Skip to Main Content
The Official Site of the Chicago Blackhawks

FEATURE: 2018 Development Camp primer

Everything you need to know ahead of the 2018 Development Camp at MB Ice Arena

by Chris Wescott /

The Chicago Blackhawks will host their 2018 Development Camp at MB Ice Arena (1801 W. Jackson Blvd) from Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20. A total of 42 players are scheduled to report to this year's camp.

The roster is highlighted by 32 Blackhawks draft picks, featuring all eight of Chicago's 2018 NHL Draft selections.

Video: The 29th Pick

Here are some of the roster highlights, as well as your complete guide to camp:


This will be the first time fans will be able to see these prospects skating as Blackhawks.

Read more about the full class with our post-draft long read HERE.

Adam Boqvist (8th overall): A dynamic, offensive defenseman who models his game after Erik Karlsson. He signed an OHL Standard Player Agreement with the London Knights on July 5, after signing his three-year entry-level contract with the Blackhawks on July 1.

Video: On The Clock Excerpt: Boqvist

Nicolas Beaudin (27th overall): Another smaller defenseman with great instincts and hockey IQ. Beaudin says he wants to play with some "meanness" to his game at the next level. He plays for Drummondville in the QMJHL.

Jake Wise (69th overall): Thought of as a top prospect before slipping due to an injury, but the Blackhawks are high on him. He's billed as a very smart two-way centerman. Boston University commit.

Video: Jake Wise highlight reel

Niklas Nordgren (74th overall): A sniper and goal scorer with some dynamic offensive ability. Hopes to play full-time next season in Finland's top league.

Philipp Kurashev (120th overall): Smart, skilled center with an interesting background and family story (Russian parents, grew up in Switzerland, plays in Quebec). Plays for the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL.

Mikael Hakkarainen (139th overall): A complete center who stands out in the play even when he doesn't record a point. He's committed to Providence College.

Alexis Gravel (162nd overall): A highly regarded goalie prospect in the 2018 draft class. His father was an Olympian.

Josiah Slavin (193rd overall): A project with raw talent and good measurables (6'3", 189 lbs). He's committed to Colorado College.


Evan Barratt (C, Penn State - NCAA): Taken 90th overall in 2017 by the Blackhawks, Barratt is coming off an 11-goal freshman season at Penn State. He finished the year with 18 points in 32 games.

Video: Evan Barratt shows emotion on being drafted No. 90

Jacob Nilsson (F, Mora IK - Sweden): Signed by the Blackhawks to a one-year contract on May 31. He's described as a competitive and skilled forward with potential.

MacKenzie Entwistle (RW, Hamilton - OHL): Entwistle is a prospect the Blackhawks picked up in the large trade they executed with Arizona on July 12, which included Marian Hossa. He was highly regarded ahead of the 2017 draft, in which the Coyotes selected the power forward in the third round.

Dennis Gilbert (D, Notre Dame - NCAA): He agreed to terms on his three-year entry-level deal in April, following his junior campaign at Notre Dame. The former 2015 third-round pick is gearing up for his first pro season.

Henri Jokiharju (D, Portland - WHL): The 2017 first-round pick is hoping to compete for a roster spot on the Blackhawks this season. He was a top-tier defenseman for Portland last season, recording 71 points in 63 games.

Video: Jokiharju thrilled to sign with Blackhawks

Ian Mitchell (D, Denver - NCAA): The University of Denver right-shot defenseman had a 30-point freshman year in 2017-18. He's was a second-round pick in 2017, 57th overall, by the Blackhawks.


On-ice sessions will begin on Monday, July 16and will run from approximately 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at MB Ice Arena. Practices will be conducted Monday-Thursday and the group will hold one scrimmage on Friday beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m.

All on-ice sessions at MB Ice Arena are open to the public.

Stay tuned to for full coverage of Development Camp.

View More