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.