In wake of trade deadline moves, here are the top five Blackhawks age 25 and under

In wake of trade deadline moves, here are the top five Blackhawks age 25 and under

There’s no shortage of talent with the Blackhawks youngins. NBC Sports Chicago Blackhawks analyst Steve Konroyd named the top five active players ages 25 and younger.

5. Connor Murphy -  Mar. 26,  1993

Not only does this defensmen have a great shot, but he also has great attitude on the ice. And just like the young kids, he has a certain toughness to him and is not afraid to be rough out there.

4. Vinnie Hinostroza -  Apr. 3, 1994

The Chicago native and left wing is one of the fastest players on the team, which makes him an energizer on the ice. Even though he started this season in the minors, he’s scored six goals and has had 14 assists. The Hawks really benefit from the energy and skill he brings. 

3. Brandon Saad -  Oct. 27, 1992

The way that the left wing has played this season, it’s clear that Saad is shifting in the right direction. He has scored 15 goals — including seven game winners — and has also notched 12 assists.

2. Alex DeBrincat - Dec. 18, 1997

This rookie right wing is a scoring machine. DeBrincat plays a crafty game and has a knack for always finding the back of the net — a skill that has helped him rack up 22 goals this season and boast a 15.6 shooting percentage. 

1. Nick Schmaltz - Feb. 23, 1996

With Nick Schmaltz, the Hawks found what they needed — a quality center. The 2014 first-round pick has quality speed, size and an underrated shot. This season, he’s notched 17 goals, 25 assists and 12 power play points. He’s complemented well by the Hawks wingmen and has been showing great chemistry with the team, especially with Patrick Kane.

There are also some standout names in the Hawks system that fans are excited about. Look out for Henri Jokiharju, Dylan Sikura, Victor Ejdsell and Matthew Highmore to make a splash.

Podcast: Eddie O discusses what went wrong for Blackhawks this season


Podcast: Eddie O discusses what went wrong for Blackhawks this season

Eddie Olczyk joins Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd and Jamal Mayers to discuss what went wrong for the Blackhawks this season, and what changes could happen this summer to get the team back into the postseason.

Listen to the entire HawksTalk Podcast here:

Amazing news: Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free

Amazing news: Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free

Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free!

The beloved Blackhawks broadcaster provided an update on his health after a battle with cancer and had the best news possible.

His scan scheduled for early-April was moved up and the results brought good news:

"I'm proud to stand here before everybody and you [Pat Foley] — my partner and my friend — that all the cancer is gone," Olyczyk said. "We beat this thing, and I say 'we' because it has been a team effort. Not only from the great doctors, but from this organization, from Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Jay Blunk, Coach Q, hockey operations, these great trainers, our broadcasters, you partner for all the texts and visits daily, the National Hockey League, all my friends and my family: my brothers Ricky and Randy, my mom and dad, and of course, my four kids — Eddie, Tommy, Zandra and Nicky and my beautiful wife Diana. If it wasn't for them, there's no way I could've gotten through this.

"So I believe we all beat this and I'm so thankful for all the support and prayers. They worked. I'm proud to stand here before everybody and let them know that we beat this thing. I've had enough crying to last me a lifetime, partner, and I'm just so excited that I got that call on March 14th at 5:07 p.m. letting me know that my scans were clear. I've never heard a better phrase in my life.

"I'm now 10 days on with the rest of my life and that's the way I'm looking at it."