A Look at the Chicago Blackhawks Draft: The Last Two Prospects

July 14th, 2010 by Bryan Dietzler Leave a reply »
Note: This article also contains a quick free agency update.

With their second to the last pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks selected defenseman Nick Mattson. Mattson played with the Indiana Ice (part of the USHL) and was part of the United States National Team Development Program. He will play hockey at the University of North Dakota starting next season.

A lot of scouts felt Mattson played much better when he was younger than he has in the recent past and feel that perhaps he isn’t as good as first billed. He has not one single outstanding quality that sticks out, but he is a complete player with solid skills all the way around.  He should develop his skills much more in college which will help him prepare for the NHL.

One thing to note, it was a down year for Mattson (playing with the Indiana Ice). He scored just five goals and had 14 assists in a total of 51 games. He did do much better in the USHL playoffs, however, providing his team with six assists during their nine playoff games.

Finally, with the 191st pick in the draft (their last) the Blackhawks selected goalie Macmillian Carruth out of Portland (in the ...

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