Some experienced players will be departing, but the Winterhawks will have plenty of talent returning.
Here's a list of those players, with their hockey age and some comments by Travis Green, assistant coach and general manager:
SLATED TO BE BACK ...
Paul Bittner, 17
Big (6-4, 195) and skilled; "he was something to watch as his year went on"
Chase De Leo, 18
Two-way standout won't be NHL draft eligible till 2014
Adam De Champlain, 19
Physical forward, fighter, energy guy who chipped in with 11 goals
Presten Kopeck, 18
Gritty player's season ended with broken hand; figures to be top-nine forward
Keegan Iverson, 17
Physical guy "has a chance to be a real good player in our league and a good pro"
Joey Baker, 20
Only overage on returning roster; checker did well in playoffs
Nicolas Petan, 18
NHL draft awaits for 120-point center (9-19-28 in the playoffs)
Taylor Leier, 19
Could improve greatly on 27-35-62; concussion put him during Memorial Cup
Alex Schoenborn, 17
"It was a learning year for Alex," and he was injured
Dominic Turgeon, 17
" 'Turge' is going to be a great player in the league, a potential 100-point guy"
Joe Mahon, 19
Tough guy (6-5, 210) moves well, has good hands, which surprised the coaches
Oliver Bjorkstrand, 18
Had 31-32-63 in rookie season, and his numbers should go up
Brendan Leipsic, 19
Spitfire earned NHL contract after 120 points (10-14-24 playoffs)
Josh Hanson, 19
Played in shadow of four great D-men, but he'll get more chances in 2013-14
Shaun MacPherson, 19
Should also get an opportunity; "has a lot of upside, offensively"
Kiril Vorobev, 18
"Loved Kiril as a player and person," but WHL import draft looms
Layne Viveiros, 18
"Learned a lot about conditioning and strength" through relegation and limited time
Derrick Pouliot, 19
Had 4-16-20 in playoffs after injury-riddled season; could he make Pittsburgh?
Brendan Burke, 18
Played in 33 games, had five shutouts; "huge upside"
Jarrod Schamerhorn, 18
Could be challenged by younger goalies
Keoni Texeira, 16
D-man prospect stayed with Hawks during playoffs; strong, likes to be physical
Zach Paterson, 17
"Good puck-moving defenseman, plays style we like"
Justin Greer, 16
"Our (scouts) really like him, he can do anything" as D-man
Jordan Davies, 17
"A steady defenseman" who could fit into mix
PROBABLY GOING ...
Ty Rattie, 20
Signed St. Louis sniper had 151-197-348 in career (50-45-95 playoffs) and terrific Memorial Cup
Tyler Wotherspoon, 20
Signed Calgary stay-at-home D-man had plus-62 in great final year
Seth Jones, 19
Potential No. 1 NHL draft pick, D-man expects to play for Colorado Avalanche next season
Mac Carruth, 21
Chicago prospect leaves as Portland's all-time great goaltender, statistically
Troy Rutkowski, 21
D-man earned Ottawa contract; leaves as Hawks' all-time regular-season games-played leader (351)
Taylor Peters, 21
Checking forward's spirited play earned him Dallas contract