Chicago Blackhawks’ NCAA Prospects Roundup: Nov 16-17

  

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Chad Krys, Ryan Shea, and Beau Starrett shine in recent college hockey games

If the Chicago Blackhawks want to legitimately compete for another Stanley Cup in the near future, they’ll have to get a hand from some of their young talent in their farm system.  Drafting the right players is one thing, but developing them is another.  The Blackhawks believe in the College Hockey system and hopefully it pays dividends soon.

A big factor in how the Blackhawks develop their players involves the Alex DeBrincat strategy.  In the past, coach Joel Quenneville has been very reluctant to play young players, and rarely rookies.  But this season, 19-year-old Alex DeBrincat made the team out of camp and has stayed at the NHL level.  The Blackhawks have recently been in a funk and one of the few bright spots has been DeBrincat’s productivity despite playing on lower lines.

If the Blackhawks continue to develop younger players at the NHL level, it may mean more ice time later in the year potentially for Dylan Sikura and others set to move on from the college level.  It’s a shame that Teuvo Teravainen had to ride the bus to and from Rockford when he didn’t really belong there, but it’s good the Blackhawks are finally realizing top six players need top six minutes and not have to “do their time” as 3rd line grinders.

Updates on Blackhawks NCAA Prospects

Evan Barratt – Penn State University – 2017 3rd Round Pick

Current Stats:  7GP, 2A

Next Opponent:  @ Arizona State

After a couple close losses at Notre Dame, Barratt and the Nittany Lions look to rebound against a struggling Arizona State team this weekend.  Barratt has yet to find the back of the net, but this might be his best opportunity yet.  According to a recent article from The Daily Colliegan, Penn State and head coach Guy Gadowsky are very high on Barratt who consider him one of the team’s top prospects.

Liam Coughlin – University of Vermont – 2014 5th Round Pick (EDM)

Current Stats:  9GP, 1G

Next Opponent:  @ Northeastern

Josh Ess – University of Wisconsin – 2017 7th Round Pick

Current Stats:  13GP, 1A

Next Opponent:  Michigan

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Parker Foo – Union College – 2017 5th Round Pick

Current Stats:  13GP, 1G, 1A

Next Opponent: University of North Dakota 11/24-25

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Dennis Gilbert – University of Notre Dame – 2015 3rd Round Pick

Current Stats:  11GP, 1G, 2A 

Next Opponent:  @ Rensselaer

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Blake Hillman – University of Denver – 2016 6th Round Pick

Current Stats:  10GP, 2G, 1A 

Next Opponent:  University of North Dakota

Chad Krys – Boston University – 2016 2nd Round Pick

Current Stats:  12GP, 2G, 6A

Next Opponent:  @ Maine

It’s been a couple weeks since Krys single-handedly put away Providence, but he has since added another helper to his stats last weekend versus the University of New Hampshire.  This weekend Boston University is on the road playing the University of Maine, a team that is just 3-5 on the season.

Jake Massie – University of Vermont – 2015 6th Round Pick (CAR)

Current Stats:  11GP, 2A

Next Opponent:  @ Northeastern

Ian Mitchell – University of Denver – 2017 2nd Round Pick

Current Stats:  10GP, 8A

Next Opponent:  University of North Dakota

Mitchell has had a great start to the season with eight assists, seven of them coming on the powerplay.  For being just a freshman, he has embraced his role as powerplay QB and is known to be very communicative with his teammates.  With senior defenseman Adam Plant out of the lineup this weekend against North Dakota, a lot of responsibility will fall to Mitchell and fellow Blackhawks prospect Blake Hillman.

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Fredrik Olofsson – University of Nebraska-Omaha – 2014 4th Round Pick

Current Stats:  8GP, 1G, 4A

Next Opponent:  @ Western Michigan

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Jack Ramsey – University of Minnesota – 2011 7th Round Pick

Current Stats:  12GP, 1G, 2A

Next Opponent:  Harvard

Jake Ryczek – Providence College – 2016 7th Round Pick

Current Stats:  2GP, 0P

Next Opponent: Merrimack

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Ryan Shea – Northeastern University – 2015 4th Round Pick

Current Stats:  10GP, 8A

Next Opponent:  Vermont, Boston College

Shea was an absolute monster for Northeastern in the series against Boston University.  He tallied three assists then and added another last week in the game against UMass-Lowell.  Shea didn’t make much noise during prospect camp but if he continues to produce close to a point-per-game pace, he’ll begin to turn some heads.

 

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Dylan Sikura – Northeastern University – 2014 6th Round Pick

Current Stats:  8GP, 6G, 8A     
Next Opponent:  Vermont, Boston College

Sikura wasn’t in the Northeastern lineup last weekend because he was one of the college players selected for the Team Canada roster for the Olympics.  Last weekend was the Karjala Cup that was held in Finland that Sikura participated in.

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Beau Starrett – Cornell University – 2014 3rd Round Pick

Current Stats:  6GP, 5A
Next Opponent:  St. Lawrence, Clarkson, Niagra (Tuesday)

Starrett’s Big Red are rolling with a current record of 6-0.  Starrett’s game-tying assist against Harvard was huge and ultimately led to the Big Red’s biggest win of the season thus far.

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