This week the Stanley Cup champion, Chicago Blackhawks, give some of their prospects a taste of how things work in their organization. Most of the prospects attending camp this year are kids who haven't played for the Hawks of their AHL affiliate Rockford Icehogs.
I believe Garrett Ross is the only player who has. Ross signed with the Hawks in April and played the final two games of the season in Rockford.
However there are three notable names that won't be taking the ice this week.
The first is their most recent first round pick Ryan Hartman. He will be at the camp but he won't be skating.
#Blackhawks No. 1 pick Ryan Hartman recovering from shoulder surgery and won't be on the ice at prospects camp this week.— Tim Sassone (@TimSassone) July 8, 2013
The player, who is someone that we saw in Chicago at season's end, is Drew LeBlanc. Because of how he was signed late last season, out of college, he wasn't able to be sent to Rockford like Ross was. Instead they had no choice but to play him with the big club.
Bowman, on conference call, says Leblanc will be in the mix for #Blackhawks at training camp. They have to work out a new deal tho.— Brian Hedger (@BrianHedger) July 6, 2013
The final member of the trio is last year's first round pick, Teuvo Teravainen. It sounds like a travel issue will be keeping perhaps the Hawks most interesting prospect away this week. As someone who slide in last year's draft and did attend last year's camp, him not being at camp caught the attention of many.
Teravainen training w/ U-20 Finland team in NY in Aug. So to minimize trips back & forth from home, he's not at #Blackhawks camp this week.— Tracey Myers (@TramyersCSN) July 7, 2013
While it is disappointing we won't get to see these three on the ice this week, there are plenty of guys to still keep an eye on. With Teravainen it probably means we are still two years from possibly seeing him playing in Chicago, which is disappointed but was expected when he was drafted.
Regardless it is an exciting week as we get a preview of what's coming next.