Blackhawks Extend Slater Koekkoek

On Monday morning the Blackhawks announced that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Slater Koekkoek on a one-year contract extension that runs through the 2019-20 season. The deal has a $925,000 cap hit.

94 thoughts on “Blackhawks Extend Slater Koekkoek

  1. 9 more rfas to go, be seeing their signings from now on, wonder who and how many are not resigned.

  2. @Bod – sorry can’t agree

    I like him but at the moment I think he’s getting exactly the credit he deserves (1 year prove it contract for just under $1 million) – he’s a nice depth piece but his game needs to improve if he’s going to be a regular top 6 D man in the future especially with all the younger guys coming up and maybe Byram being added to that list

  3. I wasn’t sure if both Dahlstrom and Koekkoek were going to be retained. Looks like they will. I think Dahlstrom is waivers eligible for another 31 games. Not sure Koekkoek will be.

    So the Hawks now have six guys signed to the NHL roster: Keith, Seabrook, Murphy, Gustafsson, Dahlstrom and Koekkoek.

    It’s basically the same blue line as last season. I’m not sure what any offseason moves may look like but I will be disappointed if the only meaningful change is not bringing back Forsling and promoting Jokiharyu.

    I think if Jokiharyu plays the entire season in the NHL next year, the blue line as constructed (Dahlstrom/Koekoek rotating in as the 6th defenseman) will be an improvement over last years blue line. However, I was hoping for a more substantive change, involving a true top 4 addition to this group via a trade or FA signing.

  4. He has good physical tools but makes mental mistakes too often to be reliable. He’s played only 107 games in the NHL so he could improve with more experience – but he’s 25 and played only 107 games for a reason … so …

  5. Miroslav: dont be surprised if thats what happens. There is an interview with Stan Bowman and he talks aboot how the defense doesnt really need much in change. He then points to the Islanders with the same defense as last year and they shaved off a goal against this season and got the Jennings.
    I was like “Oh God. Please no.”

  6. Good observation Loags RE: Bowman and his reference to Islanders template. He can’t be that dense. Someone of substance (Murphy, Gustaffsson, Keith or Seabrook) will be traded if they anticipate younger D-men making the team. That’s not going to solve the problem either unless he/they (individually or collectively) are the second coming of Hjalmersson for example, who came in seamlessly on a dime.

    We’ll see.

  7. There was an interview with Colliton a couple weeks back where he described the defensive system he wants to play and he called it “man and a half” – as differentiated from “man-to-man”. In a nutshell, it is a 200′ system that requires all 5 men on the ice to play as a tight unit within the scheme. It is designed to disrupt the opponents plays and spend more time on offense in the offensive zone than playing defense in the defensive zone. That’t overly simplistic, but the point is that for the system to be effective, it requires more mental acuity than physical prowess. It’s more important for the players to understand and buy into the system to play as a cohesive unit than it is to have players with great individual skills. That’s not to say any old slug can play the system effectively – there must be some physical ability too – but it is to say the system can be effective without stud d-men. This isn’t a on/off proposition – there are degrees of effectiveness so having better athletes capable of playing the system makes the system more effective than it could be with lesser athletes.

    The point is that the Hawks’ team defense should be better next season even if they have the same personnel – so long as the players buy into Colliton’s system and are capable of playing it. Players who can’t mentally process the requirements of the system will not be able to play it and should get weeded out.

  8. He showed some flashes but he blows a lot of coverages and makes ill-advised impulsive decisions. Maybe it’s because of their contract/waiver status but I find it a bit weird that at the end of last year Forsling got more minutes than Dahlstrom and Koekkoek but it’s the latter two have been re-upped.

  9. Entwistle and Guelph Storm complete an amazing OHL playoff run winning the Championship

    The final game was 8-3 – Guelph won 4 in a row after Ottawa had run off 14 straight playoff wins

    So that’s Entwistle and Gravel in Mem Cup – Byram’s Van Giants play game 7 tonight – if they win we’ll get to see him at Mem Cup as well

  10. @ Wrap – ordered the game tonight between Giants and Raiders. Hoping to see a Vancouver win!

