Blackhawks Training Camp Standouts
By Scott King @ScottKingMedia
Alexandre Fortin… get used to hearing that name. The Blackhawks prospect who went undrafted two years in a row could earn himself a contract before camp is finished.
The 19-year-old forward was the talk of prospect camp and now he’s lighting up training camp to boot. In the first two days of training camp, Fortin snagged two goals and an assist.
Just like last year’s breakout Blackhawks star, Artemi Panarin, the most impressive thing may not be his skill level, but that the Hawks brought him in from obscurity.
“It’s a little bit of the Blackhawk way,” Hawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen said following the scrimmage. “Panarin was on people’s radar in the hockey world, certainly in Russia, but to bring in a player like that last year… [Fortin’s] certainly had a good showing here and I would expect with his character that he would continue to do that.”
“I like the way I played,” said Fortin following the scrimmage at the United Center. “I worked a lot this summer to [come] here stronger than I was in the prospect camp. I’m really happy with what I did out there.”
He’s remaining confident despite not hearing about a contract from the Hawks brass yet. “I didn’t talk with the Hawks [yet], but I’m just focused on what I do on the ice. We’ll see after.”
The Quebec native, who played in the QMJHL last year, sees himself being able to contribute playing with, or against, the speedy and skilled players of today’s NHL.”When the game is a little bit faster, that’s when I’m better. I work for that,” Fortin said.
“I just want to play hockey and prove who I am on the ice.”
Other impressive prospects
Vinnie Hinostroza (forward):
*22 years old, 5’9, 173 lbs
*51 points in 66 games in Rockford last year
*Played in seven regular season games with the Blackhawks last season, three playoff games
Ryan Hartman (forward):
*22 years old, 6’0, 181 lbs
*35 points in 61 games with Rockford last season
*played in eight Blackhawks regular season games in two seasons
*Scored for the red team Saturday
Richard Panik opened up the scoring with a goal for the White team. He also scored a goal in yesterday’s scrimmage.
Spencer Abbott scored twice for the White team.
Vinnie Hinostroza found the back of the net with two goals in the exhibition overtime.
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