By: Alex Patt
The Chicago Blackhawks have a number of interesting prospects in their organization, one that is starting to get some attention is Alexandre Fortin. The 21-year old winger from Blainville Canada has broken into the NHL with the Blackhawks this season and recorded his first NHL goal on a breakaway against Tampa Bay this past Sunday.
Fortin has played in six games this season after spending last year with the AHL Rockford IceHogs. He also played in two games with Rockford this year. So far in his brief NHL career he has one goal and one assist. There were talks about him getting NHL time or even making the roster right out of camp back in September, so he had not gone unnoticed prior to the start of the regular season.
Fortin has really gotten noticed by Blackhawks fans as he has had numerous scoring chances, but just the one goal. He seemed a bit snake-bit with some near misses and/or getting stoned. Hopefully his first career goal will help turn that tide. But overall he looks like a promising young piece for this team.
Fortin was not drafted by the Blackhawks, he was signed via free agency in September of 2016 after putting up some real good numbers in the QMJHL (52 goals, 83 assists in 173 games). Is he on par with youngers like Alex DeBrincat? No, but he still can be effective as a depth piece. Right now he will do what he can to stay up in the NHL and dress night in and night out. Staying healthy will be important for him as well, considering he missed some time during last year’s AHL season due to nagging injuries.
Hopefully Fortin can prove to be valuable, considering right now the scoring depth on the team is not as great as it has been in years past. It is nice that the franchise can at least boast some young talent when the main core is getting older.