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NHL: A look at the Blackhawks' next wave of young talent

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 11:57 p.m. CST

The names are familiar to long-time Blackhawks fans and those who came aboard during the re-birth of the franchise within the last decade: Toews, Kane, Keith, Hossa, Sharp, Seabrook, Crawford.

They are among the mainstays of a Hawks team that captured two Stanley Cup championships in the last five years and appears poised for another run at the coveted trophy during the 2014-15 season.

There is a generation of players currently honing their skills as they seek to become household names of their own and they were on display during the Hawks' annual prospect camp that concludes Friday.

"They're going to get stronger and more educated in their thought processes in a lot of different situations," coach Joel Quenneville said. "It's just a natural progression where these guys should be getting closer and closer to getting that next step."

They are the future. They are the Next Wave.

Adam Clendening

Position: Defenseman

Draft: Second round (36th overall) in 2011

Age: 21

Height/weight: 5-11, 187

Hometown: Wheatfield, N.Y.

2013-14 season: AHL Rockford (12 goals, 47 assists in 74 games)

The skinny: High-end offensive talent who can move the puck from deep in his own end and into the offensive zone. Potential future quarterback of the power play still needs to work on reactions and positioning defensively.

Estimated arrival: 2015-16 season.

The quote: "If a spot opens up, it opens up. If not, it's just time to get better in the American League."

Phillip Danault

Position: Forward

Draft: First round (26th overall) in 2011

Age: 21

Height/weight: 6-1, 198

Hometown: Victoriaville, Quebec

2013-14 season: AHL Rockford (six goals, 20 assists in 72 games)

The skinny: The Hawks envision Danault in a role similar to veteran Marcus Kruger, with a focus on playing tight defensively, killing penalties and winning faceoffs.

Estimated arrival: 2016-17 season

The quote: "Everybody wants to get there as fast as possible. You just have to be patient. That's the hardest part in hockey."

Ryan Hartman

Position: Forward

Draft: First round (30th overall) in 2013

Age: 19

Height/weight: 5-11, 194

Hometown: West Dundee

2013-14 season: OHL Plymouth (25 goals, 28 assists in 52 games); AHL Rockford (three goals, four assists in nine games)

The skinny: Big-time offensive talent needs to add bulk and build strength. Despite playing often against older, stronger players, he held his own in a brief stint with Rockford last season.

Estimated arrival: 2016-17 season

The quote: "Seeing (the Hawks) always winning, you obviously want to be a part of that. It takes time. Hopefully when you get your chance, you make the best of it."

Stephen Johns

Position: Defenseman

Draft: Second round (60th overall) in 2010

Age: 22

Height/weight: 6-4, 220

Hometown: Wampum, Penn.

2013-14 season: Notre Dame (eight goals, 12 assists in 40 games); AHL Rockford (one goal, four assists in eight games)

The skinny: A big hitter who has harnessed a reckless style, plays in the mode of Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook. Still seeking to add offense to his game.

Estimated arrival: 2015-16 season

The quote: "You don't know what's going to happen in the fall so you have to keep your eyes open to every situation and be opportunistic."

Mark McNeill

Position: Forward

Draft: First round (18th overall) in 2011

Age: 21

Height/weight: 6-1, 214

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

2013-14 season: AHL Rockford (18 goals, 19 assists in 76 games)

The skinny: Has been tried at center, skills appear to be better suited for the wing. Needs to improve his skating to reach the next level.

Estimated arrival: 2015-16 season

The quote: "It comes down to a little more flexibility and foot speed. That's what I've been continuously working on."

Teuvo Teravainen

Position: Forward

Draft: First round (18th overall) in 2012

Age: 19

Height/weight: 5-11, 176

Hometown: Helsinki, Finland

2013-14 season: Jokerit in Finnish League (nine goals, 35 assists in 49 games); AHL Rockford (two goals in five games); Blackhawks (no points in three games)

The skinny: Already has displayed uncanny offensive skills that should make him the Blackhawks' No. 2 center of the future. Needs to add bulk to his slight frame.

Estimated arrival: 2014-15 season

The quote: "I think I can make a different level. I think I can play better."

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