Here’s the lineup for Monday night’s first preseason game in Washington:
Tonight’s #Blackhawks roster.
I count 5 NHL-ers (Gustafsson, Perlini, Carpenter, Kampf, one of Koekkoek/Dahlstrom) and some bubble guys. pic.twitter.com/LS8VOC4cCg
— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) September 16, 2019
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.