Friday, July 12, 2013

2013 Blackhawks Prospect Camp

"Expendable Youth"

As I have for the past few years, I took the trek out to Johnny's Ice House West to see the Blackhawks Prospect camp. Deep down, I love this kind of stuff, and in another life I may have been a scout. Judging talent is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine.

I was disappointed that a few of the top Hawks prospects weren't in camp:

  • Teuvo Teravainen was excused to limit extensive traveling, as a result of his involvement, in August, with the Finland U-20 team in NY.
  • First round pick this year, Ryan Hartman, was out with a shoulder injury.
  • Newly signed goalie and prospective future Rockford starter, Antti Raanta was out with a minor leg injury.
  • Draft pick from last year, and Andrew Shaw clone, Garrett Ross was a no show.
  • Kevin Hayes, who was the Hawks first round pick three years ago, didn't show up until Friday.

  • Below is my list of notes from the two days I was in attendance, and also, be sure to check out the over 250 pictures I snapped:

    Players in Green are Blackhawks Draftees and/or players under contract.
    Players in Orange are Free Agent invitees.

    2013 Prospect Camp
    79COHEN ADAIR6'1"20021Nothing of note
    76SAM BABINTSEV5'11"16718Nothing of note
    75JASON BAST5'10"19624Nothing of note.
    52ALEX BROADHURST6'0"17020One of the more talented forwards. Veteran of these camps. Nose for the net. Confident.
    72MILOS BUBELA6'3"18620Tall, lanky. Decent hands.
    20CHRIS CALNAN6'1"19019Worked well with Broadhurst on Tuesday. Gritty forward.
    4PHILLIP DANAULT6'1"19820Clear leader of the second group on Tuesday. Hawk for the puck. Does all the little things well, but nothing flashy. Certainly a defensive specialist.
    63GRAYSON DOWNING6'1"16721Every time I see this kid's name I think of KK Downing from Judas Priest. I know, this dates me. Nothing special on Tuesday, but made some really slick stick moves in the scrimmage on Thursday.
    64QUINN GOULD6'2"18523Nothing of note.
    48RYAN HARTMAN5'11"18118Hurt. Didn't play.
    83JOHN HAYDEN6'3"21018Big boy. Likes contact. Power forward type. Was flying around and sticking his nose into everything. Think of what Kyle Beach SHOULD have been. Click the text here to see his Blackhawks TV "Mic'd up" video
    15KEVIN HAYES6'3"20521Didn't show even though his Twitter said he was heading to Chicago Tuesday night. Eventually made it out Friday. Nice to see you could make it out, kid.
    22VINCENT HINOSTROZA5'9"16519No show on Tuesday, played on Thursday. Nothing of note.
    68MATT LORITO5'9"16523Scored the first goal of the scrimmage on Thursday after stealing the puck from Sam Jardine at the White team's blue line. Smallish, which will hold him back.
    43ANTHONY LOUIS5'7"14518Tiny. Quick feet. Bounces off defenders. Pro defenders would beat him to death, though. Once he puts on some weight, he may have a future.
    58CHRIS MCCARTHY6'1"19021Nothing of note.
    11MARK MCNEILL6'1"21420Clearly the leader of his group Tuesday. Really didn't show anything flashy. Growing into his body. He reminds me more of a Ryan Kesler type player.
    39TYLER MOTTE5'9"19018Saw him play, but nothing stood out.
    60PAT MULLANE5'11"19022Nothing special. Returning player
    54TIM O'BRIEN5'11"17020Quick hands. Nice shot. Scored a slick goal in Thursday's scrimmage
    46GARRET ROSS6'0"18221No show. A player I wanted to see more of since his freakish season in juniors this past year.
    70MAXIM SHALUNOV6'3"18720Got NHL size. Progressed from last year. His size could earn him time in Rockford within a year or two.
    59DARIO SIMION6'1"18519Skates well. May develop in time
    73GARRETT THOMPSON6'2"19123Nothing of note.
    37TRAVIS BROWN6'2"18619Looked really good Tuesday. Improved from last year. Johnny Oduya type of player.
