Ivan Vishnevskiy: The Forgotten Option on the Chicago Blackhawks Blue-Line

July 25th, 2010 by Michael Wagner Leave a reply »
Coming out of the Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, many have been talking about how strong the Blackhawks defensive prospect depth is and that the likes of Shawn Lalonde, Ryan Stanton, and Nick Leddy might have a shot at making the 'Hawks out of training camp.

However, there is one player who is not getting a lot of attention and might have the best shot of making the 'Hawks out of camp; his name is Ivan Vishnevskiy.

Vishnevskiy is a former first round pick, 27th overall, of the Dallas Stars and was acquired by the Blackhawks from the Atlanta Thrashers for forward Andrew Ladd.

Last season Vishnevskiy spent the majority of the season in the American Hockey League splitting time between the Texas Stars and the Chicago Wolves.

In his 79 AHL games last season, Vishnevskiy tallied 10 goals and 16 assists between the two teams and was held scoreless in the two NHL games he appeared in.

Vishnevskiy is a small defenseman, in the mold of a Lubomir Visnovsky, know as a speedy, puck moving defenseman, with good ice vision and can also play the point on the power play.

Vishnevskiy does not have the size of a Lalonde ...

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