Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks’ Prospects Who Need a Strong Training Camp

By Roland Hacker
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 18: Dylan Sikura #95 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks to pass against the Ottawa Senatorsat the United Center on February 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Senators 8-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 18: Dylan Sikura #95 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks to pass against the Ottawa Senatorsat the United Center on February 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Senators 8-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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ROSEMONT, IL – JUNE 06: Charlotte Checkers center Aleksi Saarela (7) controls the puck during game four of the AHL Calder Cup Finals between the Charlotte Checkers and the Chicago Wolves on June 6, 2019, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ROSEMONT, IL – JUNE 06: Charlotte Checkers center Aleksi Saarela (7) controls the puck during game four of the AHL Calder Cup Finals between the Charlotte Checkers and the Chicago Wolves on June 6, 2019, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Aleksi Saarela

Last, but not least, is recently acquired Aleksi Saarela. Like with Fortin, it’s not the end of the line for Saarela yet neither.

Fortin has produced so well at the AHL level in the past that it seems his next stop should be the NHL.

He’ll have to prove himself to get that opportunity in Chicago, but it sure looks like he’s got the potential.

The 22-year-old scored 30 goals and accumulated 54 points in 69 games for the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL last season.

https://twitter.com/TheAHL/status/847981652420710401

It will be interesting to see which of the previously mentioned Blackhawks’ prospects will seize the moment. We will know more in the next couple of weeks, as training camp and preseason games unfold.

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