2014 Prospect Camp Preview: By The Numbers
|Chase Agnello-Dean / Chicago Blackhawks|
Come Sunday morning, 62 Blackhawks signed prospects, draft picks and other amateur players will take the ice at Johnny's IceHouse West for the team's annual Prospect Camp. Over those next six days, each of the players will have a chance to show Chicago's Hockey Operations team how they've progressed, while coaches give the young players instruction in on-ice technique, fitness and more.
Here is a preview of the camp, by the numbers:
Players in attendance who suited up for the Blackhawks last season. Forwards Teuvo Teravainen and Matt Carey saw action during the end of Chicago's 2013-14 season, while goaltender Kent Simpson saw time in relief of Antti Raanta in one game during his brief call-up.
Number of participants who took part in the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four. Chris Calnan skated with Boston College, while North Dakota has three representatives: draft picks Luke Johnson and Nick Mattson, as well as free agent invitee Troy Stecher.
Members of the 2014 Prospect Camp class with brothers who are part of other NHL organizations. Nick Schmaltz's brother Jordan was drafted by St. Louis in 2012 (25th overall); Matt Carey's brother Greg signed with Phoenix as a college free agent this spring; Fredrik Olofsson's brother Gustav is part of Minnesota's system; and Trevor van Riemsdyk's older brother James is a Toronto Maple Leafs forward and 2014 U.S. Olympian.
Of the 62 players in attendance, seven players were regulars for the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate in Rockford last season. That group includes 2011 draft picks Mark McNeill, Phillip Danault, Adam Clendening and Broadhurst, as well as Mathieu Brisebois, Simpson and Garret Ross.
All nine members of the 2014 Blackhawks draft class are expected to be in attendance. Led by first-round draft pick Nick Schmaltz, a Verona, Wis., native, the group features six forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender.
Number of signed players who will participate in the camp. In recent history, Blackhawks Prospect Camps have been attended primarily by unsigned picks; however, this year, more players with professional experience will take part in some drills and workouts. The group includes 2012 first-round draft pick Teravainen; top defensive prospects Stephen Johns, Dillon Fournier and Clendening; 2011 first-rounders McNeill and Danault; goalies Mac Carruth and Simpson; and free-agent signees Carey, van Riemsdyk and Dennis Rasmussen.
Age of the youngest Prospect Camp participant, free agent forward Nolan Stevens. The U.S. National Development Program veteran won't turn 18 until July 22.
Participants who played at least one game in the NCAA last year. While the Canadian major-junior hockey leagues tend to produce many of the biggest names in each year’s draft class, the college ranks have grown rich in NHL-quality prospects, as evidenced by the large number of college players at this year’s prospect camp. Six 2014 draft picks— Schmaltz, Matheson Iacopelli, Beau Starrett, Olofsson, Luc Snuggerud and Dylan Sikura are all scheduled to play in college within the next two seasons. Ohio State is the best-represented school with four participants: draft picks Sam Jardine and Matt Tomkins, as well as free agent invitees Drew Brevig and Tanner Fritz.
Height (in inches) of the camp's tallest participant, 6-foot-9 free-agent invitee Oliver Mebus, who played for Krefelder Pinguine in Germany last year. That's 14 inches taller than the camp's shortest participant, Anthony Louis, who stands at 5-foot-7.