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Chicago Blackhawks: Five Thoughts Leading Into Prospect Camp

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Alex DeBrincat, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes/Getty Images)
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1.  I cannot wait for Henri Jokiharju

I wrote an article last month about Henri Jokiharju and how much the Blackhawks hit on him.  As much as I wanted a goalie at the draft, this move makes a lot of sense.  Draft analysts said when the Blackhawks picked him that some teams thought he was a little cocky because of his extroverted personality, but to me it just reeks desire and competitiveness.

Jokiharu has a great coach in Steve Johnston with the  Portland Winterhawks so I expect him to return there and continue developing.  When prospect camp starts, I think many of you will be watching a future top four defenseman.  He has exactly what the Blackhawks want in defensive responsibility, smooth skating, and can also be a threat in the offensive zone.  He of course has some filling out to do, but he will soon establish himself as the Blackhawks top prospect.

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Honorable Mention:  Alexandre Fortin

It was pretty incredible what Alexandre Fortin did last year by earning an entry-level contract and almost making the Blackhawks opening day roster.  Everybody will have their eyes on him with a handful of forward positions potentially available.  At such a young age, the Blackhawks are doing the right thing getting him experience in the QMJHL, but he should probably be moving on pretty soon.  Maybe sooner than we think.

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