Chicago Blackhawks: Five (More) Questions Before Training Camp

By Skylar Peters
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Apr 9, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston University Terriers defenseman Brien Diffley (20) gets upended as University of North Dakota forward Nick Schmaltz (8) controls the puck during the first period in a semifinal game in the men

Who Could Surprise And Make The Team?

Best Case Scenario: Dennis Rasmussen.

The Swedish center is a giant, at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. After building his game in his homeland, he finally got his first taste of North American hockey this season. Though it would take quite a miracle, Rasmussen would be a low-risk addition to the Blackhawks’ roster, and could certainly contribute in many aspects of the game, not just offensively.

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Worst Case Scenario: Nick Schmaltz.

Though it may come as a surprise that Schmaltz would be the Blackhawks’ worst bet to put on the team, it’s only due to time. Schmaltz has incredibly high potential, and the Blackhawks hold the prospect in high regard, as they traded up to get him at the NHL draft last summer. Schmaltz will have his time, but it will pay dividends if the Blackhawks remain patient with the top prospect, which is nothing out of the ordinary for Stan Bowman.

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