Some new faces emerged as part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization after the two day draft. While the Blackhawks were unable to acquire a number two center as Ryan Kesler was traded to the Anaheim Ducks, they did make a minor move on Saturday.
Forced to make a move to fall below the salary cap which is at $69 million the Blackhawks traded Brandon Bollig on Saturday to the Calgary Flames for a third round pick (83rd overall) in the 2014 draft. In the coming days, Bollig might just be the first of several moves that the Blackhawks make.
Bollig signed a 3 year contract extension worth $1.25 million per year earlier this year that kicks in at the start of next season. In 82 games for the Blackhawks this year Bollig scored 7 goals and 7 assists which are both career highs.
During the draft the Blackhawks added nine players to the organization. Here is a brief preview of each player.
Nick Schmaltz, C, USHL, Green Bay
Schmaltz was drafted 20th overall as the Blackhawks traded up in the first round with the San Jose Sharks. Schmaltz is a smaller center at 5’11 and 172 pounds but he possesses plenty of skill and led Green Bay with 18 goals, 45 assists in 55 games last season. Schmaltz’s older brother, Jordan, was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the 2012 draft and plays at University of North Dakota where Nick will join his brother this fall.
Matheson Iacopelli, RW, USHL, Muskegon
This was the pick that the Blackhawks received for Bollig. Iacopelli was drafted in the third round, 83rd overall. In 58 games last year, Iacopelli scored 41 goals and 23 assists. At 6’2 and 192 pounds, Iacopelli is a big left winger who is headed to Western Michigan in the fall.
Beau Starrett, C/LW, USPHL, South Shore
Starrett was drafted in the third round, 88th overall and is a big left winger at 6’5 who has plenty of room to grow at 195 pounds. In 48 games this year, Starrett had 11 goals and 36 assists and will attend Cornell in the fall.
Frederik Olofsson, LW, USHL, Chicago
Olofsson hails from Sweden and finished his first season in the USHL with 4 goals and 11 assists in 24 games. Olofsson is a 6’1, 185 pound left winger and was drafted in the fourth round, 98th overall and will attend Colorado College in the fall.
Luc Snuggerud, D, Eden Prairie High School
Snuggerud was drafted in the fifth round, 141st overall and attended the same high school as Nick Leddy. A left handed shot at 5’11 and 165 pounds, Snuggerud will attend the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the fall. Snuggerud led Eden Prairie with 8 goals and 30 assists in the regular season.
Andreas Soderberg, D, Sweden-Jr., Skellefta Jr
At 6’4 and 200 pounds, Soderberg is the biggest skater that the Blackhawks drafted. Soderberg was drafted in the fifth round, 148th overall and recorded 2 goals and 7 assists in 48 games this year.
Dylan Sikura, C, OJHL, Aurora
The Blackhawks were forced to use a timeout in the sixth round as they had back to back picks. Apparently timeouts do exist in the NHL draft. Anyway, Sikura was drafted in the sixth round, 178th overall and is 5’10 and somewhere between 150 and 165 pounds. Sikura scored 17 goals and 47 assists in 41 games and will attend Northeastern in the fall.
Ivan Nalimov, G, Russia-Jr., Ska St. Petersburg 2
With their next pick the Blackhawks took Nalimov in the sixth round, 179th overall. Nalimov is a big goalie at 6’5 but did struggle this year. In 12 games, Nalimov had a 2.84 goals-against average and .894 save percentage.
Jack Ramsey, RW, BCHL, Penticton
Ramsey was the final pick for the Blackhawks and was drafted in the seventh round, 208th overall. In 57 games, Ramsey had 9 goals and 16 assists is 6’2 and 172 pounds and will attend the University of Minnesota. Ramsey is the son of Mike Ramsey who was on the 1980 Miracle on Ice team that defeated the Soviet Union and won gold.