Two Blackhawks Prospects Appear on The Athletic's Top Goaltending Prospects List

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Two Blackhawks Prospects Appear on The Athletic’s Top Goaltending Prospects List

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We’re all about prospects around here these days, so seeing prospects within the Blackhawks organization make the lists of some of the more prominent prospect rankings in the hockey world is fun and encouraging.

Scott Wheeler is one of the best in the business, and we saw three Blackhawks prospects make his Top 50 list on Monday, with Frank Nazar (26), Kevin Korchinski (30), and Lukas Reichel (41) representing the Blackhawks. Wheeler released his Top 10 goaltenders list this morning, and there are more Blackhawks on that list.

First, here is what Scott lists as the criteria for being eligible for this list:

  1. Be under 25 years of age.
  2. Not be one of the players NHL team’s top two options in net.

Drew Commesso checks in for the Blackhawks at No. 8 on Wheeler’s rankings. Commesso, 20, is gearing up for his third season at Boston University and had a strong showing at the Blackhawks development camp earlier this month.

Commesso also had a strong showing for Team USA in the Olympics last winter:

The 20-year-old netminder posted a .915 and .914 save percentage and a 2.99 and 2.52 GAA in his first two seasons at BU, respectively. Wheeler says that Commesso “blends a studious approach to the position with sharp angles, sound technique, and a calming, poised demeanor to keep shots in his chest, control rebounds, settle down plays, and hold firm to his edges.”

Also making an appearance on the list as an honorable mention is Arvid Söderblom.

Söderblom made a handful of appearances for the Blackhawks out of necessity last season but spent the bulk of the year in Rockford helping the IceHogs make an appearance in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The 22-year-old goaltender posted a .919 save percentage and 2.76 GAA in 38 games in Rockford last season and will serve as the primary goaltender for the IceHogs this season, with Kyle Davidson and the Blackhawks preferring that he spend at least another year in Rockford developing before he has a shot at being an NHL regular.

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.