Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Rankings

July 14th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
After watching a fun weekend of hockey during the Chicago Blackhawks ’ prospect camp, it’s easier to look at the talent the Hawks have in the pipeline and qualify them against others in the organization.

Over the weekend, a number of things became clear.

Kyle Beach needs to grow up to play in the NHL, and he might need some time against better competition in Rockford before jumping to the Hawks; dominating juniors is different than playing against elite talent, much less professionals. Dylan Olsen also looked raw, but his talent and size were undeniable. Both might need a year or two to mature between their ears to match their abilities on the ice.

On the other side of the spectrum, both Shawn LaLonde and Nick Leddy were very impressive playing together. I am comfortable saying the two could be a 19/20-year-old version of the Keith-Seabrook combination that Hawks fans should look forward to seeing at the United Center.

LaLonde could be a significant factor this fall and should get every opportunity to make the team. He moved the puck up the ice effectively, was rarely (if ever) out of position, and joined the rush with eas ...

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