With the present about as bright as can be after their second Stanley Cup in four seasons, the Blackhawks will turn their attention to the future this week when they hold their annual prospect camp. "It's something we've put a lot of time and focus on and I think it's always nice to see these young players because it wasn't too long ago we had (Andrew) Shaw and (Brandon) Saad and (Nick) Leddy at this camp," general manager Stan Bowman said. "There are going to be some top-end players this year and hopefully not too far down the road they're going to be in the NHL lineup." The Hawks have invited 51 players to attend the week-long camp, which begins Monday at Johnny's IceHouse West. It will conclude with three days of scrimmages with the team's hierarchy expected to be watching. Included in the group are 2013 draftees Ryan Hartman (30th overall), John Hayden (74th) and Anthony Louis (181st). In addition, former first-round selections Phillip Danault ('11), Mark McNeill ('11) and Kevin Hayes ('10) will be on hand. Illinois natives Vincent Hinostroza ('12) and Alex Broadhurst ('11) also will participate. "You bring our young players in and sort of show them a glimpse of what the Blackhawks are all about," Bowman said. "Some of these guys have never been to a camp before. You can't cover too much ground in terms of instruction in a one-week camp, but we want to try to get them acclimated to how we do things in terms of preparation and training and nutrition and then skill development and positional work."
Hawks plan for future with prospect camp
Chicago Tribune | Jul 8