Blackhawks Reassign Beaudin, Entwistle

On Friday morning the Blackhawks reassigned defenseman Nicolas Beaudin and forward MacKenzie Entwistle to their junior teams.

Entwistle, 19, scored his first – and apparently only – preseason goal in Detroit on Thursday evening. He was acquired from Arizona in the deal that sent Marian Hossa’s contract to the Coyotes.

Beaudin, who will turn 19 on Oct. 9, was the Blackhawks’ second pick in the first round (#27 overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Chicago’s roster is now at 51 players.

67 thoughts on “Blackhawks Reassign Beaudin, Entwistle

  1. I like both players.

    Barring injury or something unforeseen Beaudin will be wearing a Hawks jersey within a couple-a-three years and most likely in a top-4 role. The kid is smooth and has great instincts.

    Entwistle caught my eye when he played for Canada in the summer u20 tournament. I caught the Canada/Sweden game and Entwistle’s line was dominant. He’s got good size, skates well, has some bite to his game and some finishing ability. Excited to see what he looks like after another year in JRs.

  2. Agree ER – great shot by Entwhistle last night and Beaudin even without anything from Edjsell is going to make the Hartman trade look good

  3. Following sent to Rockford: Carlsson, Hillman, Raddysh, Noel, Samuelsson, Nilsson and Lankinen.

    No surprises there.

  4. Won’t see AA with Sikura and Kahun tonight – the latter two are playing but not AA

    I would like to see how that line looks – we’ll have to wait for the pre-season games in CHI coming up

  5. I thought Hillman might stick so I am surprised he is gone this early. Manning did not look good – he got skinned on their second goal and he is veteran. I liked Tuulola though – he looked like he could good become a reliable third pairing guy.

  6. I will start to get excited about younger guys and prospects, as more games go on throughout the 1st 40 games.
    Realizing there not that far away from being really good players.
    This yr should fly by faster then last, since we know from the start what its like without Crow.
    Then its on baby. Season 20 and on.

  7. Hillman is too slow. I agree, I thought Tuulola looked good. Not surprised a bottom feeder like Manning looked bad. Once again, no vision and no eye from Bowman and Gauthier in pro scouting. We are going through the Franson, Bouma, and Osterle show once again this year with Kunitz, Manning and Davidson…not too mention a washed up goalie in Ward and a used Kruger. Kampf should be our 4th line centre, he deserves it. Trade AA and Edjsell for a winger and a prospect. We have a bigger issue besides no goalie and that is no bottom 6, infact no bottom 7 because Toews still has no one on left wing and the Cat is a solid 3rd line winger on a Cup team.
    20 8 88 need to be united all year. Neil, Bailey, JVR, Tatar, and many other left wingers were availble for Bowman. Instead, we spent 3 million on Ward, another 1 million on Kunitz, Manning who is an AHL dman….seriously… Gautheir, Bowman and Kelley have no savy.
    Duclair, Hartman, Vinny all better than what we have at forward today. And if you are going to invite players on a PTO or sign a free agent, try to invite players who once had pedigree. High picks like Simon Depres, Ouellet, Peca who I saw in the boxscore are playing in Montreal??? All 1st round or high picks in the past and still young.
    Getting the Osterle and Manning’s of the world is a waste of time. No talent up front will make thsio season another long once for Toews, Kane and company. Not their fault.

  8. The more I think about the Saad-Schmaltz-Kane line the more I think it’s not the best blending of player’s strengths and style of play. They could gel and everything could be rosey and if Q is determined to keep that line together than I hope it does. But. Kane can probably play any style and be great at it but he thrives in the east-west game more than the north-south game. Saad is just the opposite – he is more a north-south player. Kane also plays well with a center that drives the middle and leaves space for Kane and the other winger to play off each other. Schmaltz is more like the “other winger” type than the clear the middle type. So it seems like both Saad the “other winger” and Schmaltz the center are mismatched for Kane to be optimized.

    I’m probably over-analyzing this, but I think I’d like to see this combo:

    DCat-Toews-Kane
    Saad-Schmaltz-Sikura

  9. Yea I think the idea there was to have a fresh start and not have 19 and 20 on a line to build on, then go from there with line changes.
    The interesting thing will be, Bread Man coming back. Then what are the lines.
    8 and 12 are going to be good.
    Remember when were deep, guys like 20 or 10 are 3rd line and that is depth.
    With 72 comes back then we have that again.
    Just need another Huge Hoss type player to go with that.

  10. No suprises with the initial guys getting sent down. Looking forward to see beaudin and entwhistle develop further.
    Hopefully Noel can stay healthy this year and play with the same speed and aggresiveness.
    Hillman,Carlsson and raddysh need some good minutes in rockford.
    Hopefully someone claims Schroeder or Campbell. But probably not.
    Liked how Tuulola looked also.
    Enjoy seeing the young players play.

