Chicago, IL — Ok Blackhawks fans it is getting to be that time of the year again, when the NHL’s future is on display in an international competition. This year the Chicago Blackhawks have four prospects that will be honored enough to wear the Team USA jersey. The roster was announced for Team USA back on December 12th.
All four of the Blackhawks prospects are from the college ranks. This year also there will be no Blackhawks prospects on Team Canada or Finland. There is also two Hawks prospects on that will be manning Team Sweden’s blue line.
Team USA Hawks prospects are all forwards and one most Hawks fans are familiar with if you attended the Hawks prospect camps or watched the Team USA evaluation camp during the summer that was held in Lake Placid, NY.
The additional bonus this year for those of us who follow the IIHF WJC is that the time zone will be palatable as the games will be held in either Toronto or Quebec which is a heck of a lot better than having to watch hockey games at 4 or 6 AM.
If you are interested at all about the future talents of the NHL and Blackhawks I would strongly suggest tuning in, besides who is not interested in healthy international competition and feeling a healthy dose of some national pride.
So representing the Hawks will be Nick Schmaltz, Anthony Louis, Tyler Motte and John Hayden for team USA. For Team Sweden both Hawks representatives will be defensemen Carl Dahlstrom and Robin Norell.
For those that did not see the evaluation camp games Tyler Motte was the overall points leader having been put on the top line with Alan Tuck ( MN Wild prospect) and the highly touted 2015 draft pick Jack Eichel.
John Hayden also had a very good showing and ended up with five points in six games. He established a physical net front presence that the Hawks will be thrilled to have.
Nick Schmaltz and Anthony Louis were paired together and have great chemistry together. So far this year their college records as of a week ago are as follows:
** Player College/University Games Points
Nick Schmaltz Univ of N. Dakota 13 14 (2/12)
Anthony Louis Miami University 16 14 (3/11)
Tyler Motte Univ of Michigan 14 14 (5/9)
John Hayden Yale University 10 10 (3/7)
Below is the tournament schedule for Team USA
*2015 U.S. Game Schedule
|Fri., Dec. 26||Finland||Bell Centre, Montreal||3:00 p.m.|
|Sun., Dec. 28||Germany||Bell Centre, Montreal||8:00 p.m.|
|Mon., Dec. 29||Slovakia||Bell Centre, Montreal||4:00 p.m.|
|Wed., Dec. 31||Canada||Bell Centre, Montreal||4:00 p.m.|
|Fri., Jan. 2||Quarterfinals (TBD)||Montreal or Toronto||TBD|
|Sun., Jan. 4||Semifinals (TBD)||Air Canada Centre, Toronto||TBD|
|Mon., Jan. 5||Finals (TBD)||Air Canada Centre, Toronto||TBD|
It is very hard to get information on the Swedish players but having seen them in prospect camp don’t forget to check out both Robin Norell and Carl Dahlstorm on Team Sweden. They are both solid defenseman.
Camps and pretournament games are getting set to take place. Camps open from 12/16-19 and there will be some pre-tournament games. Tuesday the 16th Team USA will take on Team Canada. If you want to watch the games check out Fast Hockey***. Fast Hockey carries Team USA and Team Canada. The games are online in standard definition but you do get to watch and check out the boys.
Good Luck to all the Blackhawks prospects may you each have the tournaments of your life. Sorry Team Sweden I must cheer overall as team for Team USA so let the games begin and GO USA!!
*taken from http://worldjuniors.usahockey.com/ web site.
** taken from USCHO.com/Stats web site