  11. KK signing a good low-risk good move which buys time for the youngsters to develop. Mobile, a good passer, with a good shot. Needs to learn to pick up the right man in his zone.

    Regarding Loags’ report about Bowman saying the D doesn’t not needing much change, if Bowman is being truthful, then he won’t be taking Byram. If he picks Byram, which I think he should, then I wouldn’t take his remarks seriously.

  12. Take two:

    KK signing a good low-risk good move which buys time for the youngsters to develop. Mobile, a good passer, with a good shot. Needs to learn to pick up the right man in his zone.

    Regarding Loags’ report about Bowman saying the D does not need much change, if Bowman is being truthful, then he won’t be taking Byram. If he picks Byram, which I think he should, then I wouldn’t take his remarks seriously.

  13. I think Bowman meant, when he said that, was with basically the same group of D the they were able to do that because of a new system and coach style. Not that that was the plan, just that it could be done with same group that wasnt good yr before when implementing a new system and having a full yr to do the system.

  14. Mo, I agree that Bowman wasn’t saying that they didn’t want to upgrade d-men – he meant that the defense would be improved even with the same personnel because they will go through training camp and preseason learning Colliton’s system.

  15. @ER – that’s what I remember as well – in fact people like Powers and Lazerus seem to think he will get a D man via UFA or trade – not sure if they actually know anything but they must get a feel for what the team is thinking being around them so much – at least you’d like to think so

  16. Boston hasnt lost a game since I said they won the Cup after beating Columbus in game 4 and 5. That was it then.

    New York Islanders had to wait a wk to play. Columbus Blue Jackets had to wait a wk to play. Carolina Hurricanes had to wait a wk to play. Boston Bruins had to wait a wk to play.

  17. Same old same old Stan Bowman, signing Wedin??? Why, another smallish forward who played DIV.2 hockey in Sweden aganst JC. What are the pro scouts watching, seriously. Waste of time and money. Sign a real free agent from the NHL< NHL< NHL!!!!
    Our upgrade on D needs to happen with trading Murphy and Anisimov for a real Dman in the TOP 4 and a forward prospect! Our bottom 5-6 is full of so so candidates.

  18. Like the hybrid defense style planned. In that system, seems similar to what alot of teams use, the Dmen and C play man to man down low and wingers play zone in the high zone. Use good stick and postioning, with speed and movement to create pressure and less physical demand, should work well for smaller wingers and others like Saad etc. are able use pk skills regularly. Checks there as down low when defense pinch and fwd drops back, C or D has to recognize and pick pincher player and zone guy adjusts his play to recognize who is in his zone. Be a bit of learning curve but should be alot more player friendly.

    Wedin played division 1 in Sweden, his team was relegated to division 2 for next season was why his contract was voided and he became free agent.

  19. Here’s what we know on defense :
    Gustafsson and Keith will likely be a pair, with Gusty running the power play.
    Murphy will be on the second pair with ?
    Seabrook will be on the third pair, likley with either Dahlstrom, Slater K. or Forsling.
    Where Jokihariju fits remains to be seen.

    I think Stan either signs a UFA defenseman for the 2nd pair or makes a trade. But I just don’t see him adding more than one. Lots of quantity.

  20. @wrap

    He looked like he wanted the puck all night. Good sign from a young player in a game 7 championship. He plays for an underwhelming team that got out skated most of the night. Says a lot about the fact that he lead the playoffs in scoring. He created the entire play to set up the first goal – deaked his closest checker at the blue line, blows around him and makes a nice pass to the front of the net. He reads the play well.

    That said, I’m torn between he and Turcotte and Dach.

  21. I do not know how Turcotte or Cozens would fit into the lineup. Its full of euro FW. So we must be drafting the top pair Defensemen.

    Having 5 very good Defensemen would make the new system work magic.

