Here’s a recap of what the Blackhawks added to their organization during this weekend’s NHL Draft:
1 (18) – Teuvo Teravainen, F, Jokerit (Finland)
Teravainen, who “plays a lot like Patrick Kane,” was ranked 5th by McKeens, 12th by The Hockey News and 7th by TSN. This is from McKeen’s final draft guide:
“Teravainen possesses hand skills that are unrivalled by any other prospect in this draft, registering the highest marks for his playmaking and puckhandling skills in this year’s draft class.”
He played for Jokerit Helsinki last season.
This is from TSN:
“He is elusive and is like a chess player in that he can anticipate moves 3-4 steps ahead of his opponent. Excellent agility and balance & he maneuvers away from danger and opposing checks very well. Great hands in traffic and he’s able to make any type of pass under any circumstance and he has a very good shot that makes him a multiple threat when he’s on the ice.”
He will return to play in Helsinki this year.
2 (48) – Dillon Fournier, D, Ryoun-Noranda (QMJHL)
Fourneir had nine goals and 29 assists in 52 games with Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL.
McKeens had Fournier ranked 114th, and Central Scouting ranked him the 136th North American skater in this year’s draft. The Blackhawks selected him at 48th overall.
Fournier is raw at the point, but with physical maturity he’s an attractive prospect due to the way he processes the game.
3 (79) – Chris Calnan, F, Nobles High School (Mass)
It appears Calnan was destined to become part of the Blackhawks organization. He’s from the same high school as 2010 first round pick Kevin Hayes, and is the nephew of Jeremy Roenick. He plans on attending Boston College, which also shouldn’t surprise Hawks fans; Ben Smith and Jimmy Hayes went to BC, Kevin Hayes is still there, and now Calnan will join him. He was ranked 78th overall by Mckeens.
The Hawks traded their 4th round pick (#109) to the San Jose Sharks for a 2012 7th round pick (#191) and a 4th round pick in 2013.
5 (139) – Garret Ross, F, Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Ross was a teammate of Brandon Saad in Saginaw this year, but he’s a different style of player. He’s been described as “mean” by many scouts, and fought Andrew Shaw in 2009. He had 54 points (25 goals, 29 assists) for Saginaw last year. He turned 20 in late May.
5 (149) – Travis Brown, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
Brown, like Ross, battled with a 2011 Blackhawks draft pick at one point in his life, fighting Mark McNeill this past February. He led Moose Jaw defenseman with seven goals and 24 assists in 66 games in his first WHL season last year. Central Scouting ranked Brown #89 among North American skaters.
6 (169) – Vincent Hinostroza, C, Waterloo (USHL)
From suburban Bartlett, Hinostroza had 44 points (20 goals 24 assists) in 55 games in the USHL last year.
7 (191) – Brandon Whitney, G, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
This could end up being the gem from the 2012 class for GM Stan Bowman. Whitney was the 73rd ranked prospect by Mckeens and Central Scouting rated him the #2 North American goalie entering this year’s draft.
7 (199) – Matt Tomkins, G, Sherwood Park (AJHL)
Eight picks after selecting Whitney, Bowman came back with another goalie in Tomkins. Central Scouting had Tomkins ranked 10th among North American goalies.
There were a number of high profile trades leading up to and during the 2012 NHL Draft, including Pittsburgh sending Jordan Staal to Carolina and Dallas sending Mike Ribeiro to Washington. Click here for a recap of all the trades that went down.