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Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Camp Day 3 Review

By Mario Tirabassi
Feb 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ryan Hartman (38) skates against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Derrick Pouliot (51) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ryan Hartman (38) skates against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Derrick Pouliot (51) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Blackhawks Prospect Camp Day Three Takeaways

This off-season is one of the most pivotal for the Chicago Blackhawks and their prospects as the organization has out a strong emphasis on growing and developing from within. With Camp underway at Johnny’s Icehouse West, a few prospects are standing out and some are leaving more to be seen after three days.

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  • First, Vinnie Hinostroza is already turning heads. When he plays in a game, you can see his speed and skills with the puck. But watching him skate in individual drills, his speed and abilities stand out even more. He is playing for a spot in the NHL and has had a good showing so far.

Check it out: Prospect Camp Review Day One And Two

Another prospect looking to make the permanent jump to the NHL for the Blackhawks is

Ryan Hartman

. Already being looked at as the potential replacement for

Andrew Shaw

, Hartman knows that this should be the last time he is seen as a prospect and is playing as such. His demeanor in camp has been all business and he is definitely standing out on the positive side of camp.

  • One player that may have more to show as camp heads into days four and five is Tanner Kero. Kero played a good chunk of time last season with the Blackhawks before finishing out the year with the Rockford IceHogs. It more than likely was just an off-day for Kero, but on Day Three, the puck was not his friend a his possession, passing, and control was off. Again, it’s one day, in July, and I’m not a professional scout.
  • Michal Kempny is for sure going to play most of, if not all of this season with the Blackhawks. His skating ability is very impressive, he plays strong and physical in one-on-one battles, and his puck-handling skills look very sharp. Being the oldest at prospect camp, Kempny is probably being watched the most as the organization and the fans hope that he can be another European find for Chicago, like Artemi Panarin was last season.
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  • As for 2016 Blackhawks draft picks, Alex DeBrincat and Wouter Peeters have looked impressive so far, as has Chad Krys.
    • DeBrincat is easy to spot during Team A and B scrimmages being five-foot-seven. But it is also his speed that puts him ahead of the pack. He constantly was constantly creating chances during the scrimmage and looks to be one of the biggest steals of this year’s draft.
    • Peeters is a giant in net and plays to his size. He moves well across the crease and at 17-years old, could be the future in between the pipes for Chicago.
  • Gustav Forsling

    could show a bit more as far as puck possession goes, but his skating and

    one-on-one defensive abilities have looked as advertised so far in camp.

  • Finally, Nick Schmaltz is another player that will, without hesitation, play with the Blackhawks this year for a significant amount of time. Schmaltz is fast, has a great shot, has great vision and passing ability is playing at a level above most at camp this year. He, along with Hartman, Hinostroza, and even Tyler Motte have looked like they have another gear already that others need to hit. Watching Schmaltz in person makes you think that, yes he could play on the top-line this year.
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