“Turbo” Teuvo Teravainen, photo: Rockford IceHogs
By Chris Block
2015 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS PROSPECT RANKINGS
Qualifications for this list include being under the age of 26 on the final day of the 2014-15 regular season. This excluded Scott Darling, Brandon Mashinter (each 26 now) and T. J. Brennan from consideration for these rankings.
The other qualifier is the player must have no more than 25 NHL games played in the current season or no more than a total of 40 NHL career games played at the time of these rankings.
These rankings and short bios were first published on January 16th and are as of January 15, 2015. As you’ll read, the extended bios took a little longer to write and at that point I decided to do a writeup on every Blackhawks prospect who would qualify for this list, even those who fell below the top 25. To me, there was no added value in ranking the players 1-40, so I decided against that.
The rankings are formed by a weighted formula that leans heavily to skill, career potential and probability of impact at the NHL level. To clear any confusion, how close a player is to playing in the NHL, or being there at times now, does not factor in.