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by Chris Wescott /

Blackhawks Senior Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman has been on hand to watch the first two days of Development Camp at MB Ice Arena. As one of the team's top prospects, a lot of attention is being paid to Henri Jokiharju.

The 2017 first-round pick has come to camp in great physical condition. That coupled with his development in Portland last season has Bowman and Blackhawks brass excited.

Video: Bowman on Jokiharju, Beaudin and Entwistle

"In Henri's case, this is his second year and he's an impressive all-around player," Bowman said. "The one thing he did last year, offensively he had a great season but he really learned how to be a two-way defenseman. I think that's probably going to be the biggest jump for him. Can you defend? I think his offensive skills are elite.

"I was really impressed when I saw him for the first time (this offseason). He really trained hard. He looks like an NHL type body right now… He's always been a fit kid, but he really worked hard on that. I was impressed with the way he came into camp in great condition. You can tell he trained hard. Physically, that's probably the one thing that's the challenge. You're going up against the biggest and the strongest (players)."

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