  22. Just thought I’d chime in on the PA-Vancouver series, as I saw all the PA games live and the others on TV. He is obviously a top level talent, he and Noah Gregor (San Jose property) were the best players on the ice. The one comment I see from Bodhisattva which I agree with 100% is he does indeed want the puck all the time, he is very offense-minded and the system Vancouver plays allows him shows his high-end skills. I was particularly impressed with his ability to carry the puck out of his zone and his vision with some cross ice passes in the offensive zone; Vancouver had one of the top powerplays in the league and Byram is the main reason for that. Very good shot with a quick release also. My cronies who saw Morgan Reilly play here (with Moose Jaw) say Byram reminds them of Reilly.

    We also see Dach and Cozens here in PA, I’ll be interested to get some more “local expert” opinions on these two and pass that info along. I have seen Dach play, but not Cozens. Between Byram and Dach I’d say Byram has more upside.

  23. It’s obviously a really good thing that the Hawks have a shot to draft Byram.

    I’ve been reviewing the Hockey News top 50. Just reading the reviews, its amazing after pick number 20, roughly, the ceilings shrink and the players after that have significant holes in their game. Granted they are 18 years old.

    I still think we should take the best available player at #3, then try to move up from #43.

  24. Have been saying for weeks that Byram needs to be the pick. Had 26 points in 22 playoff games, making him the first d-man to ever lead the WHL playoffs in scoring. Not bad for a 17 year-old (turns 18 just before the draft). Decision should now be as easy as the first two picks. Low risk, (very) high return. Nuff said.

  25. Thanks Bod and Ben for the Byram info – I’ve been watching highlights of the series so I have some idea of Byram’s play – the first VAN goal was all him as you said Bod

    Particularly encouraged by others comments that you both agreed on like wanting the puck – you want someone who doesn’t shrink from the big moments, who wants to be a difference maker

    As Original said it’s starting to look like an easy pick to take Byram at #3 and I’d be fine with that

  26. If Byram is the pick, with the defense so young, would the unthinkable be considered and ask 99 and 88 waive their nmc. With Tallon wanting to win now and Q there now would a reunion and another cup run together happen. Florida has 13th pick and some good young forwards like Barkov, Huberdeau, Noel coming out of juniors. If land a few good young forwards and picks, to go with Debrincat, Strome, Saad and Kurashev ans Entwistle have a strong forward core to build around.

    With Byram, Boqvist, Joki and Gus/Beaudin as top 4 and find a good partner for Murphy to become top end shutdown pair, defense definitely looks rosy.

    That would mean another down year next season and a goalie being described as best goalie since Carey Price who will go high in 1st round, named Askarov out of Russia , if maybe able to land him be pretty solid core, contention would be knocked back a couple of years but window would stay open alot longer.

    Something to consider, Not sure if i would or not.

  27. Be in a position to retain salary for Tallon too and help him add more players, maybe Panarin and add to the young player return pool.

  28. Ian it would be a bold move, maybe even smart in he long run, but not happening-19 fills a huge role that is impossible to replace in the next couple of years and 88 fills seats–I’m leaning with Original and Wrap and we get another defenceman (it may impact Mitchell and his NCAA career as it will get crowded on the depth chart and that is a good thing in general but..)

  29. Blackhawks moved up nine spots in the draft while the Bulls fell three spots. Bulls have not had much luck the past few years.

    Hawks needed a big break to try to keep up with teams like COL, who have lots of talent and are stockpiling high picks.

  30. Trade Anisimov, Forsling’s rights and a conditional 1st to Florida for Mike Hoffman. Hawks retain $500K on AA. Florida is a very likely landing spot for Panarin thus replacing Hoffman who’s a 1 year rental. A line of…

    Hoffman – Toews – Kane

    …would be unstoppable.

  31. Also grab Haula from Vegas for 1 year…he will be cheap and can play a decent 3C until Barratt, Kurashev or Entwistle (or Kampf for that matter) is ready to step up the following season.

    Hoffman – Toews – Kane
    Cat – Strome – Perlini/Sikura
    Kahun – Haula (from Vegas) – Saad
    Caggs – Kampf – Entwistle/Perlini

    Keith – Gus
    Byram – Jokiharju
    Murphy – Seabs
    Koekko/Dahlstrom

    That’s a better roster then last year. Hawks would still have cap to add Dzingel or Nyquist to play the 2RW and they can let Sikura develop further…if he does, they can move someone at the TDL. This would be more then doable and still have room to sign our RFA’s after next season.

