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The Next Wave NHL
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
SUMMARY
The Hawks have a huge prospect pool, but sadly there's alot of low end depth, however there is intriguing pieces that are already contributing in the NHL. While none will likely be top line players in the traditional sense, many can, and are contributing. A lack of high end talent has the Hawks system rated lowly overall though

UP
Many guys saw their stock rise this last season, but lets focus on John Hayden, concerns about his skating, and whether his physical play would translate from college to the NHL seem to have subsided. While he's unlikely to ever be a top liner, he could easily be a needed complimentary piece on a second line. Others improving their profile included Sikura, Snuggerud, Tuulola, and Iacopelli.

DOWN
Anton Forsberg is the only one who fits here, images of Forsberg being a starter have pretty much faded at this point, but he's getting a prolonged look as a backup for the Hawks this year. It's time he turns AHL success into NHL competance.

WHO TO WATCH
Unlike most other teams who have a player playing pro as their player to watch, we turn to college hockey and focus our attention on Northeastern and Dylan Sikura. A former 6th round pick, Sikura will likely challenge for the Hobey Baker this year, and has high end offensive skill, something the Hawks are always after. With a strong senior year, he can position himself for a late season callup, or should he not sign, take a look at other suitors.

TEAM RANK - 29th

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