Welcome to the first edition of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) prospects report, where we will take a look at prospects in the Chicago Blackhawks system and track their progress throughout the 2019-20 junior hockey season.
Unfortunately, two of the players we are looking at are currently injured, but another one is heating up the Ice.
Let’s dig in.
Michal Teply (LW)
Team: Winnipeg Ice (WHL)
Stats: 4 goals, 3 assists, 17 shots in 5 games
Blackhawks fans will want to keep both eyes on Winnipeg this season. Not only to see how Chicago stacks up against the Jets, but also to see how Teply is progressing.
In the early going, Teply — one of Chicago’s fourth round picks in 2019 — is certainly displaying why he was selected fourth overall by the Ice in the CHL Import Draft.
The Czech winger is averaging better than a point per game through his first five appearances in North America, leading Winnipeg in both goals and total points.
Teply has scored in four of give games to date, and has been held without a point in only one game.
He could look like a late-round steal for the Blackhawks before the season is done.
Cole Moberg (D)
Team: Prince George Cougars (WHL)
Stats: 1G, 3 SOG in 2GP
After scoring the first goal of the season for the Cougars, Moberg suffered an upper-body injury in the second game that will keep him out until mid-October.
Moberg was selected in the seventh round by the Blackhawks this past June, and was the only Cougar drafted by an NHL club this year.
The 18-year-old recorded 13 goals and 27 assists in 61 games for Prince George last season.
Alexis Gravel (G)
Team: Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Stats: 0-2, .789 save percentage
What coaches are saying:
“He’s got some confidence. He’s just poised in the net. There’s no panic. There were a couple of shots (that were) definitely screened, where you think it’s going in, and he was just square to the puck. It hits him and the rebound comes, and he swipes it away.”
Rockford IceHogs coach Derek King on Gravel’s performance at Traverse City Prospect Tournament via The Hockey News.
Much like Moberg, Gravel’s season has been hindered early due to injury.
He allowed four goals in each of his two starts, and was yanked after only facing 13 shots in his second outing. Gravel posted a .913 save percentage last season and helped the Mooseheads reach the QMJHL finals and the Memorial Cup finals.
Gravel did, however have a good showing in Traverse City leading all goalies in goals-against-average (2.49) and save-percentage (0.915) and could be in line to represent Canada at the 2020 World Junior Championships should he return to form following the injury.