Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Camp Preview: Defensemen

Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Camp Preview: Defensemen

The Blackhawks prospect camp opens this weekend, and many of the organization's top prospects will be on the ice.

As has been the trend with the Blackhawks under Stan Bowman's guidance, there will be a strong college flavor at prospect camp. Of the blue line group at this year's camp, 11 players saw action in an NCAA game during the 2013-14 season; Adam Clendening also came from the college ranks, leaving Boston University after the 2011-12 campaign.

It's disappointing to see that Klas Dahlbeck isn't on the roster, but one defenseman to keep an eye on is Carl Dahlström. Listed at 6-4 and 215 pounds, the 19-year-old was a second round pick by the Hawks last summer and will be one of the bigger players in camp. He's uses his size well and is also a smooth puck handler as well.

Let's take a look at the defensemen on this year's camp roster.

Stephen Johns
Draft: 2nd round (60) - 2010
2013-14 Team(s): Notre Dame (NCAA), Rockford (AHL)

Adam Clendening
Draft: 2nd round (36) - 2011
2013-14 Team: Rockford (AHL)

Trevor vanRiemsdyk
Acquired: Free Agent (2014)
2013-14 Team: New Hampshire (NCAA)

Carl Dahlström
Draft: 2nd round (51) - 2013
2013-14 Team: Linköping (Sweden)

Michael Paliotta
Draft: 3rd round (70) - 2011
2013-14 Team: Vermont (NCAA)

Dillon Fournier
Draft: 2nd round (48) - 2012
2013-14 Team: Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL)

Robin Norell
Draft: 4th round (111) - 2013
2013-14 Team: Djurgården (Sweden)

Robin Press
Draft: 7th round (211) - 2013
2013-14 Team: Sodertalje (Sweden)

Luc Snuggerud
Draft: 5th round (141) - 2014
2013-14 Team: Omaha (USHL)

Sam Jardine
Draft: 6th round (169) - 2011
2013-14 Team: Ohio State (NCAA)

Nick Mattson
Draft: 6th round (180) - 2010
2013-14 Team: North Dakota (NCAA)

Mathieu Brisebois
Acquired: Trade (from PHX with D. Rundblad)
2013-14 Team(s): Portland (AHL), Rockford (AHL)

Paul Phillips
Draft: 7th round (195) - 2009
2013-14 Team(s): Denver (NCAA), Colorado (ECHL)

The Free Agents:

  • Drew Brevig (Ohio State)
  • Brenden Kotyk (Minnesota-Duluth)
  • Ryan Obuchowski (Yale)
  • Troy Strecher (North Dakota)
  • Michael Young (Nebraska-Omaha)
  • Dean Kukan
  • Christian Marti
  • Oliver Mebus

Missing?

  • Klas Dahlbeck
  • Viktor Svedberg

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