Blackhawks Prospect Landon Slaggert Named National Rookie of the Month

On Wednesday morning, the Hockey Commissioners Association named Notre Dame freshman forward Landon Slaggert the Rookie of the Month for February.

The Blackhawks selected Slaggert in the third round (#79 overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft. He won a gold medal representing the United States at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Slaggert scored three goals with eight assists in eight games for the Fighting Irish in February. He posted five multi-point games and closed the month on a four-game point streak (in which he had seven points).

He scored his first career game-winning goal at Michigan State on Feb. 26. Slaggert ranks third on the team with 19 points. His seven goals are tied for second on the Irish.

44 thoughts on “Blackhawks Prospect Landon Slaggert Named National Rookie of the Month

  1. The kid has a chance. If he keeps developing the Hawks just may have something there – future power forward? That would be a nice surprise.

  2. Slaggert is total effort each shift.He is a lot of fun to watch.Keeps getting better too.

  3. Love to see it. The Hawks are rebuilding the forward group in an interesting way..finding slightly older European gems like Kubalik and Suter who can immediately play top six roles while at the same time, drafting high floor forwards like Barratt and Slaggert who can develop at college and even though they may never have top six upside, they’re the type of players that deepen this team so we’re rolling four lines..I have no clue how the forward group will look even a year from now, but a bottom six one day that has Hagel, Kampf, Entwhistle, Kurashev, Barratt, Slaggert and maybe even Kayumov sounds good to me. Those could be two lines that are not only a pain to play against, but that could also provide some additional bottom six scoring as well.

    Barratt-Kurashev-Entwhistle
    Hagel-Kampf-Slaggert
    Kayumov

  4. it was rare during the recent cup winning years that the bottom six was outplayed. one of the great strengths of those teams.

  5. Great news. Future looks bright, gotta wear shades.

    Just a cast I’m throwing out there. Let’s just say JT isn’t coming back and you can do what ever you want with $10.5 mil. What do you do.

    Here’s a few of my ideas.
    1) Landeskog at $7.5mil and Clandening at $3
    2) Lowry $4.5 Clandening $3 Sanford $3
    3) Lowry $3.5 RNH $7

  6. JR, If Toews isn’t coming back and his $10.5M comes off the books – I say save it for a rainy day which will be in the summer of 2022 when Dach, Kubalik, Strome, Boqvist and Lankinen need to be re-signed, with Dach, Boqvist and Lankinen needing huge increases off their ELC’s

  7. ER I think that is wise-let’s let the scouting and drafting and the development of the young core happen just like it is now.

  8. JR,I agree that Sanford and Lowry are the types of finishing touches that this team will need when ready to make that next run for a CUP.I pause a little on Glendening with hopes that the Centermen that we have will become much better in the circle.In a perfect world I would like to see 4 centermen on the roster that could do it all and are interchangeable with each able to provide playmaking and offense.If Toews is really not coming back I wouldn’t mind taking a run at Scheiffle from Winnipeg.Now that they have DuBois maybe he could be available for a change of scenery.

  9. Slayer – I like your thinking on those future bottom 6 – lots can and will change but in 3 years the Hawks could be right there contending with the depth in prospects they’re developing – it’s exciting

  10. Noonan, yep – stay the course for at least the next year or so. It may become evident the rebuild is a little ahead of projected schedule and the time to add “finishing touches” gets moved up a bit but we’re not at the point yet and most likely won’t be for another year at the earliest. I think the litmus test will be the maturation of the young d-men which will take time and there’s no getting around the time/experience element. Even if the Hawks can afford to add a top-4 d-man as a finishing touch, they won’t be able to afford 3 of them so at least 2 of Boqvist, Mitchell and Beaudin have to develop into legit top-4 d-men for the rebuild to complete within the salary cap, ideally all 3 of them with maybe another 1 or 2 coming up behind them.