  32. Noonan not disagreeing at all, the financial end would suffer too much. Byram and Boqvist may be playing big roles in a couple of years but still be 3 or 4 years from their prime and peak play, just not convinced a cake and eat it too approach is the best road to success.

  33. Ian I’ve been saying that for a while but last year’s effort and energy has changed me a bit about seeing what we can add around 19 and 88, while still looking at at 5 year+ plan.

  34. Noonan hope so, see what this summer brings, but i feeland have said often too either you win with 19 and 88 or move forward, trying to make everybody happy usually doesn’t give alot of cups.

  35. The plan looks like keep 19 88 to the end of time and make the transition with trading Hoss and Hammer and others and bring in new wave of good young fast/new league style type players.

    Were lucky when had 12th pick and went to top 3 pick. Thats massive. With who we already had coming and a top 3 pick, that and only because of that keeps us on an even level playing field as COL going forward. These other top teams will weed out. Prob only CAL and BOS will be top 5 teams when COL and CHI are the top 2 teams in a few yrs, for a few yrs.

    It may take these young wave of players to be in the start of their prime yrs but when enough of them are established, its on. From then on were top team again and getting better each yr as they do.

  36. Thats just it Mo, you already have had 2 even say 3 years of 88 and 19s prime gone and wait another 3 or 4 for what maybe one good run if your lucky. Take advantage of 88 and 19, its 1) take advantage of what they still bring back on ice, another couple of playoof runs
    2) if not take advantage of future assets they can return to give you best chance to win in few years or 3) what appears to be happening, keep them around to fill the seats and hope the team thats put together while doing that is good enough to justify it. Personally i prefer 1 or 2.

  37. Ian, it is painful that the prime years of 19 and 88 will begin to slowly slip away without the prospect of another Cup run for at least the next couple of years. Three Cups and three massive parades between 2010-15. A hundred years from now they will be talking about the dynasty. Your Option 1 is what the heart says. Option 2 may be what the head says but it’s hard to accept. 19 and 88 are more than great players. They have long defined the great and fun character of our team.

  38. I know what your saying. I personally think they will still be good enough at 35-40. Not as good as last two yrs or these 5 coming though. When we have a stacked roster again in 2 yrs that makes the difference in winning and having a yr like this yr. Were wernt deep and thats the only difference in roster this and top teams this yr. Yet all the top teams got beat and it leaves the up and coming teams to get a free Cup this yr. That wont happen often. Prob only this yr.

    So we need to reload so we can beat teams like COL and them being deep for the coming yrs. Boston and Calgary and Vegas would not be able to beat Colorado in a yr or two once Colorado is deep. So we need to stack the roster, like were doing, to complete with Colorado. I would good with Colorado and Chicago winning Cups. Its going to be ones of those things were both teams are that good that both teams will win.

    So for what your saying I think we should use salary cap every yr and get ufas/trade for D guy this summer and every summer were not full roster. So were deep, every yr. Sure the young wave will just makes us even better each yr. In the meantime fill the fuking roster with good ufas not tank ufas. We won the tank ufa thing, by getting a top 3 player in BoQ and a top 3 quality pick with a top pair Defensemen or a 1st line center with size.

    Now its time to have a full roster. Unless were waiting for a certain ufa to become a ufa, why wait, to fill the roster to deep.

    I really do not think there will, that, much a difference in 19 88 for 30-35 and 35-40 that its just a matter of having more quality role players or mid tier players.

    I mean they are not ever going to be beasts like they were from 2009-2016 again, so its just being very good players that contribute the amount of points and roles they do. The young wave will take out the other teams fast young/core players and then 19 88 can do there thing, being older, but being good.

    I see the other older players 30-40 that are elite players from the prime yrs still playing good and on top 10 teams but they do not have that depth.

  39. I cant say now, it will happen fast. This young wave coming. Yea they wont be in their prime yrs yet, they will be very good though. Getting better each yr. Just like COL young wave.

