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Chicago Blackhawks: Five Thoughts Leading Into Prospect Camp

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2.  Pray that Wouter Peeters works out

I was absolutely shocked that the Blackhawks passed on Boston University goaltender Jake Oettinger in the 1st round of the draft this year.  Instead, they opted for another puck-moving defenseman which is another area of need.  I thought Oettinger would be a perfect fit with Crawford’s contract ending in three years.  It would be just enough time for him to develop and step into a starting role in his early twenties.

But that didn’t happen.

The Blackhawks drafted Wouter Peeters in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft hoping to add more competition to a group that can’t seem to hang on to backup goaltenders.  Peeters is a young but big goalie at 6’4 200lbs.  He will spend his first season in the USHL at age 18, but beyond him there isn’t much potential.

Matt Tomkins has been in the Blackhawks system for a while, but his stats at Ohio State weren’t anything to write home about.  This past season he had a GAA of 2.48 and a SV% of .909 which is good, but he will see a very different game in Rockford this year.

Beyond that, yikes.