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Chicago Blackhawks: Top 10 Prospects, Part 1/2

By Skylar Peters
Sep 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Viktor Svedberg (43) battles for the puck with Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Viktor Svedberg (43) battles for the puck with Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 18, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane warms up across the center ice logo before game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 8: Gustav Forsling

Forsling is the first Blackhawks defenseman to crack our top 10, and he does so after a breakout season in the Swedish Elite League. Forsling was acquired by the Blackhawks after the Adam Clendening trade, when the Vancouver Canucks sent his rights to the Windy City. As a 19-year-old, Forsling shows a ton of upside, especially after notching eight points at the World Junior Hockey Championships in seven games and becoming a top-four defenseman with Linkoping HC. Forsling is simply more than a throw-in for the Blackhawks, and they can expect him to make a big contribution in North America in a couple of years, or less.

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