The Journey: Fastest Rising Forward Prospects

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                                                                     Tage Thompson gets low to release


It’s time to turn to Dobber rankings of the Top 220 Forward Prospects for this month’s edition of The Journey. Austin Czarnik was this month’s biggest riser jumping up 46 spots, but I covered him fairly recently here.


Dominik Kahun – CHI, up to 176 from NR

With not a whole lot of cap space to play with and still in win-now mode, the Chicago Blackhawks require players on the cheap that they can slot into their line-up and hope will have an impact. Enter free agent signing Dominik Kahun. Kahun could have an easier transition than most European free agent signings given that he played his junior hockey in Sudbury where he put of campaigns of 40 and 31 points in 58 and 43 games respectively. But that was over four years ago and Kahun returns to North America with a more impressive resume. For the past four years, he been competing in the DEL in his home country of Germany and is coming off a year in which he finished third on EHC Munchen in scoring behind AHL legend Keith Aucoin and Brooks Macek who was recently signed by the Vegas Golden Knights. Kahun produced at nearly a point per game with 41 in 42 games and was second on the team with 29 helpers.  He finished tied for 13th in league scoring and his point-per-game rate of 0.98 was the eighth best mark in the league. Kahun has excelled in each of the last three DEL seasons as he has recorded 105 points in 122 games. He’s also represented Germany at the past three World Championships with 14 points over 22 contests and showed well at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea finishing second on the surprise silver medal-winning squad in scoring with five points in seven tournament games. He appears ready for the next challenge.


After striking gold with Artemi Panarin, surely there is always going to be an increased focus whenever the Hawks make a Euro free agent signing. While Kahun likely won’t reach nearly those heights, at 23 he’s heading into his prime and has the requisite skill to make an impact if given the right deployment.


Oskar Lindblom – PHI, 37 spots to 92

No one’s expectations were as high as mind for Lindblom heading in the 2017-18 season. I’ve been a huge fan of his for the past couple of year and after the year he had in Sweden in 2016-17 I fully expected him to ste