Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks 2016-17 Over/Under: The Prospects

By Mario Tirabassi
Oct 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33), defenseman Gustav Forsling (42) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Detroit Red Wings during a preseason game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33), defenseman Gustav Forsling (42) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Detroit Red Wings during a preseason game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports /
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Vince Hinostroza

Last season, Hinostroza was the leading scorer for the Rockford IceHogs after posting 51 points (18 Goals, 33 Assists) in his first full professional season since joining the Blackhawks

organization. He also made his NHL debut last season, playing in seven games for Chicago without recording a point.

Since the off-season began, Hinostroza has been one of the most impressive of the forward prospects and has been given a good amount of ice-time and consideration from the organization. He brings an immense amount of speed on the ice and has a nose for getting the puck in the right spots for himself and for his teammates.

Prediction: 7G, 10A, 17Pts

It is far more than likely that Hinostroza makes the Blackhawks opening night roster, and there is a high probability that he’ll get upwards of 30-40 games played with Chicago this season, possibly more if he really makes the most of his time. Don’t be surprised if Hinostroza doesn’t see the ice in Rockford this season, because he’ll be too busy in Chicago.

Tyler Motte

After making his professional debut last season with the Rockford IceHogs after a successful three-year career at the University of Michigan, Tyler Motte has made the biggest impression on the Blackhawks coaching staff this summer. Motte’s speed and two-way game has really made the organization take notice and it looks like Motte may even get an opportunity to play in a top-six role the start the 2016-17 season.

Motte has played in practices with Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane, replacing Artemi Panarin on the left-wing of Chicago’s second-line. If head coach Joel Quenneville does indeed split the Kane-Panarin-Anisimov line and play Panarin with Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik, Motte figures to get the first crack at being the replacement and playing with Kane and Anisimov.

Prediction: 6G, 15A, 21Pts 

With the way Motte has played this summer and the indications that he will get a shot at being on the Blackhawks’ second-line to begin the year, there is no doubt that Motte will make the opening night roster. Whether or not he stays in that role for an extended time is anyone’s guess the way Quenneville like to jungle line combinations. For Motte, if he plays in that top-six role, he could be one of, if not the most important rookie for Chicago this season.

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