    Its tuff to wait, after these last two tank ufas yrs. It will be worth the wait. I mean if we got every top ufas we could like DAL and STL did you only have 1 2 or maybe another chance and then thats it. By going the route of sucking for two yrs llike we did and getting two top 6 quality picks, now we can add those ufas like DAL and STL did when the time is tight and have two studs along with that.

    I would think feel worried if we didnt have BQ and Byram with good ufas and deep roster. Then having two studs and a deep roster. Boston and Calgary prob wont be able to beat COL in a couple yrs, we will. Back and forth, though we will. We prob be like CAL and BOS if we didnt get BQ and Byram.

    Getting those two studs, BQ and Byram are worth the wait and will be key players in beating COL in the 5 coming yrs to win a Cup.

  40. I do not support the bail on 19 and 88 option – ie. trading one or both for assets for the future

    Maybe if next year they fall back you consider it but if this year’s playoffs show us anything it’s that’s the Hawks are not that far away IMO

    They need a few things – a D man, some grit, some FW depth but with the cap space they have and the assets for trading they have and the trajectory of the younger players I think Stan still is looking to win a Cup with T and K and I agree

    If you add Joki, Kubalik, another D man (say Edler for example) another FW (say Lee for example) maybe you trade for Kadri and swap out AA (for example) and you get more (not unrealistic) from Kahun, Caggs, Perlini, Strome, Gus (more defense), Kampf and even Sikura (if you need him) then the Hawks are at minimum a playoff team

    Even if only some of those things happen I think they’re a playoff team and then we’ll see what happens in the playoffs – they don’t have to out size BOS or STL or whoever – they will do it with the combo and speed, skill, some size and mental toughness like they did in their previous championship runs

    Alos in 2 years we could be adding Entwistle, Kurashev, Boq and maybe Byram from within – there’s hope on the horizon – I say do not sell out on Toews and Kane – not yet anyway

  41. Mo, if Byram is the pick, in a couple of seasons other teams are going to have a hard-as-hell time in our zone with Joki, Byram, Boq, Beau, maybe Mitchell, Carlsson, and/or Hillman. Plus Keith, Murphy, and any decent veteran we acquire. Will need to trade one or two D players (Gus?)/prospects for one or two FW. Need a good FW or G with our #43 pick.

  42. Wrap, the #1 problem is Seabrook’s contract. Hawks may need to part with a decent pick/player to move him to a team with cap to burn. Painful.

  43. Original’sl – we have an excess of D especially if Byram is the pick at #3 so maybe Mitchell or Beaudin goes with Seabs?

  44. Wrap i’m not advocating bailing either but if they slip its a year too late, just not sure there is a firm committment to win in short term. Is this Crows last year, does he have one more year in him. Delia, Lankinen maybe Nalimov in another year, form a good backup pipeline but not sure you go far with them as starters or not.

    The defense could be competitive if an Edler or similar player but enough for playoffs without lights out goaltending every night, just seems unlikely.
    If they even were top half of team defense would be big step.

    Look at Bruins they a team who is competitive through the lineup but they have head and shoulders above the competition in playoffs with lights out goaltending and a red hot pp.

  45. Original, i wonder if Colliton would use Seabrook as 7th defenseman, Q never would and would front office support it.

  46. Give Boston credit for beating Toronto but they had help with Columbus having to wait a wk to play. Same thing for Carolina got a free pass with Islanders and now Boston getting a free pass with Carolina. I am going with Boston will have that happen to them by having to wait a wk to play with San Jose and St Louis.

  47. Everybody everywhere was wanting the best teams to lose and they did. Now because of that BOS or STL will get the Cup.

    CLB were to keep its ufas they wont be a 8 seed again. They would play WAS and CAR. BOS would get beat by TAM just like last yr.

    It took those things, TAM not being there for BOS to win Cup.

    Same thing WIN started out in the other division like COL did this yr. COL should be a top 3 seed from now on.

    Its really going to change after this yr, CLB isint good, TB and TOR have to get rid of players. CGY and BOS will be good and COL and then 2 yrs CHI are coming and will be top 5 teams.

    Be nice and good for the sport to see a team like SAN or STL win Cup just like it was for WAS to last yr. They paid their dues for yrs.

