Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Camp Preview: Forwards

Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Camp Preview: Forwards

In the wake of the blockbuster deals for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the organization will have most of their top prospects in town to compete for roster spots in Rockford and, perhaps, Chicago.

Earlier, we discussed the defensemen attending this year's Blackhawks prospect camp. Now, let's look at the forwards on the roster.

There's some pretty good size coming to camp this year. Beau Starrett (6-5, 197), John Hayden (6-3, 210), Dennis Rasmussen (6-3, 201), Jack Ramsey (6-3, 175) and free agent Samuel Walser (6-3, 218) will all make poor Anthony Louis (5-7, 145) look tiny on the ice.

But a couple of the shorter players - Louis and Vince Hinostroza (5-9, 165) - aren't likely to be intimidated. Louis registered 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 36 games with Miami (Ohio) last season while Hinostroza posted 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 24 games at Notre Dame.

At 24, Rasmussen will be the oldest signed player at the camp, and he'll certainly be one of the guys looking to make an impression.

Later this summer, three of the forwards in attendance at the Hawks' camp will be at USA Hockey's evaluation camp for the 2014 World Junior Championships: Hayden, Louis and 2014 first round pick Nick Schmaltz. Tyler Motte, who is not on the Hawks' camp roster after a good first season at the University of Michigan, is also expected to attend the USA Hockey camp.

Schmaltz, Luke Johnson (the Hawks' fifth round pick in 2013), and defenseman Nick Mattson will be teammates at North Dakota this winter. There will be four Ohio State Buckeyes in attendance next week as well.

Among the free agent forwards, there's one Big Ten player to keep an eye on next week. Tanner Fritz just finished his third season at Ohio State and tied for the team lead with 24 assists in 32 games.

Teuvo Teräväinen
Draft: 1st round (18) - 2012
2013-14 Team(s): Jokerit (Finland), Rockford (AHL), Chicago (NHL)

Phillip Danault
Draft: 1st round (26) - 2011
2013-14 Team: Rockford (AHL)

Mark McNeill
Draft: 1st round (18) - 2011
2013-14 Team: Rockford (AHL)

Ryan Hartman
Draft: 1st round (30) - 2013
2013-14 Team(s): Plymouth (OHL), Rockford (AHL)

Nick Schmaltz
Draft: 1st round (20) - 2014
2013-14 Team: Green Bay (USHL)

Vince Hinostroza
Draft: 6th round (169) - 2012
2013-14 Team: Notre Dame (NCAA)

John Hayden
Draft: 3rd round (74) - 2013
2013-14 Team: Yale (NCAA)

Garret Ross
Draft: 5th round (139) - 2012
2013-14 Team: Rockford (AHL)

Dennis Rasmussen
Acquired: Free Agent (2014)
2013-14 Team: Vaxjo HC (Sweden)

Chris Calnan
Draft: 3rd round (79) - 2012
2013-14 Team: Boston College (NCAA)

Alex Broadhurst
Draft: 7th round (199) - 2011
2013-14 Team: Rockford (AHL)

Matt Carey
Acquired: Free Agent (2014)
2013-14 Team(s): St. Lawrence (NCAA), Chicago (NHL)

Matheson Iacopelli
Draft: 3rd round (83) - 2014
2013-14 Team: Muskegon (USHL)

Luke Johnson
Draft: 5th round (134) - 2013
2013-14 Team: North Dakota (NCAA)

Anthony Louis
Draft: 6th round (181) - 2013
2013-14 Team: Miami (OH) (NCAA)

Fredrick Olofsson
Draft: 4th round (98) - 2014
2013-14 Team(s): Green Bay (USHL), Chicago (USHL)

Beau Starrett
Draft: 3rd round (88) - 2014
2013-14 Team: South Shore (USPHL)

Dylan Sikura
Draft: 6th round (178) - 2014
2013-14 Team: Aurora (OJHL)

Jack Ramsey
Draft: 7th round (208) - 2014
2013-14 Team: Penticton (BCHL)

The Free Agents

  • Zachary Aston-Reese (Northeastern)
  • Michael Borkowski (Colgate)
  • Cody Caron (Niagara - OHL)
  • Tanner Fritz (Ohio State)
  • Quinn Gould (Merrimack)
  • Cole Gunner (Air Force)
  • Ryan Hitchcock (USNTDP)
  • Nolan La Porte (Western Michigan)
  • Joni Nikko (Lukko - Finland)
  • John Stevens (Northeastern)
  • Nolan Stevens (USNTDP)
  • Samuel Walser (Davos - Switzerland)
  • Brian Ward (St. Lawrence)
  • Matthew Zay (Mercyhurst - AHA)

Missing?

  • Joakim Nordstrom
  • Drew LeBlanc
  • Tyler Motte (Michigan)
  • Kevin Hayes (Boston College)

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