)

Age: 23
Ht/Wt: 5-11/192
Drafted: 2017 round 3, 70th total by Chicago Blackhawks

The small Russian winger played 3 seasons in Russia bouncing in between the KHL, VHL, MHL, and global play. His function in the KHL was restricted, and he used some bad groups, however his production revealed development. After signing his ELC he made his launching in North America in the AHL and in 29 video games had 12 points. Not bad on a bad group.

Despite being small in stature he has fun with strength and a really high complete level. His ability level is fancy and remarkable and his skating is not a liability either. He is a really flexible gamer. His complete and forecheck make him a functional bottom-six, and his ability level makes him a prospect for a top-six function. Altybarmakyan had an excellent novice camp and preseason and need to see a larger function in the AHL this year.

Honorable Mentions:

Nolan Allan Was the Hawks 2021 first-round choice, 32nd total. His benefit is doubtful however his video game is strong enough to make him a safe if not hot choice.

Alex Vlasic is a beast of a protective defenseman playing huge minutes for Boston U. His offending video game is restricted however enhancing. At the NHL level, he would be a bottom pairing shutdown person.

Michal Teply Produced well in the WHL however is having a hard time to stay up to date with the speed and speed at the professional level. He’s trending in the incorrect instructions.

Mackenzie Entwistle enhanced in his 2nd professional season and was remembered to the Hawks and scored his very first profession NHL objective. The flexible winger might end up being a routine on a monitoring line.

Mike Hardman signed as a totally free representative out of Boston College and played the last 8 video games in the NHL with 3 points. The 22-year-old most likely sees a season in the AHL this year.

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