CHICAGO, IL - MAY 04: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks skate during player introductions before Game Two of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on May 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
To help prepare our readers for the NHL Entry Draft, scheduled to take place on June 27 and 28 in Philadelphia, Madhouse Enforcer is bringing you a series of posts not only introducing you to the team’s top prospects, but also to which players could be a good fit for the Chicago Blackhawks in the future.
Today we continue our countdown of the Top 10 prospects in the Hawks’ system with our number nine prospect, center Alex Broadhurst.
Broadhurst, who was a seventh round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has risen through the ranks in the Hawks’ farm system and become one of the team’s most intriguing prospects. A product of New Lenox, Illinois, Broadhurst played two seasons in the USHL for the Green Bay Gambles and one season with the OHL’s London Knights (the same team that Patrick Kane played for) before joining the Rockford IceHogs in 2013.
With the IceHogs, where he plays with his brother Terry, Broadhurst had an excellent debut season in the AHL. He racked up 16 goals and 29 assists in 75 games with the team, and has established himself as one of the top up-and-coming forwards in the system.
Broadhurst signed a three-year entry level contract with the Blackhawks in May of 2013.
Outlook for the Blackhawks:
Broadhurst may not have the name recognition of some of the Hawks’ other prospects like Teuvo Teravainen or Kevin Hayes (brother of former Blackhawks winger Jimmy Hayes), but his skills on the ice speak for themselves. In a day and age when players are utilized not only for their skills on offense but also on special teams and defense, Broadhurst could be an intriguing guy to keep an eye on if the Hawks end up calling up players to replace guys like Michal Handzus and Kris Versteeg next season.