The Chicago Blackhawks have boasted one of the most impressive rosters through the salary cap era. Though it is usually the same faces donning the red, white, and black season after season, each year a few ‘Hawks prospects finally make the long-awaited jump to the NHL, after years of development.
With an offseason of change going on around us, that door is open farther than in past years. We will not see just one or two new Blackhawks this season, but several.
Today, we present our list of the top 10 prospects in the Blackhawks’ system, from Nos. 10-6. To meet our criteria, a “prospect” must have not played for the Blackhawks at all, or only for a handful of games. They cannot have been acquired since the end of the 2014-15 season, however.
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No. 10: Tyler Motte
Motte was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Entry draft, 121st overall. Motte had to overcome significant doubts about his height (5-foot-10) to get drafted in the first place, and he has continued to do so since he was drafted into the Blackhawks’ system. Motte has shone at the international level, after skating in the USA Hockey National Team Development Program for his development years. Motte has represented the USA at the U17, U18 and U20 levels. Despite his size, he plays a feisty game, most resembling Andrew Shaw. Though he is still a few years away from potential inclusion on the Blackhawks’ roster, Motte certainly shows upside as a checking-line forward.
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