    Speaking of litmus tests – Hawks have 3 of them is 4 days starting tonight. I watched several TB games lately … MERCY! That there is a pretty good team, even without Kucherov. Boys will be hard pressed to hang with them. Not really expecting wins but I’ll be disappointed if they don’t put out a good effort for 60 mins which should prevent a blowout like we saw the first 2 games. Hell, just putting one past Mr. Shutout will be a victory of sorts.

  11. ER – I watched some of TB/DAL and the thing that struck me is that TB without Kuch is definitely more of a defensive minded team with the offensive ability to take advantage when he opportunity presents which should be often enough vs the Hawks

    DAL without Seguin and Radulov really struggle to score – I think the Hawks actually have more skill and and down their line up even with out the injured players than DAL does so it’ll be interesting to see if they can score on TB and maybe steal a few points

    I’d be very happy with 3 points in 3 games – I think they can win 1 and take another to OT – looking forward to how they do

  12. Noonan agree 100% let scouts do their job and have a pipeline to maintain future, also keep developing this year and next. Mentioned heading into season where they are at end of next season, when roster is reset and contracts are offered to who they want to be part of the future is the big question. Maybe at that point be ready for a major add(s), maybe even by next seasons tdl if things keep trending in right direction enough.

    Slayer a few of those guys should be part of the bottom 6 for sure.

  13. If Toews can’t play anymore, his salary stays….they can’t put him on LTIR every year til his contract expires, they would need to find a team like phx to take his salary in the same fashion as the Hossa deal.

  14. Beer League, why can’t they put Toews on LTIR every year til his contract expires? Legit question – I really don’t know if there is some rule that would be prohibit them from doing so. I think I understand the inconvenience to the team – but is it more than that?

  15. I’m hopeful that we compete hard against TB but regardless of the outcome it can’t be worse than the Edmonton debacle. 3 games at home vs Toronto and they lose them all by a combined score of 13-1 and were shutout twice by two different backup goalies. They are the poster child warning you not to wish for bad results in exchange for higher draft picks.

  16. MS- I watched a good chunk of those Edmonton-Toronto games. Complete and total domination by the Leafs. I never understood the fans wanting to tank for a shot at a higher pick. Plenty of value can be found mid-late first round and even beyond. Debrincat was passed over by every team, and several twice, before we got him in the 2nd. Pastrnak was taken with the 25th pick. Kucherov was a very late second round pick. On the flipside, Jack Skille was drafted 7th and Kyle Beach 11th. I could go on and on. Unless you’re drafting a Kane, Crosby, Ovechkin, McDavid, etc, the draft is such a crapshoot.

  17. okie

    hjalmarsson 4th round
    larmer 6th round
    darryl sutter 11th round

    values everywhere.

  18. Okie – I watched parts of the 2nd and 3rd game and the Leafs were kicking sand in the Oilers face and there was no pushback. What do the Oilers do? They have plenty of holes and little cap space. Anytime the Hawks are getting you down just think of the Oilers and you know it could be much worse!

  19. Maybe the term “tanking” means different things to different people. To me, it’s never an overt act carried out by the players because the players should always try to do their best to win every game. It’s also not something the coaches should overtly do because the coaches should always try their best to coach and manage every game to win it.

    The GM, on the other hand, should do what is in the best long term interest of the team which could include covertly tanking by making personnel moves which results in less winning in the short term in order to win more in the long term in less time. I have no problem with that level of “tanking”.

    But mostly, when I think of tanking it has nothing to do with the players, coaches and GM actually doing something – it is the response of the fans to the reality of their team. It is the acknowledgment of the fans their team needs to get worse before it can get better which is better than being stuck in the middle of being neither very good or very bad.

    It’s also playing the probability that a higher draft pick is generally better than a lower draft pick. That’s not to say you can’t get a Pastrnak at #25 or a Skille at #7 but the probability for a better play is higher is at #7 than #25.

