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Chicago Blackhawks: The Rockford Files – Forwards

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TRAVERSE CITY, MI - SEPTEMBER 10: Kirby Dach #77 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates a goal against the Minnesota Wild with teammates during Day-5 of the NHL Prospects Tournament at Centre Ice Arena on September 10, 2019 in Traverse City, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
TRAVERSE CITY, MI - SEPTEMBER 10: Kirby Dach #77 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates a goal against the Minnesota Wild with teammates during Day-5 of the NHL Prospects Tournament at Centre Ice Arena on September 10, 2019 in Traverse City, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 16:Washington Capitals defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler (34) and Chicago Blackhawks center Aleksi Saarela (28) go after the puck during the third period of the game between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, September 16, 2019. The Washington Capitals defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 16:Washington Capitals defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler (34) and Chicago Blackhawks center Aleksi Saarela (28) go after the puck during the third period of the game between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, September 16, 2019. The Washington Capitals defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images) /

Aleksi Saarela

Aleksi Saarela, the former Carolina Hurricanes prospect, looks to make the best of his situation in Chicago. Although Saarela was unhappy being stuck with the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, there is a path to the NHL in Chicago. This talented forward has put in the work this preseason and will likely get a call-up sooner rather than later.

As you can see, Saarela has a lot of skill and a knack for getting the puck in the net. He was quite the goal scorer with the Charlotte Checkers. Even though he is not that big, he makes up for it with his skating ability.  His hands and stick handling are phenomenal.  Elite Prospects describes Saarela as “a dangerous forward that creates energy through scoring chances.”

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