On Monday, the Blackhawks announced the roster that will report to training camp this week as Chicago looks to defend the Stanley Cup.
While there weren’t as many departures after this championship as there were in 2010, there will still be some intriguing players on the ice when training camp begins.
There will be 31 forwards, 19 defensemen and six goaltenders at training camp. Forwards Brandon Pirri, Jimmy Hayes, Jeremy Morin and Ben Smith are expected to compete for a roster spot on Opening Night, but many of these young players will return to either Rockford or their junior teams.
Among the forwards at camp will be former first round draft picks Kyle Beach, Mark McNeill, Philip Danault, Teuvo Teräväinen and Ryan Hartman.
On the blue line, top prospects Adam Clendening and Ryan Stanton will try to make an impression, while newly-added AHL veterans Michael Kostka and Theo Peckham and Dylan Olsen will hope to get some attention as well. Dillon Fournier and Klas Dahlbeck will also attend the camp.
In net, the NHL roster appears to be set with Corey Crawford and Nikolai Khabibulin, but Antti Raanta will be trying to make Khabibulin expendable. Raanta, 24, signed in the spring and hopes to be playing in Chicago soon; of course, Crawford’s new contract means anyone in camp will be trying to earn the back-up role for the next seven years.
There will also be seven unsigned free agents at camp including Joe Gleason, who was drafted by the Blackhawks in the seventh round in 2008.
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