After watching a week-long prospect camp at Johnny’s IceHouse West, Blackhawk Up ranked the top 10 Chicago Blackhawks prospects
Prospect camp told a lot about the Chicago Blackhawks’ prospect system. First of all, it’s depleted. Whether they missed on draft picks or they were traded away, the ’Hawks have been forced to pull from their prospect pool too early because of their top-heavy salary cap situation.
There were some strong players participating in camp last week, but it’s hard to say who is in line to be the next great Chicago Blackhawk.
Prospect camp is just one way to tell a player’s progression. A young player could be nervous or simply just have a bad camp. But one time every year, young players have the chance to shine in front of Blackhawks staff in more ways than one, and the opportunity was seized by a select few.
Our top 10 prospects list is based on value, not NHL readiness. A defenseman who caught our eye last week could be ready to step into an NHL role based on the Blackhawks’ needs, but this list isn’t ranked on that. The following 10 players impressed at camp and should have a future with the ‘Hawks organization pending their amateur development.