The Chicago Blackhawks will challenge to be the best in the Western Conference this season, that much we know. What's scary to think about is how Stan Bowman's cupboard is stocked full of talent for the Hawks' future.
As most teams should, the Hawks are being very careful with the development of their prospects. Some of these young men could be starters on other NHL teams, but in the Hawks system they are working their way up.
There are up to 20 key players in the system that have a future in hockey. Narrowing the list a bit, here are 12 players in the organization that may have the best shot to break into the league wearing red, white and black.