  11. Well, I turned the game on in the 2nd and I hear the announcer say Blackhawks tie it 2-2. For what I saw from then on I liked.
    It was the first game/part of a game I got to see.
    Like that play by Hayden and pass by Kahun.

  12. There were a bunch of guys who played pretty well tonight, starting with Delia and Tomkins. Delia let in two but he stopped the first attempt on the 2nd goal before Duchene lifted it in. Besides the 2 goals he made some incredible saves. Tomkins wasn’t tested as much but he did well.

    On D – I thought Dahlstrom had a very solid game and is making a case to be an early call up if not one of the 7 out of the gate. Joki had a bit of the deer in the headlights in the 1st period but played pretty well after that. One thing he does very well and Foley mentioned in the broadcast is gap control where he challenges the puck before it gets into the d-zone. He gets his stick on the puck and stops the opponent from cruising into the zone with the puck. Davidson was OK again and he looks better to me than Manning.

    Forwards – a whole bunch of guys stepped up. Kahun – love his game. Can’t see how he doesn’t make the team. Martinsen played well again and he and Kruger seem to have some chemistry. Luke Johnson played the best game I’ve seen him play. Kampf – again stood out for his relentless play. Hayden played better tonight than the first game and had a few good moments but he also took a bonehead crosschecking penalty.

    And finally Dylan Sikura … kinda underwhelming so far. Not bad at all but as the #1 prospect I was hoping for more than a nice little play here and there. Like the assist he got on Johnson’s goal – it was a nice play but that was pretty much it tonight from him. I’m hoping it’s just he’s one of those guys that plays better with better players. The talent is there but so far … it’s … well … kinda underwhelming.

  13. My guess for who gets re-assigned before the next game (Tuesday): Bondra, Iacopelli, Knott, Louis, Schroeder, T.Sikura, Campbell, Gilbert, Snuggerud, Tuulola, Tompkins.

  14. The strong play of Kampf and Luke Johnson might send Ejdsell to Rockford. There are only so many spots.
    If Dahlstrom has to clear waivers, he might just stick as the #7 defenseman.

  15. Both are very young. So, this is no real surprise. They both had an excellent camp. Now, they just need some seasoning and beef up a bit. Luke Johnson is making real noise. As is Kahun. Both of their FO%’s are better than Schmaltz’s. It may be time to move him to RW. I’d also like to see what Highmore can do at C. That’s his natural position.
    Defensively, Boqvist may just stay. I like A LOT of these kids over some of the veterans that are there.
    The Goalies both showed well. If Crawford’s vertigo is career ending…and it may have to be considered, the two kids who played tonight, at Ottawa, looked really good.

  16. Can somebody explain to me how Philadelphia can sign an 18-year-old kid, Zamula, a defenseman, to a contract? He went undrafted in June. I thought he goes back into the next draft as a 19-year-old ?

    What am I missing ? Is there a loophole in the draft rules ?

  17. Johnson, Hayden and Kahun were the best forwards on the ice. Sikura is very thin and gets pushed off the puck easily especially in the D-Zone. He needs to put muscle on and dominate Rockford if he wants to make NHL. He remains in my eyes a bottom 6 forward or a lifetime AHLer.

  18. Agree Kahun, Hayden looked good last night and Johnson and Delia put themselves in the mix for a spot. Also Martinsen and Kampf are continuing to look good.

    Craig as far as i know there us no rule saying an 18 year old free agent can’t sign. Josh Gorges is one example i can think of, going back to juniors and re-entering draft is an option if undrafted, like going to university or play in Europe to try and get noticed. European leagues agreements may have different rules around this but not aware of anything that says chl players can’t.

  19. Also Dahlstrom is waiver exempt for another year. He would have to play 69 games in Chicago this year to lose his exempt status.

  20. Didn’t see game…

    I always loved Kampf. .. since prospects tourney last year… guy is relentless ++ skater… and under rated quick chip passer… with more size and better hands than kruger…. needs to get stronger base on boards… but love him

    Kahun… as stated before… between 72 and versteeeg type guy… has some skill and IQ

    Regarding Sikura… he is TT like on boards… needs to play with stronger or faster players… cuz he thinks game fast

    Sikura would do well with 20/19???
    He wouldn’t bring much to cycle… but he can move and pass puck…

    Kahun pass… to Hayden was Kane like!!!!

  21. Just decided to look at who needs to clear waivers. Of the Goalies only Forsberg isn’t exempt. So a decision there. If Crawford comes back fairly soon a big ? I know, he could be sent down when waiver wire busy and teams trying to reduce rosters not add someone who has to stay on it. If Crawford in out of lineup an exempt Delia who could win out anyways be more beneficial. If he is out for extended period then who knows.

