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Chicago Blackhawks Announce Akim Aliu As Unknown Prospect Heading To Atlanta

COLUMBUS, OH - JUNE 23:  56th overall draft pick Akim Aliu of the Chicago Blackhawks poses for a portrait during the 2007 NHL Entry Draft at Nationwide Arena on June 23, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Kyle WahlgrenCorrespondent IJune 23, 2010

While Dustin Byfuglien's blockbuster name continues to flood websites, one name was left unknown in today's big agreement. 

Akim Aliu.

The 21 year old right winger has been named as the unknown propect in the afternoon "blockbuster" trade involving Byfuglien.

Aliu played the majority of the season with the Rockford Ice Hogs. He accumulated 11 goals and six assists during the 2009-10 season before being shipped to Toledo near the end of the year.

Often compared to Shayne Corson, Aliu will bring the Thrashers organization all the tools for a future power forward. His 6'2", 200 pound presence in the crease will create playing time for Aliu wherever he ends up next season. 

Most notably, scouts report he shows great stick skills and puck presence, with the only haunting factor being a hazing issue.

In 2005-06, while playing for Windsor in the OHL, Aliu was involved in an altercation with teammate Steve Downie.

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