    The objective is to become the best, not the almost best. For as much fun as the Hawks have been so far this season, I still would rather have them get a better player in the draft than make the playoffs … so if that is tanking then I’m a tanker.

  20. Hawks29- exaxtly. Some people obsess over wanting to get a top 5 pick every year. I don’t get it.

  21. MS- yeah the Leafs seem to be playing with a lot more grit this season and the Oilers are just beyond soft.

  22. ER- I totally get what you’re saying, but a lot of people get too carried with it. Getting high draft picks guarantees nothing. Look at Edmonton. Hell, even Toronto although it seems they might have finally turned a corner this season. We’ll see what they do come playoff time. The Penguins, on the other hand, have managed to remain among the league’s elite for the most part over the last decade and a half without having any high picks. Only once since 2006 have they drafted in the top 10 (#8), every other pick was in the 20’s and beyond, and many years without even having a first round selection. Would it be nice to have another highly skilled, generational type talent? Of course. Unless the Hawks finish in the bottom 3 for multiple years, that’s likely not going to happen. Just draft the best available player, develop him properly, and hope it’s a late bloomer. Boston is another team that hasn’t had any high picks the last 10 years or so, and they’re cup contenders just about every year.

  23. “Some people obsess over wanting to get a top 5 pick every year. I don’t get it”

    For those that don’t get what a top 10 pick could do for a team, remember that it is a top 10 pick in every round, where each pick has incrementally more value to make trades, etc. A high second is damn near a low 1st. And so on.

    Trust me, it’s a good thing.

  24. Speaking of litmus tests – Hawks have 3 of them is 4 days starting tonight. I watched several TB games lately … MERCY!

    Thats what TB was saying to themselevs/each other in 2015 ohh shit its the Blackhawks and we tazered them. Like how Sharpy mind F ed there goalie and defensemen to run into each other and have a open net goal. His sheer wind force knocked them into each other.

  25. THis is why we need more top 5/10 draft players/need enough horses. Not looking to beat a EDM team in the 12 team playoff thing then get bown out by top 3 teams/since were basically 8 seed with our 1/2 half roster. Good experience yes sure/that was good now lets get some more men on the assemble line.

    Its about the best 23man roster we can do/not 8 seed. We did that last yr/with a 12th place finnish. Now lets get another top 5/10 gem draft player.

    I am for waiting on Seabs caphit and other/19 or when he eventually retires and I like 7 more yrs with Tazer. What ever happens with those players caphit wise when were ready use it and all of it. We have to get back 4 and 81 to be a top 3 team again. So load young wave and add accordingly. Then strike and add back our 4 and 81 kind of players ufa wise.

    Then were ready to roll 4 lines!

  26. Even though there are a lot of elite players from outside top 10 draft picks. I donot know the % would guess most come from top 10 picks though.

    So even though there a several examples I would always go with a top 10 pick over 17th or 25th.

    We need a few players from each tier. I just want to make sure we donot miss out on our fair share of top 10 skill. Were not EDM and the hockey gods are prob punishing them for what they did in the 80s.

    Its either top 10 elite draft players or elite players from ufa. Cant get all of them from one place. So I am looking at getting enough from both places.

    This is our last chance at a top 3 gem or top 5/10 quality draft player because after this 55 games were going to be too good. Thats why its important to me.

  27. BOS sucked for two yrs in 15 and 16 I think and got 5 1st round picks from trades and having a bottom tier record. Sure they got there 88 from 20-30 pick area but they got 4 good players by having 4 1sts in 2 drafts. Thats why they are good again and a good team system and there core was young then ours.

    They will get old soon enough/core players they ahve left then they are prob a mid tier team from then on.

    PIT traded away there future by trading 1sts every tradeline for 5 yrs so there father time is coming to them and they have no farm because of that.

    So those teams are the only top 10 teams of the last decade/other then STL WAS that are still top teams but they traded away future to maintain. While we our taking our hits last couple yrs and are now past transitino and are in the start of the young wave.

