10. Robin Norell, D (15-16 Stats: SHL – 51 GP, 8 Pts, +1/AHL – 8 GP, 2 Pts, +4)
After making the jump to North America late last season, Norell made a significant impact on the Rockford IceHogs’ defensive core. His skating is smooth, and he handles the puck well in his own zone. Norell could be in the top four of the IceHogs’ defense all of next season.
9. Wouter Peeters, G (15-16 Stats: Austria – 24 GP, 3.27 GAA)
Peeters is a giant teenager with nothing but upside to him.
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At 17 years old and standing 6-foot-5, the native of Belgium has work to do before becoming a top-end professional goalie. But his showing in prospect camp proved that he is the future for the Blackhawks at the goaltender position. Size and agility in net work in Peeters’ favor, and with proper coaching he can be a solid NHL goalie in the next few years.
8. Gustav Forsling, D (15-16 Stats: SHL – 48 GP, 21 Pts, +21)
Forsling has a lot of promise to his game. A larger-bodied defenseman who can create offense in transition is a coveted type of payer in today’s NHL. While he doesn’t play a particularly physical game, watching Forsling during one-on-one battles in camp proved that he won’t shy away from using his size and strength. Behind Ville Pokka, Forsling is in the conversation for top defender with the IceHogs next season.
7. Tyler Motte, C/LW (15-16 Stats: NCAA – 38 GP, 56 Pts, +28/AHL – 5 GP, 5 Pts, +4)
Motte came off of one of his best seasons at the University of Michigan last year, helping the Wolverines to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 2011. After being eliminated by the University of North Dakota (eventual national champion), Motte joined the IceHogs and was one of the best players on the ice in the final eight games of the season. Most likely, Motte will again see time in the AHL next year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he saw a decent amount of games at the NHL level either.
6. Tanner Kero, C/LW (15-16 Stats: AHL – 60 GP, 39 Pts, +15/NHL – 17 GP, 3 Pts, -2)
Last season, Kero was one of the IceHogs’ top players right out of the gate. His fast start to last season helped him see a decent amount of time with the Blackhawks, even playing a key role on the penalty kill for most of his time in the NHL. A good showing in camp last week, followed up by another good showing in the fall, can give Kero a great chance at being a regular with the Blackhawks all of next year.
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