  48. Wrap, please, not Beaudin with Seabs. We already lost Teuvo in a similar salary dump. Beaudin is going to make a good second pairing in 20/21. Stan, don’t you dare.

  49. Original – not my preference either – besides Seabs would have to waive NMC

    I’m holding out some hope for Seabs to FLA a la Campbell – probably a pipe dream

  50. Unless were adding a 7-10m caphit player with 7 caphit. Do not trade any good young player. We need everyone we got to get back.

  51. Before anyone poster mentions how the Hawks need more size on the blue line and fewer smurfs have you looked at the Bruins blue line?

    Torey Krug and Matt Grzlyk are both 5’9″, (that’s smaller then any current Hawk D or propect) Connor Clifton is 5’11” (Boquist, Beaudin size) and even Charlie McAvoy is just 6′

    Of course Chara and Carlo bring size but that’s at least 1/2 their D corps that’s supposedly undersized

    Just thought I’d mention it because now that the Bs look like their headed to the final we’re bound to hear about how heavy they are and how the Hawks have to imitate them

  52. BOS got Pastrinak and 4 good young draft players. 5 total, that got them good again.

    CHI got Debrincat and 4 Horsemen draft players. 5 total. Plus++ a top 3 pick Elite Player. So CHI has more coming then BOS got to get good again.

    It is pretty similiar except we got a top 3 pick quality of player more then they did.

    COL and CHI should be better then BOS once the entire entourage of young players is established.

    Thats what BOS has now, COL and CHI will in these coming yrs now.

  53. Good reason for us to get the top pair Defensmen and go with 5 stout D guys.

    Use the cap space to field a good deep group of FWs.

  54. Let’s stick with the plan. Boston’s core is rebounding nicely with the assets they’ve added, why not here when the core is surrounded by better talent. Marchand, Chara, Bergeron and Krjeci are no spring chickens but it is working for them. Keep on adding young talent and let’s roll the dice.

  55. Yes Yes.

    We fill our roster and have a, Full roster, were right there. Once enough of the young wave is playing. Thats what Boston did. Sucked for 2 yrs got 5 good young players and there back. We got 5 to and a top 3 pick.

  56. Let’s say the Hawks are back to an elite team in the 21/22 season. That means we need a stud goalie ready to start in 20/21. You can’t expect a deep playoff run with a rookie goalie. Or else we need to trade for a young veteran.

  57. Original the best way to add a goalie that quick, outside of maybe overpaying a ufa for likely too long is make a deal with a team wanting to unload one ahead of expansion draft. Take this year to see who has 2 goalies bringing it and will be in the spot they will have to leave one unprotected and want to move one.

  58. Wonder with Oilers looking forofdensive help on the wings and Kahun and Draisatil showing good chemistry together for 2nd straight year. If a that could be a trade in waiting, maybe a defenseman not named Sekera.

  59. Is it me or does Entwhistle look like hes a man, already.

    Another man child in the making.

  60. Got to think its harder to get a top pair Defensemen then a top 1st line center, ufa wise.

    How many has there been. Suter, Mcdoungh, Jones by trade. There have been lots of 1st line center on the move to other teams once they are 27.

    Get Byram, have a loaded group of Defensemen. Keep getting good draft players like Barratt and Kurachev that are skill or tuff guys that can play.

    We really are close to having a full roster. So why a new goalie, incase he gets hurt, kind of thing. Just to have two good goalies. Bishop did good for Dallas but they are not as good a team.

    We need good deep team and good enough goalie.

  61. Mo look at 3 teams left. B0ston traded for Chara, Krug undrafted, MacElvoy coming dafted, Bergeron drafted
    Sharks Karlsson traded him, Burns traded for him as a forward, Couture drafted.
    Blues petrangelo drafted him 4th, Boumester trade for him, O’reilly ufa
    Even Canes Slavin a mid 3rd and traded for Hamilton. Staal traded for.
    Theres no clear way of saying drafting centers or defense brings success. You could say taking Toews Crosby and Ovechkin played huge roles in their teans cups, but drafting defensemen in top 5 picks haven’t. Doughty for Kings obviously was, though.