    My point is those teams BOS/PIT survived longer and then they are going to fall off the cliff. Where we reloaded and are having these off yrs to be good again. Two different ways of doing it. BOS and PIT won the CUP. CHI won a dynasty and are going to be good again in a couple yrs when those two teams will be terrible.

  28. Overall what I am saying is this is our last chance at a top 3 gem or top 5/10 draft player. Then were too good. Even though there are elite playrers drafted at 20-30 or other rounds/that is where the crapshoot is. Sure there are some duds in top 10 we got some along with 19 88 that decade.

    Its possible in next couple yrs even though were going to be very good we moght not make playoffs one of the yrs and be in that 12-15 area and get the ping pong balls and get another top 3 pick. I doubt that though. I donot doubt and believe if we get a top 3 5/10 draft pick this yr were going to get an elite player.

    After this draft sure I want to win every game we can and get better each yr and then be a top 3 team again. Sure. I am not wishing tanking or whatever people want to call it/think of it. I understand what your all saying and agree. I just want one more top end draft pick before we roll the dice for the next decade because i believe this yr is our last chance at a top pick player.

    Cheers.

  29. This here. Because I am a big fan of our drafting in the last decade in the 1st half od 2ns rounds. We have drafted a few gems there and none from 2nd half of 2nd round/other then Mitch/so far. So I am for that top 3/5/10-15 draft pick because it get us a free 1st half of 2nd round pick and we have a known/not garuenteed history of selecting gems from that 30-45 area.

    I want to trade up to that area with other picks and a tradeline trade like Haan so we get three of those this draft. Yes please.

  30. Cant say for sure looks like this is it for PIT and playoffs wether they get 8 seed or not they are on there way OUT for a long time because the wasted there future at tradeline every yr to stay there a few yrs longer and now there going to pay for it for a very long time.

    When NAS beat us 4-1 that was it foe us/though just for 4-5 yrs. When ISL beat PIT 4-0 that was the start of the end og them and now a couple yrs later could be the start of there 10-15 yr drought. Really TB CAR FLR should be east and they are not in then.

  31. Thats with the North division being the east conference.

    Theres more team in west central of the Cambell conference then in other divisons to say CAN divisino is a east conference.

  32. BOS is set up better to remain top 15 team for next decade then PIT because they did a miny reload in 15 and 16 by trades and having a bad enough record to get 5 1st round picks in those 2 drafts.

    PIT is screwed for long time.

  33. Meant to post this with this.

    MORRISON
    March 4, 2021 at 5:08 pm
    This here. Because I am a big fan of our drafting in the last decade in the 1st half od 2ns rounds. We have drafted a few gems there and none from 2nd half of 2nd round/other then Mitch/so far. So I am for that top 3/5/10-15 draft pick because it get us a free 1st half of 2nd round pick and we have a known/not garuenteed history of selecting gems from that 30-45 area.

    I want to trade up to that area with other picks and a tradeline trade like Haan so we get three of those this draft. Yes please.

    AURORA HAWK
    March 4, 2021 at 4:27 pm
    “Some people obsess over wanting to get a top 5 pick every year. I don’t get it”

    For those that don’t get what a top 10 pick could do for a team, remember that it is a top 10 pick in every round, where each pick has incrementally more value to make trades, etc. A high second is damn near a low 1st. And so on.

    Trust me, it’s a good thing.

  34. Mo – I respectfully disagree on Boston. Go back and look at the players they selected with those first round picks. They hit the jackpot with Pasternak and made a solid pick with McAvoy. They also blew a couple of picks. They have stayed competitive largely due to a great core of Bergeron, Marchand, Krejci and Rask and they have additional cap flexibility since their highest salary is $7.2m which allows them to afford better depth players.

  35. Morrison- Boston didn’t make the playoffs those two seasons, but they hardly “sucked”. I wouldn’t call having 90+ points “sucking”, and they certainly didn’t become bottom feeders like we became starting in 2017. They’ve managed to maintain a level of consistency and are in the contender mix pretty much every year, and they haven’t had a top 10 pick since 2011.

