Blackhawks Lineup For First Preseason Game In Washington

Here’s the lineup for Monday night’s first preseason game in Washington:

The two names we’re most interested to watch are Alex Nylander and Aleksi Saarela.

Nylander, 21, was the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft. The Hawks acquired him in the July from Buffalo for Henri Jokiharju. He has scored three goals with three assists in 19 NHL games.

Saarela, 22, was acquired with Calvin de Haan from Carolina in the June trade for Gustav Forsling and Anton Forsberg. He scored 55 goals in 138 games over the past two AHL seasons with the Checkers. He was the 89th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.

13 thoughts on “Blackhawks Lineup For First Preseason Game In Washington

  1. Nylander has the skill, say he was more committed this off season, see what happens if Caps prospects get physical with him. One of the big knocks he doesn”t want any part of having the puck on stick if banged around a bit.

  2. I agree with Tab that Nylander and Saarela are two guys I’m most looking forward to seeing tonight. I would add Wedin to that list too. I thought those three guys looked very good in the scrimmage yesterday and I want to see them in a real game setting.

    Regarding Nylander and contact – it doesn’t matter if he or anyone else “likes contact” – it’s whether or not they allow it to affect their play and that is one of the knocks on Nylander – that he allows it to affect his play. Hopefully that isn’t the case and he shows it in these preseason games.

  3. I’m hoping Dach is back for the home game Wednesday vs DET or at the very latest by the Saturday home game vs BOS

    After that there is only 1 more exhibition game before the NHL team goes to Europe

    I would hate to see the decision on Dach come down to a medical one rather than where his play is at

  4. Also interested in all 3 players that ER mentioned

    Wedin looked better than Carpenter to me although small sample size and all that

    He could make the team as a 4th liner/extra FW

    Although if he’s not an every day player he’s probably better off in RKF

    On the other hand Carpenter would be a good candidate for extra FW if Wedin lays claim to a 4th line role

  5. Wedin is 26 so he’s not a young player that should be in a situation where he plays every game so it doesn’t stunt his development – the only development he needs is getting used to the NHL speed and the smaller ice surface. If he plays well enough to make the team he would be a good candidate to be in the 4th line rotation.

  6. Wrap – in JC’s interview the other day he was very positive about Carpenter and felt it was important to have a right hand center for key defensive draws which was not an option last year. He gave a few teams as examples (Toronto was one) where they do not let a center take a defensive draw on the “off” side. Thought this was interesting as he said that also helps the FO win percentage stats. I would be surprised if Carpenter isn’t the 4th line center.

  7. MS – thanks for the info on JC’s interview – didn’t hear that

    it makes sense that he would value 22 for his FOs and presumably for his PK work as well

  8. Just prior to puck drop, I’ll add that I too like Wedin’s performance at yesterday’s scrimmage. He was a guy who seemed to be around the puck and who the puck seemed to find.
    Actually was a little pleased with the play of Fortin as well. He was in on a couple of good plays. Good size and speed but needs finishing touch.

  9. MS, thats what I thought after seeing the lines from scrimmage that had 15 on LW and 22 at C. To me that sort of meant those guys are the 4th line.

    15 22 ?

  10. Early returns on Nylander are very promising – he keeps playing this way and he’ll be on the opening night roster

    Boquist for as good as he looks can’t beat the numbers game unless de Haan is not ready to go for game 1

    Also Wedin looks like he could play in the NHL – more skilled than I thought he’d be and big and fast – seems like a great 4th liner

    Smith – Kampf – Wedin could be a good 4th line

    Carpenter is a more traditional 4th liner but looks slower and less skilled than Wedin although he takes FOs and PKs – not sure if Wedin PKs

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