Blackhawks Prospect Camp: Day 5

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    Jeff Osborn

    The 2018 Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp wrapped up Friday at MB Ice Arena in Chicago. The fans were treated to a scrimmage with the first full-ice f
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    Mister Ricochet

    Really nice recap fellas, very nice.

    Before I forget Josia Slavin will be in town with the Lincoln Stars to play the Chicago Steel on Sunday March 24th at 3:05 at Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva (next door to the Kane County Cougars).

    I’ve seen him play 5-6-7 times and have posted his work ethic/compete is second to none and his shot is heavy.  He skated north south and went to the dirty areas with glee.  Not physical in that he lays out hits but is always active in the corners and slot.  Hands and skating were average but had + straight away speed.

    But what little I saw from camp the kid has some zig to his game that he didn’t show in the USHL.  I was happy with taking him in the 7th rd but after camp I’m excited about it.  Posted before that if this highly highly religious kid has even near the talent to play in the bigs his character, work ethic and sheer will will get him there.

    Like reading about Starrett.  The kid is 22 and has been 6ft 5in since he was drafted in 2014 in the 3rd rd so that he looked good vs younger players would be expected but nothing and I mean nothing in his stat line before or after he was drafted indicated he could play above ECHL, if that.         Kid was drafted by the USHL and NAHL and decided he didn’t want to play vs high end competition and chose to play in a low junior league had me wondering about him from Day 1.

    Read a comparison to Boqvist as a pro was Tyson Barrie.  I’m afraid that’s his ceiling.

    Man does Krys have a mature game and plays nice and low once he gets the puck with a powerful stride.

    Much like Slavin I’ve found Gilbert to be exclusively north-south, nice and simple.  But he showed some nimble feet and better lateral movement than I had seen.  I’m more excited about this kid.

    If Soderland ever gets to the Hawks he’ll be an immediate fan favorite and will sell a lot of jerseys.  Kid is a rocket ship and shows better hands each time I see him.  It is interesting he shows better in drills than game conditions.

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