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Where will the 2013 picks play next year?

by Emerald Gao / Chicago Blackhawks
Ryan Hartman (left) and Anthony Louis, both Chicago-area natives, won gold with Team USA—Hartman at World Juniors, Louis at the U18 Championship—before being drafted by their hometown team.

An overview of the Blackhawks’ eight selections at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, including what three Blackhawks amateur scouts are saying and where they’re likely to play next season.

Ryan Hartman, RW

Acquired: Round 1, 30th overall
Current team: Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Projected 2013-14 team: Plymouth


Solidly built for his 5-foot-11 frame, Hartman’s relentless game at both ends of the ice is his biggest attribute, along with “a little bite to his game” that has some scouts comparing him to Andrew Shaw. The West Dundee, Ill., native won gold with Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship this year and put up strong offensive numbers in his rookie campaign in the OHL, where he’ll return for a second season with the Plymouth Whalers.

“Ryan’s a really competitive, honest two-way guy, and at the end of the day, when you mix skill and compete together, you get a real nice player,” said Blackhawks Amateur Scout Jim McKellar. “He’s not afraid to block shots, not afraid to run people over, he gets into fights and is aggressive.”

Carl Dahlstrom, D
Acquired: Round 2, 51st overall
Current team: Linkoping Jr. (SWE)
Projected 2013-14 team: Linkoping J20


The first of three Swedish blueliners selected by the Blackhawks in this draft class, Dahlstrom is a prototypical “modern” defenseman, according to Head European Amateur Scout Niklas Blomgren.

“He’s big, he’s mobile, he plays a simple and effective game,” Blomgren said. “He takes his man and has an active stick.”

Dahlstrom showcased a strong two-way game last season with 17 points (7G, 10A) and a +23 plus/minus rating with Linkoping’s junior club, where he’ll continue establishing himself as a top defenseman this fall.

John Hayden, C
Acquired: Round 3, 74th overall
Current team: USNTDP U18 (USHL)
Projected 2013-14 team: Yale University (ECAC)


Big man with an offensive streak recovered from early-season shoulder surgery to put up 31 points (16G, 15A) in 51 total games for the USNTDP this season. The Connecticut native will join reigning NCAA champs Yale this fall.

“Big power forward, strong, with a lot of character,” said Amateur Scout Mike Doneghey. “His skating still needs to come a little bit, but it’s not that far off. He’s a big player that we could use on the wings, and he can create space for a lot of the skill guys.”

Robin Norell, D
Acquired: Round 4, 111th overall
Current team: Djurgarden Jr. (SWE)
Projected 2013-14 team: Djurgarden

Chicago's second pick from Sweden does all the little things to succeed on the blue line, playing a Johnny Oduya type of game: mobile, hardworking and willing to sacrifice the body.

“High, high character—he’ll do whatever it takes to get to the next level,” Blomgren said. “He’ll be a big possibility for Sweden’s U20 team with the chance to make the World Juniors.”

Next season will ideally be more of the same, with Norell aiming for ice time at the senior club level for Djurgarden.

Tyler Motte, C
Acquired: Round 4, 121th overall
Current team: USNTDP U18 (USHL)
Projected 2013-14 team: University of Michigan (Big Ten)


The smooth-skating Motte, who will play for the University of Michigan next season, showed his high-end defensive game as one of the USNTDP’s best penalty killers at the U18 World Championship. Despite a smaller frame, his energy and hockey sense are his best attributes, and he led the national development team in scoring over the last two years.

“He's a bit of a bull," Doneghey said. "He’s scored at every level, but he brings an intensity that’s second to nobody. He’s a guy who is probably going to have more bruises and ice packs on him than points in a game. He’s a really good utility player who can play a lot of roles.”

Luke Johnson, C
Acquired: Round 5, 134th overall
Current team: Lincoln Stars (USHL)
Projected 2013-14 team: University of North Dakota (NCHC)


A gold-medal winner with Team USA at the World Junior-A Challenge, Johnson ranked sixth on Lincoln with 46 points (19G, 27A) in 57 regular-season games, leading the team with nine power-play tallies. A Grand Forks, N.D., native, Johnson will play for the University of North Dakota in the fall, where his coaches expect him to play third-line center and contribute in all situations.

Anthony Louis, C
Acquired: Round 6, 181th overall
Current team: USNTDP U18 (USHL)
Projected 2013-14 team: Miami University (NCHC)

One of the smallest picks in the 2013 draft class, Louis makes up for his lack of size with an extra-large serving of skill and playmaking ability. His 28 assists ranked second on the USNTDP this season, and he earned a gold medal at the U18 World Championship. Louis, a Winfield, Ill., native, will attend Miami University this fall.

“One of the more skilled guys in the draft," Doneghey said. "He has outside speed and he’s not afraid to drive to the middle, so he gets a lot of points from the paint. He has really good vision and really good hands, a high skill level.”

Robin Press, D
Acquired: Round 7, 211th overall
Current team: Sodertalje (SWE)
Projected 2013-14 team: Sodertalje

Chicago’s final selection in the 2013 draft is a classic project pick: a right-handed shot who converted from forward to defenseman just a year ago, after joining Sodertalje in the second-tier league. Press is still learning the blue line, putting up a respectable 20 points (9G, 11A) last season, and if he continues to progress, he could have an outside chance of making Sweden’s World Junior squad this winter.

“He likes to have the puck and move the puck,” Blomgren said. “He’s got a lot of upside, with his size and willingness to try things offensively. He’s got a lot of tools.”

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