What does it mean for the Blackhawks to have a legit center for their second line in Brad Richards? And what does it mean for Richards to skate with the talented Blackhawks forwards?
On Tuesday evening, ESPN Chicago’s Scott Powers confirmed what most of us have been assuming for some time: Kevin Hayes isn’t signing with the Blackhawks.
Earlier, we looked at the top ten blue line prospects in the Blackhawks organization. It’s a good, deep group who could impact the Hawks’ NHL roster soon.
The same can be said for the group of talented forwards the Hawks have accumulated over the last few years. You’ll notice how many of the team’s top forward prospects will be playing college hockey this season, a trend the Hawks have continued throughout Stan Bowman’s tenure as general manager.
Let’s now rank the best forwards in the system.
With the prospect camp behind us, it’s a good time to evaluate Chicago’s organizational depth. There is a lot to like about the Blackhawks collection of prospects right now, and there are a few question marks as well.
Today, let’s look at the team’s prospects on the blue line. Here are our rankings of the top defensemen in the organization.
On Tuesday, the NHL and NBC Sports Group announced the broadcast plans for the 2014-15 season. And, as expected, the Chicago Blackhawks will be prominently featured.
Now that the Blackhawks annual prospect camp and fan convention are both in the rear view mirror, the next date on the calendar for Hawks fans is in less than four weeks.
Kevin Hayes, the team’s first round draft pick in 2010, has 25 days left until he becomes a free agent. And all indications are that the Hawks will be receiving a second round compensation pick when the Boston College grad walks away from the organization that selected him four summers ago.
Wednesday is Duncan Keith’s 31st birthday. Less than one month removed from receiving his second Norris Trophy, the future Hall of Famer continues to be a rock on the Hawks’ blue line.
Tuesday morning the Nashville Predators announced the signings of two veteran centers.
Mike Ribeiro signed a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.05M, and Derek Roy signed a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.0M. The Preds needed to add depth at the position when Mike Fisher was lost for 4-6 months to a torn Achilles.
The Blackhawks announced Monday that they have hired Kevin Dineen to replace Jamie Kompon as an assistant coach.
The Blackhawks prospect camp is under way, and there will be a lot said about how some of the new faces mix in with names some fans have become more familiar with over the past few years.
Not many of these players are playing for a shot at the United Center ice this season, but they’ll certainly show the organization how they look next to the rest of the team’s best young talent.
Here are a few things to watch as the prospects skate this week.