    Of course we all want top 5/top 10 talent, but that doesn’t have to be acquired through the draft. After 2023, we’ve got a lot cap space space coming off the books. Toews and Keith’s contracts will be up. I don’t see them being extended. Kane will be a ufa, too, but I’d be shocked if we don’t extend him on a cheaper deal. Seabrook’s cap hit comes off the next season. Sure, we’ll have rfa’s that will need to be extended, but in a couple off-seasons we should still have plenty of cap space to add top talent via free agency or trades.

  36. Look at the last Blackhawks dynasty team. They had Kane, Toews and only other top 10 picks were fa Hossa and Ladd traded for. They had other top 10 picks Barker, Skille and Beach who made no impact on cup teams. Seabrook next highest was a mid 1st rd. pick.

    This team has drafted well in recent years with Dach and Boqvist in top 10, developing now with later picks Debrincat, Mitchell who will be long term stars and developing others that were drafted in different rounds and years or young pickups, ready or almost. Now its time this year and next to develop and build a winning character, that’s a good thing and must, to be a top team too. The best european pipeline scouts, Solid veterans leading them in Kane still the superstar, Keith still a warrior and Toews who we are told will be back with a few others. Reichel leads a good pipeline that drafts will keep adding to. If you add that top 10 talent by trades or ufa signings when time is right then this crew is in very good shape.

  37. I’m not understand the raging debate between top-10 picks and later picks – top-10 picks are, on average, better than later picks. A top-10 pick doesn’t guarantee the player will develop into a better player than a player picked later but the probability is greater that he will based on the assessment of professionals who do that for a living. That shouldn’t be debatable.

    Neither should there be a debate on whether or not a team can become elite and stay elite without the influx of top-10 draft picks – the evidence is in and top-10 picks are not a make or break requirement.

    The debate that should be had is whether or not a team should intentionally try to be bad in order to get a higher draft pick, and in fact that debate was had and the league instituted the draft lottery to circumvent overt tanking.

    The tanking debate between fans, who have nothing to do with actual winning or losing games, i.e. tanking or not tanking, is whether we prefer the team lose as many games as possible to get a top-5/10 pick versus win as many games as possible and hope we hit on a later draft pick.

    At this point in the rebuild evolution when I don’t think the Hawks are good enough to win the Cup, I prefer to lose more games for a better pick than win more games for a worse pick. Either next year or the year after I hope the Hawks will be improved enough to take the opposite preference.

  38. Your right I was right and wrong on some of that. I thought 88 was 8th pick and yea all 5 wernt good ones. Just that BOS did it with 5 1sts and got younger with two off yrs. They didnt suck but were nowhere near top 10 team prob 15-20 kind of team.

    Yes and BOS does lowball there players. Those players are better then those caphit expect they only won once and we had dynasty so maybe thats how they got a away with lower caphits then those players really deserved.

    You guys know what I mean and why i want one more top draft player.

  39. The good thing is like you said when we do the full reset with salary cap and dont have those caphits if we donot get another top 3 gem like 77 or a elite player draft top 5/10 quality then we can add two? elite players ufa wise to make up for it. They just wont be here for first 7 yrs of there good yrs on lower caohits aling the way. Thats fine I guess if we have to go to plan B on adding elite players.

  40. ER, not thinkg about how we do W L T in these games with TB and others.

    TB has been not just winning a lot they have blown everybody out.

    NAS 5-2
    DET 5-1
    DET 3-1
    NAS 4-1
    NAS 6-1
    FLR 5-2
    FLR 6-1
    FLR 4-6
    CAR 0-4
    CAR 4-2
    CAR 3-0
    CAR 3-1
    DAL 5-0
    DAL 2-0

    That is like 7 or 9 blowouts in those games right there agasin top teams moslty. Good for them.

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