Chicago Blackhawks 2015 NHL Draft Recap

iss_recapchicagoWith the 2015 NHL Draft completed, International Scouting Services recaps and identifies key up and coming prospects. 

August 26, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:

Top Prospects Drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 NHL Draft

ISSOv.NamePosBirth DateHeightWeightTeamLeague
7354KNOTT, GrahamLW1/13/19976.03.25190NiagaraOHL
9691GILBERT, DennisLD10/30/19966.02.25201ChicagoUSHL
NA121SHEA, RyanLD2/11/19976.00.5175Boston Col. HSMA-HS
97151BONDRA, RadovanRW1/27/19976.05.25220KosiceSvkE
159164RADKE, RoyC12/10/19966.02.5203BarrieOHL
129181TUULOLA, JoniLD1/1/19966.02.5180HPK HameenlinnaFinJrA
NA211DAHLSTROM, John LW1/22/19975.11.75189Frolunda HCSweE
June 26-27, BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida

ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the Chicago Blackhawks in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:

Graham Knott (ISS Ranked #73 in 2015, Overall drafted #54 in 2015 NHL Draft) – With no 1st round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Blackhawks scouting staff added some much needed prospect depth to the wings and the backend starting with the choice of Niagara IceDogs and Canada U18 impact forward Graham Knott. He has a lot of development ahead of him but he shows excellent potential as a intelligent, two-way winger who does the small things right. Among other ISS favorites in 2015 were Bondra and Tuulola selected later in the draft.

Ryan Hartman (ISS Ranked #41 in 2013, Overall drafted #30 in 2013 NHL Draft) – Despite his size, Hartman has the pro game written all over him. His transition from Plymouth into the AHL with Rockford over the past two seasons as been seamless and continues to thrive offensively and off the puck. He will be in a Blackhawks uniform sooner than later as he shows the ability to bring versatility and can play in any role. The in your face, aggressive style will fit right in with the youthful Chicago forwards.

Teuvo Teravainen (ISS Ranked #9 in 2012, Overall drafted #18 in 2012 NHL Draft) – The 2012 1st round pick selection by Blackhawks has developed steadily but continues to show much more upside at the NHL level. Splitting his time between Rockford and Chicago over the past two seasons, Teuvo has shown flashes of offensive brilliance and playmaking ability. He thinks the game at a high level and no doubt the Blackhawks will be patient moving forward as he still shows much room to harness his abilities in the AHL.

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Andrew Shaw (ISS Ranked #NA in 2011, Overall drafted #139 in 2011 NHL Draft) – Prior to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft nobody would have thought Andrew Shaw would have two Stanley Cup rings at the age of 24 but as with every level of hockey he has played, Shaw continues to prove people wrong. He was an instant hit in Chicago and needed little transition time as his feisty, in your face mentality made him a pesky opponent and tough to compete against.

“Blackhawks drafting has been one of a few pillars to their recent success and stability as an NHL powerhouse”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “From the likes of Toews, Kane, Shaw, Hjalmarsson to the up and comers of Teravainen, Schmaltz, Knott and Hartman; Blackhawk scouts have done an excellent job in re-stocking the shelves and bringing in complimentary pieces up front. The Chicago brass are in the fortunate situation of allowing their prospects to develop one level at a time and can be patient with those at the AHL level.”

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