Jul 142012

By Chris Block

TTMI contributor and HockeysFuture.com Blackhawks writer Brad Gardner joined me Saturday afternoon for a special Chicago Blackhawks 2012 Prospect Camp review edition of PuckChatter~Radio.

Brad was on hand for all five days this summer’s camp and breaks down the performances of the players involved.

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Some of the topics discussed on the show….

-TTMI/PuckChatter~Radio turns 3 today
-Stephen Johns skips out on this camp
-Brandon Saad, Teuvo Teravainen and Phillip Danault a cut above
-Which prospects we’ll see next in a Hawks uniform
-Mark McNeill a year later
-Chris Calnan’s next move
-The goaltending
-Joakim Nordstrom and Klas Dahlbeck coming to America
-Garret Ross the next Shaw?
-Kevin Hayes improving
-Kent Simpson or Mac Carruth
-Son of Chris Chelios
-A 6-foot 9-inch Swedish defenseman
-And much, much more

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  7 Responses to “PuckChatter~Radio e.112, Prospect Camp Review”

  1. Great info Chris and Brad. While beat writers laugh about Hayes’ jokes on twitter and what Kane is wearing, you break solid info on Johns and others from camp. How come you don’t write for one of the 2 big daily papers?

  2. Agreed lots of good info. Good to Justin holl is making progress. Sounds like the 2nd round in 2010 is turning out to be shaky.

  3. Chris any thoughts on jeremy morin and his chances of making the big club. I realize he lost half a season and training camp last year. The year before the hawks were pretty high on him. Now all the talk seems to be about saad and to some degree default?

    • I think its in the best interest of Morin’s long-term potential to spend next season in Rockford. If he makes the Hawks out of training camp, it’ll be as a fourth liner (which doesn’t make any sense). Or because there are other injuries. I think he can be a 2-3 line left winger, but he needs time to work on that game and to regain his scoring touch and confidence. We saw a little of that in the last few weeks of last season but not enough to say he’s back to where he was before the major concussion. Last year he struggled through getting back into game shape, then putting too much pressure on himself, losing his confidence and having a bit of an identity crisis as a player. He wants to be a five-tool player, a leader, be tough to play against and stand up for his teammates. I think he just needs more time in Rockford to get to where he aims to be. But eventually he’ll get a chance again in the NHL. I look for Morin to have a big year in Rockford. If so, he’ll easily push a guy like Frolik out of the picture, if that doesn’t happen sooner.

  4. Chris have you heard if any of the prospect camp invitees who are undrafted and unsigned might get an invite to the main training camp ? I’m wondering if their might be a Chris tanev type in there somewhere.

    • Haven’t heard. I’d say its doubtful though that anyone outside of Viktor Svedberg (the 6-9 twenty-one year old from the Swedish Elite League) from this prospect camp will get a training camp invite. With the uncertainty of the CBA, I’d say its highly doubtful Svedberg would come. The Elitserien reports for their training camps in a few weeks, so he’d be kind of a fool to wait out and potentially lose his spot on the Frolunda roster. Unless he’s serious about transitioning to the North American game (I believe he still has a year left on his deal with Frolunda though) and would sign a contract. Then he could play in Rockford. But, again (no question its the wrong year for fringe guys to come over and expect ice time), if the NHL locks out then Dylan Olsen for sure will be in Rockford and there are only so many roster spots. Going with what Brad Gardner had to say about the prospect camp invites, the two guys who were most impressive are also going back to college for their senior seasons this fall. Andrew Hammond (a 24-year old goalie) will be a senior at Bowling Green; and Nick McParland (24-year old senior who had 14 goals for Lake Superior last season).

      With so many guys still without deals and some GMs now in a waiting game to see how much more money they can spend (or shed), guys like Tanev are likely going to wait for the cba to resolve itself and hope teams are looking for that final 6/7/8 defenseman at a bargain price.

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