This Young Prospect Has Become Very Underrated in the Blackhawks System

Roman Kantserov 2023-24 Prospect Profile

2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Portraits
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What is Kantserov's Future with the Blackhawks?

Roman Kantserov caught the eye of the Blackhawks scouting staff for his natural abilities with the puck and smart play, leading to him raising eyebrows amongst his KHL organization as well. Now that he is signed through the 2025-26 season in Russia, he will be playing professionally until he comes over to the NHL. Some may be disappointed that his arrival in North America is now delayed, but he should hopefully be able to establish himself even further in another top professional league.

At just 19 years-old, Kantserov has been impressive in his first KHL season, proving that he is a very talented offensive player who could just be scratching the surface of his overall potential. When the time comes for him to make the jump to the NHL, the Blackhawks will be adding a player who has already been playing pro hockey for multiple years and will be nearing his 22nd birthday when his KHL contract expires.

Kantserov looks the part of a potential middle-six scoring winger in the NHL with the upside of finding a role in the top-six. His shiftiness and hockey IQ is among the best in the Blackhawks prospect pool which would be a welcomed addition to the roster when he comes over. When he joins the Blackhawks, the team should be about ready to turn the corner and become a competitive team once again, and adding a player of Kantserov's caliber will add even more skill alongside the likes of Connor Bedard, Frank Nazar, Oliver Moore, Lukas Reichel, and future Blackhawks draft picks.