  62. Sure.

    I guess I meant more in terms of acquiring top pair D guys ufas/trade wise is harder then 1st line players.

    Which ever position you draft a top 3 quality is good FW or D.

    So I guess I am looking into which is easier to get ufa/trade wise. Which is more available that way because we only get one top 3 pick. We need both D and FW.

  63. Where were at with our dynasty core players. 19 88 have 10 yrs. 2 has 5 yrs about.

    We need, per say, D more then FW, in terms of elite top pair or 1st line.

    I am not thinking that we, have, to get the D guy with top 3 pick. Just that it seems like the better way, with more available 1st line FW available ufa wise.

  64. BOS only wins because they didnt have to play TAM.

    Same thing happened to CHI dynasty teams and LA 2nd best team in this decade/cap era. When LA and CHI played STL win or not, did not win Cup on those yrs.

    BOS is not going to skirt TAM every yr.

    CHI will have to play someone like, that thing with STL, to in these coming yrs.

  65. Drafting the 3rd pick will be based more on what tbey believe he can become, not what your seeing now, thats why i’m not sold on anybody because thats not near as easy as it sounds, unless its a generational type talent, thats is a concenus top pick for couple of years.

  66. Heard some Mem Cup preview talk and the Guelph line of Entwistle/Suzuki and Radcliffe was described as the best line in the CHL and those 3 each individually as three of the best players in CHL – makes you wonder if at some point next year Entwistle starts playing a role for the Hawks

    I was impressed seeing him live – not a great scorer but a smart player, good on cycle, plays PK – what you want for bottom 6

  67. Wrap if Colliton goes with his matchup line again and allow Toews to be more offensive and goes with Kampf and Saad on that line again. Entwistle could be perfect fit there. He has size and good mobility, plays the strong required 2way game, could bring some offense to it with Saad and maybe help Kampf improve there. Is a decent faceoff guy and being a right shot to Kampfs left could be the compliment he needs to make that a strength where it wasn’t last year against top centers. Also be upgrade on pk too which is needed.
    Even if Kruger was signed to play there until he was called up, Bowman might find a spot to trade Kruger if he wants at tdl.

  68. Also noticed in the BOS-CAR series that TT was a bit of a ghost – especially the last 2 games – he really played on the perimeter and was a non-factor

    He wasn’t playing with Aho as his centre but rather on the 2nd line with Staal – makes you wonder if his regular season results had more to do with Aho than with anything he was doing

    I don’t really know because I never watched CAR during the regular season but I think he played regularly with Aho most of the year – anyone know?

  69. The king of the roads, makes plays like he did in making some key plays in winning the 2015 Cup. Just like 2013, if certain guys didnt do as well, like Bicks or Crow, we still win the Cup on those yrs. It would be other plays or players who make them then. Thsoe teams were unstoppable, basically.

    Thats teuvo game in making those crafty plays. When hes on a good team, he stands out and makes those plays like he did with Blackhawks in 2015. He was as much if not more key then 80. I would say the same. CAR is not a good team, I mean really good team, they are only a good team.

  70. When Teuvo has to be one of the top 3 or so scoring players on a team. No hes not that kind of core players. He like a Bolly, your not going to win a Cup withour having guys like that. Your not going to win a Cup when Bolly or Teuvo need to lead the team in scoring/top of scorers.

  71. When Teuvo has to be one of the top 3 or so scoring players on a team. No hes not that kind of core players. He like a Bolly, your not going to win a Cup withour having guys like that. Your not going to win a Cup when Bolly or Teuvo need to lead the team in scoring/top 3 of scorers.

  72. Agree with Mo. It is harder to get a #1 d-man than 1st line FW, especially a ufa.

    One of these four will be the Blackhawks’ pick:

    Turcotte
    Cozens
    Dach
    Byram

    One reason why they may take a C is to show T&K that they are making a commitment in getting them help, especially after not drafting a top FW in years. I am in no position to evaluate who will become the best player, but as of now Byram gets the nod as the best player, who is projected to become that hard-to-fill #1 d-man.

