With all of the regular-season and playoff success the Chicago Blackhawks have had over the past seven seasons, it’s easy to lose focus on the up-and-comers in the Blackhawks’ prospect pool. However, with an offseason of change ongoing, the Blackhawks will rely on some of those prospects to make the jump to the NHL ranks this season.
In the spirit of anticipation, we continue our ranking of the top 10 prospects in the Blackhawks system, with numbers 5 through 1. For numbers 10 through 6, click here.
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Note: To meet our criteria, a “prospect” must not yet have played for the Blackhawks at all, or only for a handful of games. They also cannot have been acquired since the end of the 2014-15 season.
No. 5: Mark McNeill
McNeill shouldn’t be an unfamiliar name for any serious Blackhawks fans out there. Since Teuvo Teravainen‘s promotion to the NHL ranks, McNeill could be booked as the next Blackhawks prospect to make the jump. Though McNeill doesn’t possess the upside of the four prospects ahead of him on this list, he has done his time in the Blackhawks system, and remained patient since 2013, playing with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs while the Blackhawks continue their NHL success. In the meantime, McNeill has worked on his size and seen it pay off while racking up 44 points in 67 games for the ’Hogs last season.
Next: Who's No. 4?
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