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Hawks Prospects in the NCAA Tournament

By Brian Kasnicka
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Anthony Louis, Forward, Miami(OH), Sophomore

Anthony Louis is 5’9 playmaking machine.  He registered eight goals and twenty-six assists in thirty-six games played this season.  The Blackhawks have to be impressed with his progression and his play-making abilities.  Although Louis is on the smaller size that hasn’t stopped him from putting up some impressive numbers on an always impressive Miami Redhawks team.  Louis is still at least another year away from an entry-level contract.

John Hayden, Forward, Yale, Sophomore

Hayden is a big, gritty player that isn’t afraid to use his big frame to win battles in the corner, drive to the front of the net, or just wallop you.  Hayden wore an “A” at the world junior championships for team USA.  Hayden has seven goals and eleven assists in twenty-eight games played this season.  Hayden is still developing his offensive side more, but is a solid shut down forward who could easily slide into a third line role.  I don’t see the Hawks trying to ink Hayden this season, but in the future he will be a force down the middle for the Hawks.

Luc Snuggerud, Defenseman, Nebraska-Omaha, Freshman

Snuggerud was drafted this past year in the fifth round.  He has two goals and twelve assists in thirty-six games this season.  Snuggerud is 5’11 180 pounds and is from Eden Prairie Minnesota, the same hometown as former Hawk Nick Leddy.  It’s too early to tell if Snuggerud is going to be a star, but he’s just nineteen years old and has plenty of time to develop his game and grow into an NHL defenseman.

Chris Calnan, Forward, Boston College, Sophomore

Calnan is currently in his second season at BC and has started to develop into a top six forward.  At 6’2 185 pounds Calnan could be a power forward if he can bulk up a little more.  Another year or two in college will greatly benefit Calnan and groom him into an offense force.  He has all the tools to be a top six forward at the NHL level as long as he continues developing.

It’ll be interesting to see if the Hawks sign Mattson or Michael Paliotta, or if they extend a contract to any one who isn’t a Senior.  I would venture to say the Hawks won’t be signing anyone of their other college prospects other than the two mentioned above.  Out of these seven guys which one do you think has the best shot with the Hawks? Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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