Best odds for Chicago Blackhawks

NHL.com offers an in-depth analysis of odds for each of its 32 teams from August 8 to September. 8. Today, the top five prospects for the Chicago Blackhawks, according to NHL.com.

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1. Lucas Richelle, p

How it was obtained: He was named with the No. 17 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

2021-22 season: Black Hawks: 11 GP, 0-1-1; Rockford (AHL): 56 GP, 21-36-57

Reichel (6 feet, 170 pounds) set the team record for most points in a season by a Rockford Rookie of the American Hockey League. How the Black Hawks are doing with the 20-year-old this season remains unknown. Since they are in the rebuilding phase, they may want to split his time between Chicago and Rockford, giving him more experience but not at the cost of damaging his game.

“His ability to make plays at a high pace is beyond the norm in my book,” said Rockford coach Anders Sorensen. “He can play skate at full speed and he can also slow down. When the disc is on his stick, something will happen. It’s okay to be very mature when you get to the NHL. The NHL is a tough league to play in and he has to play another year.” [with Rockford]It won’t hurt him, but we’ll see.”

Expected NHL arrival: 2023-24 season

2. Alex VlasicDr

How it was obtained: He was selected with the 43rd pick in the 2019 NHL Draft

2021-22 season: Black Hawks: 15 GP, 1-1-2; Boston University: 32 GP, 1-7-8

After ending his junior season at BU, the 21-year-old made his NHL debut with Chicago on March 19. As with Reichel, last season was a good sample with the Blackhawks. It depends on how he performs in training camp, but Vlasic (6-6, 199) could spend more time with Rockford this season.

“His physical traits are clearly off the charts with his size and ice skating ability,” Sorensen said. “I think he’s a really smart player too, and that stood out in the development camp. I just watched him last season, most of the games he’s played, and I was really impressed with how he got in from college.”

Expected NHL arrival: 2023-24

3. Kevin Korchinsky, Dr.

How it was obtained: He was selected with the No. 7 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft

2021-22 season: Seattle (WHL): 67 GP, 4-61-65

Korczynski (6-1, 185) has had a great season with Seattle and is ready for the next step. The Black Hawks loved what they saw of the 18 year olds at their development camp in July. Coach Luke Richardson said he’d help Korczynski see the movie for former NHL defender Duncan Keith, who won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

“He’s an incredible playmaker with the puck,” said Mike Donaghy, Blackhawks director of amateur scouts. “He gets up fast, gets back on the pucks fast. He’s really good at playing the force. Again, he’s different from a lot of the defenders we’ve been recruiting in the last few years. He’s really friendly, be the first on the force, projects to be the first man of defense. You can eat minutes.”

Expected NHL arrival: 2023-24

4. Frank Nazar, P

How it was obtained: He was selected with the number 13 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft

2021-22 season: U18 (USNTDP): 56 GP, 28-42-70

The 18-year-old brings a lot of speed and scoring touch, which he demonstrated in the USA Hockey Development Program. Nazar (5-9, 175) will play for the University of Michigan this season.

“He can do quick runs under pressure, he’s not afraid to drive in the middle of the ice in a hurry, bring people with him and take out the disc,” said Donigi. “He didn’t get a lot of playing time this year because his first unit was excellent. He’s very good at penalty kicks and has character through the roof.”

Expected NHL arrival: 2024-25

Video: NHL Project: Best of Frank Nazar

5. Arvid Soderblom, G

How it was obtained: Signed as free agent on May 13, 2021

2021-22 season: Black Hawk: 3 GP (2 starts), 0-2-0, 5.01 GAA, .863 save percentage; Rockford (AHL): 38 GP, 21-15-2, 2.76 GAA, .919 savings ratio, 2 close

The 22-year-old made his National Hockey League debut last season, but played primarily for Rockford, including during the Calder Cup playoff games when he was 2-3-0 averaging 2.99 goals against. 925 ratio save and one closure. Black Hawks Peter Marazek Alex Stalock has named goalkeepers #1 and #2 this season. Soderblum (6-3, 180) could see some time with the Blackhawks but mainly she is expected to be No. 1 for Rockford this season.

Sorensen said: “The most important thing for him was adapting to the smaller rink, but as the season went on, the workload he had to take on us, and that was something new for him. He handled it well. He also improved the way he dealt with disk”.

Expected NHL arrival: 2023-24

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