    Defence are all exempt unless Manning doesn’t cut it. They can still carry him in minors with replacement salary without increasing caphit, with options within.

    Forwards all exempt except Martinsen and some like Schreoder, Tyler Sikura have to clear. Some like Hayden etc. 20 games could lose exempt status during season.

  22. Re: Luke Johnson

    Goods-
    faceoffs
    Hockey IQ
    Effort
    RH shot- on PP in middle of 1-3-1… Hawks have no one capable of this critical position– that shoots right and has size and or balls to take beating in that position… imo… and they need RH shot– cuz all playmakers are Lefties who prefer RW boards… Kane/Sikura/Toews/Kahun

    Bads- below average-to average speed… that’s a BIG bad-imo

  23. Didn’t see the OTT game but Q is talking up the possibility of Boquist on opening day roster – wouldn’t that be a surprise

    Still don’t think it’ll happen (needs to be stronger) but if it did it would be exciting

  24. We’ll see what happens the last 3 preseason games but as it stand right now, IMO, Ejdsell doesn’t have a spot on this team. It would be different if guys like Kahun, Kampf, Hayden, Highmore, and Johnson weren’t playing well and Ejdsell could land a spot as the least bad of a bunch of players. There are positives to his game but I would take any of those other guys listed before Ejdsell. I hope Q puts him on the line with Toews and DeBrincat in one of these upcoming preseason games so he either proves me wrong or proves he doesn’t handle the puck in traffic well enough to play against top defenders. That should prove whether or not he can play top-6. If the answer is he can’t – then he should be sent to Rockford because there’s a bunch of guys that are better bottom-6 guys than him.

    Just my 2 cents.

  25. Thanks Ian.

    Big week ahead. 3 home preseason games to determine who makes it.

    I’ve been a fan of Luke Johnson since watching him play numerous times in person when he was at North Dakota. Hard on the puck. Goes to the net and stops there. Difficult to move. Backchecks hard. Is very physical. This is a well coached player who has trended upward every single season since playing for Lincoln in USHL. A true diamond in the rough. He will definitely play in the NHL.

  26. Ejdsell has a European clause in his contract so that may or may not play a big part in what they do with him, depending on his intentions on using it. They were pretty high on getting him so you would think they want him around.

    I believe Johnson could very well be the 4th line shutdown center of the future. Having him playing with Kruger may be the best learning tool for him this year.
    His north south style of play, can help him overcome his lack of speed in that role.

    Kampf if Anusimov moved or an injury to one of top 3 centers may likely be looked at to fill the void. He may benefit more playing top 6 minutes in Rockford to start the year and work on his offense. Bouncing in and out of lineup and playing limited minutes may not help him right now.

  27. Per Powers:

    The Blackhawks assign Andrew Campbell, Dennis Gilbert, Matheson Iacopelli, Graham Knott, Anthony Louis, Jordan Schroeder, Tyler Sikura & Luc Snuggerud to the IceHogs and release Radovan Bondra, Terry Broadhurst & Matt Tomkins from their PTOs to report to Rockford.

  28. The Hawks are down to 17 forwards. Most likely all these guys make the cut: Toews, Kane, Saad, Schmaltz, DeBrincat, Sikura, Anisimov, Kunitz, Kruger. That’s 9, leaving 4 or 5 spots to pick from these guys:

    Ejdsell
    Fortin
    Hayden
    Highmore
    Johnson
    Kahun
    Kampf
    Martinsen

  29. Defence is down to 12 and Murphy and Forsling on ir with Keith, Seabrook and Gus as locks. Jokiharju from the comments by Q and Bowman pretty certain, Boqvist for 9 games maybe likely be 8th defencenan. Thats 3 spots for Rutta, Manning, Davidson, Dahlstrom, Tuulola. The latter 2 are waiver exempt

  30. What matter is, who ever makes it and doesn’t. Its cool. Were training/developing for the 20 season/maybe the 2nd 40 of the 20 season. That’s when we turn the corner and do not look back. Enough of the wave will be on the 23man by then.

    For right now, its cool who does and doenst.
    Johnson be better to develop in Rockford.
    64 is more established now/so he should be on 23man.
    Trades, be a couple 25 games in/deadline, then that’s what happens/Ian said.

    For any of these guys, we should do the most ideal for the devlopement not the best roster. With some trades and things happeneing during now to deadline.
    Gives them some whats best for them.

    I really like the stuff on 64, 62 for those Bolly spots.
    No one said we cant have 3 Bolly type players at once/on a line.

  31. I saw the first half of the game last night which was very unimpressive – must have been a completely different effort in the second half. Thought Kampf looked good, he is strong on the puck and in the corners. Agree that Luke Johnson is in the mix, he acts like a pro. Lot’s of meh for the others forwards and d-men. Keep in mind that for the first time in many years we have extra cap space so I would be surprised if we didn’t see a new face or two as teams make their final cuts.

