Thursday, July 14, 2016

"Summer Camping"
Blackhawks Prospect Camp
News and Notes

I took some time to attend the Blackhawks annual prospect and development camp, this week, at Johnny's Icehouse West. I spent the better part of 2 days watching drills and a few scrimmages involving kids that are, for the most part, 2 to 3 years from even sniffing the AHL.

The organization invited roughly twenty five college and junior free agent players to join their forty-something prospects, for a little summer camp action. I cannot complain one bit, as it's still fun to enjoy hockey while it is 90 degrees outside.

I took notes on a majority of the players, and those that didn't stand out, I just omitted. Take a gander, below, at what I have complied.

The players that are highlighted and marked with an asterisk have their rights held by the Blackhawks organization.

Radovan Bondra*Nice size, moves well, protects the puck.
Mathias From*Nice goal on Wednesday. Looks taller than listed 6'1". Not afraid of contact. Kind of a kamikaze.
Graham Knott*No idea what to think of this kid. Seen him a few times, and nothing stands out. Just "a guy"
Daniil MiromanovGood size. Looks more bulky than listed 185 lbs. Moves well for a big player. Has some hands.
Nathan Noel*Looks small and thin. OK little player, but needs some weight on him.
Fredrik Olofsson*OK size. Didn't stand out, but didn't look over matched either.
Beau Starrett*Looks huge compared to everyone else. Not overly slow. Didn't show up on the score sheet, but could be a bottom 6 size guy with some talent. For some reason Adam Creighton came to mind.
Liam Coughlin*Decent size. Could be a decent bottom 6 PF
John Dahlstrom*Something about him seems "frumpy". Doesn't look short, but has a "wideness" to him. Sort of slow.
Alex DeBrincat*Short and stocky. Quick. Good hands. Desperately needs some more bulk.
Alexandre FortinThis kid was everywhere. Had 5 goals during the week and was all over the ice. Someone needs to give him a shot.
Matheson Iacopelli*
Decent size. Benefited from teammates having a good camp. Nothing special, but not a liability either
Roy Radke*Had a really good '15 camp. Potential is there. Has an edge to him, and protects the puck well. Can certainly see him playing in RFD soon.
Jack Ramsey*Actually looks bigger than listed 191 lbs. Kind of a power mold
Dylan Sikura*Set up Dahlstrom for the GWG on Wed with a nice cross slot pass on the back door.
Ryan Hartman*Smaller than perceived. Little sandpaper edge.
John Hayden*Big lumbering forward. Aggressive. Likes to use his size to intimidate.
Vincent Hinostroza*
Small and "water buggy" type. If he can't avoid hits, he'll end up getting murdered.
Luke Johnson*Seems like a "4th line" faceless player
Tanner Kero*A guy, basically.
Anthony Louis*Tiny. Tinier than Hinostroza. Going to take a lot to impress at the NHL level
Tyler Motte*Surprisingly Smallish. Didn't stand out.
Nick Schmaltz*Did nothing spectacular. Had a flash of speed in drills but, by no means, stood out.
Lucas Carlsson*Loves to activate. Wants the puck on his stick. Offensive d-man. Made a nice 1-on-1 offensive move during scrimmage.
Johan IvarssonMoves pretty well, like you would expect from a European D man.
Jake Ryczek*Looks small. Going to need to gain speed if he doesn't want to get killed in the NHL or put on some muscle.
Blake Hillman*Staff seemed to be working a lot with him.
Chad Krys*Had a commanding presence. Needs some bulk or he'll get pushed around
Andreas Soderberg*
Tall and thin. Lanky. Sat near him Monday and he looked almost frail.
Joni Tuulola*Seems to have the attention of the staff. Nothing of note on Mon. Doesn't seem 6'3", as listed. Another solid european defenseman
Carl Dahlstrom*Moves like Frankenstein. Has great size, but struggles to keep up. Looks like a younger Rozsival with equivalent speed
Roman DyukovSlick hands. Smallish but moves very well. Skates with his head down too much, though
Gustav Forsling*Composed. Decent size. Smooth.
Michal Kempny*No Show Mon. Clearly older and more dominant. Aggressive.
Robin Norell*Like Press, smart and moves well.
Robin Press*Good size, and speed to go along with it. much more mobile than Dahlstrom.
Nikita UstinenkoRangy but thin. Could get easily manhandled.
Jack BurgartDoes not look the listed 6'5", by any stretch of the imagination.
Collin DeliaLove his movement in net. Smooth, efficient. My favorite goalie of camp. Season stats not impressive, but passes the eye test. Hobey Baker nominee with Motte, and Schmaltz
Evgeny KiselevNothing really special. Avg size and ability.
Connor LaCouveeSmaller. Return to camp. Like how he holds his glove higher. Not overly aggressive
Rob McGovernCouldn't get over his white/baby blue pads. Unspectacular. Didn't look the listed 240 lbs
Shane StarrettBeau Starrett's older brother. BIG, BIG, BIG!
Jake Hildebrand*Smaller than the others. Relaxed positioning. Shows some composure but lack of size can hurt. Has a good glove hand
Wouter Peeters*Low very wide stance, holds glove low and tight. Looks smaller as a result
Matt Tomkins*3rd camp. Solid, unspectacular but clearly the "veteran" of the goalies.

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