August 31-in-31: Chicago Blackhawks

by Tony Carr on August 7, 2019

 

Thanks for joining us for our August 31-in-31 series! Every day this month we will be taking a look at each team and diving into their prospect depth charts, risers and fallers, graduating prospects, and top 20 prospects in the system.

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Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks missed the playoffs…. again. For an organization that has won three of the past 10 Stanley Cups, this is beyond unacceptable. Everyone in the organization acknowledges this and vows to make the necessary changes. Then again, that’s what they said last offseason. 

 

If you are a Blackhawks fan, what makes you think this year will be any different? 

 

Maybe it’s the types of players they added through free agency. Maybe it’s the trades they made both during last season and this offseason. Probably a combination of both. Either way, there seems to be a buzz surrounding the team again, something that has been missing the past couple of seasons. It might just be time to get excited about Blackhawks playoff hockey again. 

For a look back on the July 31 in 31 click here:  31-in-31: Chicago Blackhawks

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Graduating Players

 

Dylan Strome - Photo Courtesy of http://www.goerieblogs.com

Dylan Strome- Strome seems to have played his last AHL game. His chemistry with Alex Debrincat is too good, and to paraphrase Dr Evil, they complete each other. 

 

Chad Krys and Nicolas Beaudin- both rearguards are entering their first year of professional hockey and both should start the season in Rockford unless someone has an amazing training camp.

 

Adam Boqvist- while not a lock to start the season in the NHL, it would appear that a position with the big club is his to lose. It’s a big jump from juniors to the NHL but Boqvist looks as ready as any prospect in a long time. 

 

MacKenzie Entwistle- will take his large frame and intense forecheck to the professional ranks this year. 

 

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Risers

 

Brandon Hagel - photo courtesy: auction.chl.ca

Brandon Hagel- was one of the more noticable forwards at the rookie camp. Served notice that he wants to take the next step.

 

Philipp Kurashev- probably the player that has seen his stock rise the most in the past year. Has gone from a middle round draft pick to an eye catching, type A prospect. 

 

Kirby Dach- how does a third overall pick raise his stock higher? Watch any of the highlights from the rookie camp and you will see a player that does not want to return to junior hockey. If he continues to play like he did at the rookie camp, the Saskatoon Blades will be looking for a new “ best player”.

 

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Fallers

 

Victor Ejdsell- the main piece of the Ryan Hartman trade when it happened, Ejdsell took a massive step backwards last season. Now slated to play in the SHL with Farjestad BK, have we seen the last of the big forward?

 

Alex Nylander- was very underwhelming at rookie camp. Will definitely see time in the NHL with the Blackhawks but will need to put in more effort to stay there. Much more. 

 

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Prospect Depth Chart

 

Left Wing                              Center                              Right Wing         

 

Alex Nylander                       Dylan Strome                       Maxim Shalunov

Dominik Kubalik                    Kirby Dach                         Aleksi Saarela

Michal Teply                          Dylan Sikura                       Artur Kayumov

John Quennville                    Philipp Kurashev              Andrei Altybarmakyan

 

Left Defence                         Right Defence

 

Nicolas Beaudin                      Adam Boqvist

Chad Krys                               Ian Mitchell

 

Goaltender

 

Kevin Lankinen

Alexis Gravel

Ivan Nalimov

 

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Top 20 Fantasy Prospects

 

  1. Dylan Strome
  2. Adam Boqvist
  3. Kirby Dach
  4. Nicolas Beaudin
  5. Alex Nylander
  6. Ian Mitchell
  7. Philipp Kurashev
  8. Dylan Sikura
  9. Dominik Kubalik
  10. Chad Krys
  11. Kevin Lankinen
  12. Maxim Shalunov
  13. Aleksi Saarela
  14. Evan Barratt
  15. Artur Kayumov
  16. John Quennville
  17. Michal Teply
  18. Matthew Highmore
  19. MacKenzie Entwistle
  20. Andrei Altybarmakyan

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All things considered, this should be an exciting year in Chicago. The first full season under coach Colliton. The additions of Ryan Carpenter, Calvin de Haan and Robin Lehner as well as the recycling of Andrew Shaw all point to a very different looking team than the one that missed the playoffs. This training camp has different feel leading into it. Make no mistake, if you are a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, you should be very optimistic. This is the year you return to the dance. 

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