Blackhawks Sign 1 Prospect; 3 Other Dudes to Entry-Level Contract

The Blackhawks came to terms today with four players: ’08 Sixth Round Draft Pick defensman Jonathan Carlsson, winger Rob Klinkhammer, defenseman Brian Connelly, and goaltender Alec Richards.

Carlsson has played parts of the last three seasons at the highest level of professional hockey in Sweden, the Swedish Elite League.  At only 20 years old, he will likely start next year in Rockford with the team keeping a fairly close eye on him. 

The easy comparison to make is to Ham Sandwich.  Both played parts of three seasons in the Elite League.  Neither lit up scoreboards with their offensive play.  Carlsson had a goal and assist in 86 games; Sandwich had 3 goals and 2 assists in 55 games.  They were both late round picks with Sandwich being a 4th round selection.  Time will tell, though, if Carlsson’s as dependable in the defensive end.

Rob Klinkhammer, 23 years old, spent this past season in Rockford, but not as Blackhawk property.  He was a fan favorite, probably because of his cool last name.  Other than Carlsson, he has the best chance of the four of ever wearing the Indian Head.  He’ll never be more than a 4th line grinder in the NHL, but with teams having to maneuver around the salary cap, his easily replaceable skills and small cap hit will be welcome to any cap-strapped teams.

Richards, 21 years old, and Connelly, 22 years old, are nothing more than depth signings.  Richards will most likely battle to be the back-up at Rockford.  Connelly will have to either really turn some heads or the ebola virus will have to run rampant through the Hawks locker room for him ever to be a key contributor. 

Then again, goalies are weird, so you never know.

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5 Responses to Blackhawks Sign 1 Prospect; 3 Other Dudes to Entry-Level Contract

  1. Al mandel says:

    Do you think Beach or Aliu will get a shot next year?I heard they are both psycos and would be a blast to see.Jus t wonderin thanks Al

  2. John says:

    I think Beach will get every opportunity to make next year’s team in training camp and the pre-season. He still has junior eligibility so the Hawks can keep him on their roster for something like the first 10 games and if he’s not ready, they can send him back to his junior team with no repercussions.

    I’m a little more skeptical on Aliu. He has no junior eligibility left and either plays with Chicago, Rockford, or is cut. At this point, I would say he’s a long shot to start with the Hawks.

  3. Lou says:

    With Heatley saying he wants out. What do you think it would take to get him in a trade or what would you be willing to trade? Me, Buff, Barker and the First round pick and let Havlat go.

    Curious on your thoughts

  4. John says:

    Throw Sharp into that deal and Ottawa probably has to consider it. No way the Sens accept anything but a blue chip package for someone like Heatley. Giving them a 3rd line player, 4th/5th defenseman, and a low first round pick won’t get it done as much as we’d all like it to.

    I’ll probably post this on the front page later tonight, so you can elaborate more.

  5. Lou says:

    it is interesting and the new leadership is a little more open than in the past.

    I agree on the package for Heatley hbas to be good but with his salary they may be able to move him for talent and potential and you could still keep a guy like Sharp.

    And Brian Burke is out there lurking around…

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