Prospects Analysis: Central Division
Prospects Analysis: Central Division

This article is part of our Prospects Analysis series.

This is the third in a four-part series covering our the top-10 prospects of each individual team by division leading into the 2015-16 season. Now, onto the rankings.

(Notes: Overall ranking in parenthesis. Only players with less than 25 games played are included.)

Chicago Blackhawks

1. Nick Schmaltz - F (60)
2. Ville Pokka - D (65)
3. Ryan Hartman - F (71)
4. Mark McNeill - F (98)
5. Trevor van Riemsdyk - D
6. Artemi Panarin - F
7. Vince Hinostroza - F
8. John Hayden - F
9. Anthony Louis - F
10. Graham Knott - F

It is hard to believe that van Riemsdyk wasn't drafted. A serious knee injury limited his action this past season, but he showed enough that he should be considered a future NHL regular. The 23-year-old Panarin signed with Chicago this summer after putting up 26 goals and 62 points in 54 games for SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) last season. If he makes the team and is given a top-six role, he is going to have fantasy value this coming season. Hinostroza did what very few young players have been able to do, put up points at the University of Notre Dame. He signed with Chicago after this sophomore season ended and finished the year playing in the AHL. He will begin next season there. Hayden is a big, strong kid who has a developing offensive game. He got good experience playing for Team USA at the World Juniors and this

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Jon Litterine
Jon Litterine is RotoWire's lead MMA Writer and MMA Editor. He has covered numerous MMA events live. He's also RW's NHL Prospect Analyst. Jon has been writing for RotoWire since 2005. He is a graduate of U Mass-Lowell.
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