    17JAKE CHELIOS6'2"18522Looks better than 12. Nothing spectacular. Played both wing and defense, but did neither exceptionally well.
    71LUKE CURADI6'5"24722Tall as hell, weighs almost 250 lbs, and moves well for big guy. Played wing in camp even though he's listed as a defenseman. Looks almost exactly like Bryan Bickell on the ice and plays that way too.
    38CARL DAHLSTROM6'3"21118Looks bigger than his size, and big shoulder pads make him look very broad shouldered. Lumbering. More slow and smooth. Would get walked at the pro level.
    6DILLON FOURNIER6'2"17519Really slick hands. Going to be good.
    8KIRILL GOTOVETS5'11"19422No show. I wanted to see this kid, who was acquired from Tampa for Philippe Paradis last season.
    28JUSTIN HOLL6'2"18021Returning player. Looks bigger than his stats say. Veteran of these camps. Click the text here to see his Blackhawks TV "Mic'd up" video.
    56SAM JARDINE6'1"19519Stocky. Physical. Looks to have recovered from a freak injury suffered at Ohio State, last year, where his leg was severely cut with a skate.
    44STEPHEN JOHNS6'4"22021Looked much better than 2 years ago. Still kind of slow when he gets out out position but a big body that likes contact. He is very intimidating, and can impose his will on others. Hawks want to sign him, but word is that he wants to finish another year at Notre Dame. It's time for him to go pro.
    62GLEB KORYAGIN6'0"18118Nothin of note
    55GUY LEBOEUF6'5"20023Large frame. Threw his body around a little bit at the scrimmage
    49ZACH LOESCH6'5"20420Another big guy. Hard shot
    86NICK MATTSON6'1"18521Expected to see something of note, and didn't.
    41ROBIN NORELL5'11"19218Smallish. Quick feet. Typical European d-man. Patient with the puck. Likes to shoot.
    47MICHAEL PALIOTTA6'3"19820Returning player that always seems to be around the puck. Kind od a defensive leader with Brown, and Holl.
    42ROBIN PRESS6'4"20518Nothing special of note. Decent size.
    65VIKTOR SVEDBERG6'9"22322Moves well like last year. Covers a ton of space with his wingspan alone. Going to be interesting to see how he handles AHL fowrads, this year. If he does well, it's not a stretch to say he'll end up in the NHL someday. He's no Zdeno Chara, but then again who is? Would be nice to see him put on 10 more lbs of muscle.
    51DAN WEISSENHOFER6'2"20021Nothing of note
    45NOLAN ZAJAC5'10"18220On the smaller side. Expected to see more after hearing that his brother Travis, in New Jersey, claims that Nolan is the best Zajac in the family. If he is, he didn't show it.
    85MAC CARRUTH6'4"18121Seems to get down on himself when he lets a bad shot go by. Covers upper half very well for a butterfly goalie. Had a freakish season in Portland, playing in front of future first round draft pick of the Nashville Preds, Seth Jones. Didn't play in the scrimmage
    33MATTHEW O'CONNOR6'5"19521Covers a lot of net. Slightly slow recovering for rebounds. Did nothing to hurt his chances. His size alone could end up getting him signed somewhere.
    31ANTTI RAANTA6'1"18924Minor injury held out. I was VERY disappointed about this. This guy was the major reason I went to camp in the first place.
    34KENT SIMPSON6'2"19021Leader of the goalies with Carruth. Solid. More traditional butterfly. More Confident than Carruth. didn't play in the scrimmage
    40MATT TOMKINS6'2"19021Nothing flashy. Just stops pucks. May be a silver lining late 11 pick. Had a rough 7 minute stretch in the scrimmage on Thursday, but recovered.
    30JACKSON WHISTLE6'1"19018Awkward stance. Definitely developing. Held his own in the scrimmage. Shut the white team out for 30 minutes.
    32BRANDON WHITNEY6'6"19819Looked good. Covers a lot of net but relies on position and size more than reflexes. Confident. Could be that next development goalie, after Carruth and Simpson, in the Hawks system.

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