ESPN’s Corey Pronman released his list of the top 100 prospects in the NHL right now. The Chicago Blackhawks had 3 players make the list with Nick Schmaltz, the Blackhawks top pick this year, making the honorable mention list.
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Here is where each Blackhawks prospected landed in the list and what Pronman had to say about them.
12. Teuvo Teravainen, Center
“Teräväinen had a very impressive 19-year-old season, with a dominant performance in the under-20 camp in August 2013, a strong January, when he led the WJC in scoring, and an impressive spring, when he went on a lengthy run of accumulating points. His vision is off the charts, and when he gets the puck on the power play, it’s just a matter of time before a scoring chance is created.”
66. Ryan Hartman, Right Wing
“Hartman’s statistical production hasn’t been too impressive, but he impresses regularly on a scouting level. He’s small, but a high-energy and hard-nosed type of forward who can check good players. Hartman has a pretty good skill level as well, and showed the ability at the WJC to be a dangerous scoring forward.”
85. Adam Clendening, Defenseman
“Clendening has earned many accolades, and put up a ton of points at every level, but he’s yet to do the most important thing: Play an NHL game. That’s partially due to the Blackhawks’ organizational depth on the blue line, though this is a key campaign for him. In terms of puck skills, vision and overall offensive IQ, Clendening is among the top in the AHL, and projects as a potential top power-play quarterback.”
It’s always good to see members of the Blackhawks organization on these lists. With the addition of Richards, Teuvo very well could be in Rockford all year which could be good for the young center to get more adjusted to the speed of the professional game.
Clendening is the reason why there is so much talk about Oduya or Leddy possible being moved to get the Blackhawks under the salary cap. Many believe he is ready to make the jump to the big show.
Hartman, like Teuvo, might spend the year in Rockford but his game is a lot like Andrew Shaw’s so it’s good for him to be able to watch and hopefully learn how to make an impact in the NHL.