Back in the Fall, Chicago Hockey Now ranked the top 10 prospects in the Chicago Blackhawks pipeline. Those rankings had Connor Bedard sitting at the top of the list–while only being in the organization for three months. Now we’ll wrap up with Nolan Allan.
Current Team: Rockford IceHogs
Stats: Goals: 2; Assists: 7; Points 9
Drafted: 2021 32nd overall (1st round) by Stan Bowman
So…how’s it going?
Allan has been consistent as a first or second pairing this season for the IceHogs. The steady, smooth consistency he had with Seattle last season in the WHL continued on his professional tour.
Ranking Higher, Lower, Holding, or Graduated?
Holding. Like the others, he’ll slide up as the first three (Bedard, Reichel, Korchinski) graduate the prospect pool.
Now and Later: Where Does Nolan Allan Fit In the Grand Scheme of Things?
There has been a lot of buzz around blue line prospects whether it’s Sam Rinzel, Ethan Del Mastro, or Taige Harding. But what about Allan? He goes about his business and does so in a workmanship fashion. Allan does his job and has done it well this season with Rockford.
We’re so proud🥲 pic.twitter.com/ZHTFeo5gyK
— Rockford IceHogs (@goicehogs) December 31, 2023
Where does he fit in, then, down the road? Allan’s game is about substance and being in the right place at the right time. He’s been paired with Del Mastro often, and has a chance to be a dependable, no nonsense option for the Blackhawks down the road.
Want to see a version of him in Chicago already? Think Alex Vlasic. The two are very similar in making the smart, not forced play while being very responsible in their own end. Will the scoresheet be lit up? Not to the levels expected with Kevin Korchinski, but he’ll chip in where needed.
Allan turns 21 near the end of April and is one of many young Blackhawks prospects who could very likely be a blue line staple.