As the Chicago Blackhawks open 2019 Development Camp on Monday, July 15, here are just a few of the names you should keep an eye out for as the week rolls along.
On-ice sessions are slated to run Monday-Thursday from 1:00-5:00 p.m. with a scrimmage at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 19. Stay tuned throughout the week for full coverage and a live stream of the scrimmage on Blackhawks.com.
CLASS OF 2019
Kirby Dach (3rd overall): All eyes will be on the big, skilled center who the Blackhawks took No. 3 overall in June. After signing an entry-level deal on July 8, he'll take his first steps in trying to make the NHL squad this season. He's signed in Saskatoon (WHL) for next season, but Stan Bowman is ready to give Dach a look when full training camp opens in September.
Video: Sights and Sounds: Blackhawks take Kirby Dach third
Alex Vlasic (43rd overall): The local defenseman from Wilmette, Ill., Vlasic is a lengthy defenseman who uses his size and smooth skating to close down space. He has a highly-touted vision for the game as well, netting 23 assists in 61 games for the U.S. National Team Development Program U18s last season. Vlasic is committed to play at Boston University in the Fall.
Michal Teply (105th overall): A skilled stickhandler and passer, Teply will make his first foray into North American hockey after being selected in the fourth round last month. He scored nine goals and 20 assists in 25 games with the Czech Republic U18s over the last year.
Antti Saarela (123rd overall): The first Saarela acquired in a three-day span in late June (his brother, Aleksi, added via trade on 6/22/19), Antti Saarela brings a high-energy game as an impact player. He's currently signed with Ilves in Finland for the 2019-20 season.
Dominic Basse (167th overall): The largest goalie on the Development Camp roster at 6-foot-6, Basse will be hard to miss. He posted a .924 GAA at Selects Hockey Academy in Connecticut last year and is committed to Colorado College.
Cole Moberg (172nd overall): An offensive-minded defenseman, Moberg was second in assists (27) and third in goals (13) for the Prince Greorge Cougars (WHL) in 61 games last season. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native is set to return to Prince George for his third season in 2019-20.
LISTEN: Blackhawks Insider previews 2019 Development Camp
MORE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Nicolas Beaudin (D, Drummondville - QMJHL): A late first-round pick a year ago, Beaudin is set to make the full transition to the pro game in Rockford this season after posting 56 points (7G, 49A) in 53 games for Drummondville (QMJHL) last sesaon. He's part of a trio of highly-touted defensive prospects looking to break into the NHL in the next two years.
Adam Boqvist (D, London - OHL): Taken No. 8 overall in the 2018 draft, Boqvist is coming off a career season with 60 points (20G, 40A) in the OHL with the London Knights. Also in the trio of up-and-coming blue liners, he Swede is expected to make a push for NHL minutes in training camp later this summer.
Video: Shift Change
Alexis Gravel (G, Halifax - QMJHL): Following his 2018 sixth-round selection by Chicago, Gravel led the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) to both the President's Cup and Memorial Cup finals last season, posting a .913 SV% during the regular season.
Brandon Hagel (F, Rockford - AHL): One of two players Bowman circled as prospects to watch in the latest episode of Blackhawks Insider, Hagel was the fourth leading scorer for the WHL last season with 102 points (41G, 61A) for the Red Deer Rebels.
Philipp Kurashev (F, Rockford - AHL): Another player Bowman circled as a prospect to watch in the latest episode of Blackhawks Insider. Kurashev was the leading scorer for the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) with 65 points (29G, 36A) in 59 games, as well as a goal and four assists in seven playoff games.
Ian Mitchell (D, Denver - NCAA): The newly-named captain at the University of Denver, Mitchell is set to enter his junior season as another top defensive prospect for the Blackhawks. He has 57 points (8G, 49A) in 80 games over the last two seasons.
Alex Nylander (F): A late addition to the Development Camp roster after being acquired on Tuesday afternoon, Nylander will get his first taste of the Blackhawks organization as a player following three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. With 19 NHL games already under his belt, the forward is the most experienced player in camp.