Three Chicago Blackhawks Prospects Close to Making the Jump from College

Three young players that might be ready to sign their rookie deals very soon

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Ryan Greene

Drafted with the 57th overall selection in the 2022 draft, Ryan Greene quickly became one of the more underrated prospects in the Blackhawks system. Greene is a reliable two-way center for Boston University (NCAA) with strong playmaking ability and great speed. After two strong seasons with BU, Greene could be ready to jump into professional hockey.

Greene had a productive freshman season with 31 points in 38 games and currently has the same point total through 35 games this season. He is a smart player with a well-rounded game, often using his speed as a weapon in both the offensive and defensive zones. The 6'1 175lbs forward has become a Swiss army-knife-style player for BU, making his presence known all over the ice.

Greene has spent most of this season playing second-line center for BU behind Macklin Celebrini, the projected first-overall pick for the 2024 NHL Draft.

Possessing a lot of pro attributes, Ryan Greene could become someone capable of playing up and down the lineup. His speed, playmaking, and defensive capabilities make him a versatile player who should fit in just fine with Luke Richardson's system. Greene may spend a season in Rockford before joining the Blackhawks full-time, though another possibility could see Greene return to BU for another season to further round out his game.