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Chicago Blackhawks Top 10 Prospects List For Summer 2017

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CHICAGO, IL - JULY 21: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat (23) participates during the Chicago Blachawks Development Camp on July 21, 2017 at Johnny's IceHouse in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 21: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat (23) participates during the Chicago Blachawks Development Camp on July 21, 2017 at Johnny's IceHouse in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 23: Henri Jokiharju, 29th overall pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, poses for a portrait during Round One of the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 23: Henri Jokiharju, 29th overall pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, poses for a portrait during Round One of the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images) /

8. Henri Jokiharju, defenseman

Although Jokiharju didn’t make a ton of noise at prospect camp, you could tell the tools are there.  I noticed he would often shake his head after a play that didn’t go the way he thought it would.

Coming over from Finland, there is a learning curve and he definitely gets a pass.  His shot from the point is impressive for an 18-year-old, and his defensive awareness could’ve matched any other D-man in camp.

He will return to the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks and continue to develop with a great organization.  In a couple years, Jokiharju will be much higher on this list, if not at the top.

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