4. Size is on the way
The Blackhawks have never been a heavy team like the Kings or Ducks have been in the past, but it’s evident through the last few drafts that size has been a priority. A few of these prospects have been in the system the last few years developing and are getting closer to the pro level:
- Randovan Bondra – F – 6’5″ 217lbs.
- Graham Knott – C – 6’3″ 191lbs.
- Beau Starrett – C – 6’5 212lbs.
- Carl Dahlstrom – D – 6’4 231lbs.
Hopefully we’ll be able to see a couple of them in Rockford this year to help turn around a team that got pushed around a lot last year. The Ice Hogs have hired a new head coach and the roster will be going through a big turnover.
One player that I will have my eye on this camp will be Carl Dahlstrom. Dahlstrom played 70 games with the Ice Hogs last year and had a plus/minus of -12. This was decent compared to some of the other defenseman who had plus/minuses in the negative twenties. The Blackhawks want their defensemen to be defense-first, which gives me reason to believe that if Villie Pokka doesn’t change his game, he’ll be shipped out. Look to guys like Erik Gustafsson, Carl Dahlstrom, and Viktor Svedberg to be fighting for a chance at the ‘Hawks roster this year.