This Super Fast Prospect Might Help The Chicago Blackhawks Win Someday

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With every rebuild comes fans looking ahead to what their favorite team could be in the future and who could be a part of the turnaround. As the Chicago Blackhawks push forward in their own rebuilding process, the opportunity for young players to step in and make a name for themselves in the NHL will present itself sooner rather than later. Ryder Rolston is one of many Blackhawks prospects playing in their debut professional season with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL), alongside others such as Colton Dach, Ethan Del Mastro, Nolan Allan, Drew Commesso, Jaylen Luypen and Marcel Marcel. Let's take a look at Rolston's season and where he could fit into the Blackhawks future plans.

Rolston's signing rights were acquired by the Blackhawks at the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline alongside Josh Dickinson in a move which sent Carl Söderberg (remember him?) to the Colorado Avalanche. After being selected in the fifth round (139th overall) by Colorado in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, Rolston spent the next three seasons playing for Notre Dame (NCAA), tallying 18 goals and 53 points in 93 NCAA games.

Rolston might not be the most popular name amongst the Blackhawks prospect pool, but his raw skillset makes him an intriguing player to watch as he looks to break into the NHL. The 6'1 forward brings much welcomed size and blistering speed to the farm system. He is one of the fastest prospects the Blackhawks have and compliments that with strong shooting ability. If any fans have the chance to see the IceHogs play this season, watch Rolston for a shift and see just how impressive his speed is.