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The Friday Five: Young and relentless

by Leah Hendrickson / Chicago Blackhawks

2011 first-round draft pick Phillip Danault (Photo by Getty Images).

Each week, the Blackhawks Blog will give you five stats you need to know about the Blackhawks this season. This week, we take a look at the impressive accolades of the Blackhawks prospects in postseason play.

1. Alex Broadhurst registered an assist and a shorthanded empty-netter in a 5-2 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks to capture the United States Hockey League's Clark Cup.

Broadhurst finished the playoffs with a league-leading 18 points (9G, 9A). The Orland Park, Ill., native made history on April 24, 2012, recording the first shorthanded hat trick in USHL history. Broadhurst (drafted 199th overall in 2011) tallied his shorthanded trio for the Green Bay Gamblers against the Youngstown Phantoms in a 6-3 victory in the first round of the USHL playoffs.

2. Mac Carruth finished his 2011-12 campaign with the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks as the franchise leader in playoff appearances (54) and playoff wins (33) by a goalie.

The Salt Lake City native ended the WHL postseason pacing all goalies with 718 saves on 782 total shots. The Blackhawks' 2010 seventh-round draft pick (191st overall) recorded two shutouts, tying him for first among all playoff goalies. Carruth's Winterhawks came up just short of lifting the Ed Chenowyth Cup, falling in seven games to the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL championship.

3. Kevin Hayes recorded a goal and two assists in four NCAA tournament games en route to the national title with Boston College.

Hayes finished his sophomore campaign with 28 points (7G, 21A) in 44 appearances at the collegiate level. The Blackhawks' 2010 first-round draft pick (24th overall) earned Prep Player of the Year and All-New England East honors after his 2009-10 campaign at Nobles in Dedham, Massachusetts.

4. Brandon Saad led the Saginaw Spirit with 17 points (8G, 9A) in 12 Ontario Hockey League playoff games, the third-highest point total at the time the Spirit were eliminated. 

The Blackhawks' 2011 second-round draft pick (43rd overall) recorded 76 points (34G, 42A) in 44 games with the Spirit. With a leaugue-leading 1.73 points-per-game average, Saad was named an OHL First-Team All-Star on May 9.

5. Phillip Danault paced the league with 66 wins in the faceoff circle through the first four games of the 2012 postseason.

In 62 regular-season contests, Danault ranked second on the Victoriaville Tigres with a career-high 53 assists and registered a career-best 71 points. The Victoriaville, Quebec, native was honored with the 2011 Guy Carbonneau Award given annually to the best defensive forward in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 18-year-old forward was selected by Chicago in the first round (26th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
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