Chicago Blackhawks: Five prospects to get excited about

By Jimmy Lynch
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Max Shalunov

Max Shalunov is an interesting candidate to be a part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization next season. While yes he is not a prospect in the sense that he is 28 years old, he still has not played a game in the NHL.

Shalunov is coming off a great season in which he put up 18 points in 22 playoff games with CSKA Moskva of the KHL. Scott Powers of the Athletic has spoken about Shalunov a lot, and he mentioned that he might be looking to make the jump to the NHL soon. If that is the case then the Blackhawks definitely need to give him a one or two-year contract at anything under 2.5 million to see what he is made of.

The Blackhawks have the salary to make adding Shalunov worth it, it just comes down to whether or not they can actually get a deal done. Shalunov is an interesting player because he is basically a veteran addition to the team at 28 years old. He has had a lot of success in the KHL already, now it would just come down to whether or not he can translate his game to the NHL.

So, Vlasic and Commesso probably need another year or two to develop, Shalunov and Borgstrom could be in the lineup next season, and Reichel is really the wild card depending on what the Blackhawks do this off-season.

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