Everyone knows how much potential C Teuvo Teravainen has with the future of the Chicago Blackhawks. But not many people are talking about the other prospects that are flying under the radar. Here are a few of the Blackhawks prospects that should get you excited about the future:
Jeremy Morin, LW
Many Hawks fans have seen a brief glimpse of Jeremy Morin in the 2013-2014 season as he played in 24 games, and had a respectable 11 points. He played on the fourth line most of the time, but he took advantage of it when he was called upon.
Morin has excellent hands and a deceiving wrist shot. He’s a great stick-handler and has a knack at getting in a position to score. He has been honing his skils in the minorleague affiliate Rockford Icehogs. Expect Morin to have a big impact on the Blackhawks this year as he will most likely be playing in the season opener on the third or fourth line.
Mark McNeill, RW
Mark McNeill was the first pick (18th overall) by the Hawks in the 2011 draft. The 21 year old McNeill still needs some time to mature in the AHL and completely tune his game before he will be able to join the Blackhawks. He has great size, and the team would like to see him use his 218-pound frame to take the puck harder to the net and do it with confidence. On the other hand, McNeill has proven that he is a great defensive forward that can block shots, kill penalties, and is becoming an exceptional all-around player. Look for McNeill to join the Hawks in the 2015-2016 season.
Adam Clendening, D
Adam Clendening was drafted in 2011 by the Hawks as the no. 36 pick in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft. He has been excelling on the Rockford Icehogs over the past two seasons putting up 105 points in 147 AHL games.
He is an offensive-minded defensemen that has a unique set of skills. He can quarterback a powerplay and make a break out pass. He will challenge for a spot on the blue line during training camp, especially if the Hawks decide to trade/waive one of their current defensemen due to salary cap issues as discussed in a previous article. (You can read it here)
These players, along with Teuvo Teravainen, should make Chicago fans extremely excited for the future of the Blackhawks. They have a lot to look forward to, especially after the signings of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. They have enough leadership skills and experience to know how to improve young players and teach them how to compete at the NHL level. Let’s just hope that these prospects know how to take notes.
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