  73. Byram is not eligible to play in the AHL so it’s either NHL or back to the WHL. But that’s OK because, other than Hughes and Kakko, no one else in this draft is probably ready to step right into the NHL either.

    Draft Byram and give him a shot to make the team out of training camp – if he’s not ready then return him to the WHL for another season – just like Heiskanen and Makar after they were drafted in 2017 (Makar actually didn’t get to the NHL until after his D+2 collegeseason was over). He’ll either be ready in 2019/20 or 2020/21.

    Start both Boqvist and Beaudin in Rockford and bring both of them up for “cups of coffee” during the season. Hopefully one of them can get enough NHL games under their belts in 2019/20 to be ready to go full time in 2020/21.

  74. Buckaroo getting 40 games last season helped so hes ready for first full 82 yr. BQ and Beau ready enough to play 40 games this season, they both could be ready for first full 82 yr for 21 season. If not then for the second 40 games. So Mitch or Byram should be ready for the 21 season. Then we have 4 or 5 ready for full 82 yr for the 21 season.

    That yr is when were really deep again. Green and no experience but very good players. Will learn fast and we prob be like COL this yr, young fast and good just not totally there, but good enough to win with 1st and 2nd full yr players. COL could have won this yr, they just didnt have enough good veteran players, like BOS does and CHI does.

    What ever yr were fully deep again, 22 will be better then 21 roster wise. Starting with the 2nd 40 games of the 21 season were there from then on.

  75. Signaling commitment to Toews and Kane remaining years will come through FA. The draft will be BPA at #3.

  76. Aurora agree on the bpa, thats the smart move. At this level a full committment to winning is needed to be successful, not sure that can that can be done for 88 and 19.

  77. I agree with Ian on what your saying. Have full confidence in Bowman and crew/organization will pick the best guy. Byram and Turcotte and maybe Cozens are possibly equally good.

    Who ever we pick, its an Elite Player. Als have to add another core player through ufa/trade. Even if several of the young wave is core quality players.

  78. Saying Carolina making intentions known to buyout Darling. Wonder if Bowman give him another chance. To cover his lost salary next year be a 1.7m caphit and be 1.2m caphit for last 2 years of hos contract. Even could bury 1m of it in Rockford as insurance and be nothing serious to carry if he got it together again.
    Delia as backup to Crawford and have Lankinen, Darling and resign Forsberg or convince Nalimov to compete for callup spot in Rockford.

  79. Ian, definitely no on Darling. He was a Quenneville favorite. Let him go to Florida and get in the rotation.
    Also No on Erik Karlsson. He really has not been that great since Ottawa made the conference final 3 season ago. Living on reputation and playing on one leg. Let Tampa sign him.

    Back to the draft. The Hawks need to take a Center. I read Mark Lazerus interview with Mark Kelley and the “miss factor” with defensemen taken high on the draft. It’s somewhat alarming. Centers are more of a sure bet.

    Dach, Cozens or Turcotte would be stellar.
    If we take Byram, I would love to see him try to move up from #43 and get a Center

  80. If a center is taken, my guess is it will be Turcotte. Is more of a complete player who has put up mega numbers. May have more upside than the other two as well.

  81. Craig with Delia’s contract extension, they are obviously committed to him as backup, minor league depth don’t get 3 yr deals unless its a elc mandated by cba. Lankinen progression at Rockford this year, plus his breakout tournament at the worlds so far, likely has him firmly at no.3 right now. Likely more depth at Rockford is what their likely going to be looking at, either an elc who is waiver exempt, like Nalimov or a veteran who can slip through waivers and might have a some Nhl miles left, like they tried with Berube or both. So if you go veteran route it woild be a goalie similar to Darling. Gravel although looking good will return for another year of juniors, needs more time yet.

    Saying Kubalik signed, waiting for official announcement. My predictions are signing Nemeth and Kruger or similar typeplayer as ufa and a trade for a top 9 scorer to go with Kubalik signing. Time will tell. As for draft whoever they believe will be bpa and regardless of timeline.

  82. I read about that to after we won the draft lottery top 3 pick. That D guys not being, as, Elite as FW in the higher picks like that.

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