  32. Watching on tv again.
    Johnson and 16/29 have some juice/right mix/work-go together.
    Want that 36/16/67 style line.

  33. Tuulola still with the main club. That’s impressive. It indicates they like what they see from him a bit more than Hillman, Gilbert, Carlsson and Snuggerud at this point.

  34. From your list ER I think Martinsens is the only one requiring waivers

    Partly for that reason and partly because his development won’t be impeded if he sits I think he’s going to make the roster and he’s played well in his role too

    Kahun has to make the team IMO based on his play – he may yet get a chance with Toews (I think he should)

    So that brings us to 11 spots taken leaving 2 spots likely up for grabs (they wouldn’t have any of this players below in the press box) – those 2 spots to be decided from

    Edjsell
    Fortin
    Highmore
    Johnson
    Kampf
    Hayden

    Before camp I think the 2 favourites from this list would have been Hayden and Edjsell but Kampf and Johnson are pushing hard – Highmore and Fortin seem like long shots at this point for the opening night roster

  35. I think Sikura should join his brother in AHL, Kunitz on waivers, and Kruger on waivers as well.

    Send Edjsell back to Europe or package him with AA for a left winger to play with Toews.

    Keep Hayden, Kahun, Fortin and Kampf. Maybe Kruger or Martinesen in press box.

  36. Theres nothing wrong with having some guys get some games in the first 10 games, then have them go to where they would be.
    Ian, any player can play up to 10 right and not count for an elc yr.
    With some D guys out for awhile, let those guys get some.
    Excellent timing for that.

  37. Can play 9 games Mo, the 10th game burns an elc year.

    With Boqvist that might be an issue if the plan is to send him to London and just let him have a few games first when injuries allow it. With Jokiharju not likely so much as they seem to want him to make roster. I think the big number for him is the 40 game mark which makes him an ufa a year sooner if gets 40 games.

  38. It says a lot when all the forwards who are up for the bottom six are late, late draft picks or free agents signings. The Cup contenders, like the Hawks were for 6 years, all had mostly high draft picks as their core: 1st, 2nd and the occassional 3rd rounder…maybe one late rounder… a high end free agent etc…
    We do not have that in our bottom six so far or on defence after Seabrook and Keith. Maybe now with Joki, we have an upgrade in talent.
    BTW, I respect Kunitz and liked him as Sid’s linemate with the Pens. But, only if you are a Stanley Cup contender, like Tampa was last year, that adding a veteran like Kunitz can help. Otherwise, you are taking away a development year in the NHL for say Graham Knott, or Iacopelli or Fortin…….. ???

  39. Its called a reload for a reason. Look at the pipline forwards like Kayumov, Soderlund, Wise, Kurachev, Altybarmakyan, Entwistle and Shalunov etc. all shoild be here in a couple of years in the bottom 6 or maybe 1 or 2 top 6. They are all 2nd 4th round picks. Beaudin, Boqvist and Mitchell all high picks represent a significant upgrade in defence with an abundance of talented supporting cast on defence.
    No point spending money on high end fa until you see where the biggest need will be and ready to make a playoff run.

  40. How about the play of Colin Delia ! He shut down to many 2 on 1 and breakaways .
    Many times our D were caught pinching ,

    He`s a great goalie in the making .
    Real highlight in that Sens game for sure .

  41. True that’s certainly a possibility. There is a draft deep in centres coming next summer, Toews being bottom 6 at that point may just make the depth, that much better.

  42. Anybody that doesn’t believe that Schmaltz can be top center in this league because of his faceoff %, doesn’t believe Mcdavid, MacKinnon or Eichel can be a top center either. Their faceoff % are all in the same ballpark as Schmaltzs. Toews will still be able to handle his faceoff role even if he is bottom 6.

  43. Was a good summer,
    before the crazies come out of the woods/when season games start,

    talking about the team/mostly positive way,
    getting rid of those flatlanders and bringing Ernie back-making bad into good,

    the group here had good ideas and acted like a team,
    we traded the untradeable 81 contract,
    were loaded in cap space for left over bonuses and any during this yr,
    were loaded in very good prospects, and
    high end prospects-starting with 8, 12, then whos coming next.

    It hard to get excited with the roster last yr and now-Stanley Cup thinking, if we can see the light that is there (starting with 8, 12, whos next,)
    there is a big wave coming, starting with those guys, once these very good prospects become established.
    So watching them develop and gain experience-not think growing pains/this sucks attitude. Is making the long term trainging camp for the teams Stanley Cup roster 23man and in the system.
    Were all/these guys-prospects part of the team.

  44. Blackhawks lines at practice this morning:

    DeBrincat-Toews-Kahun
    Schmaltz-Anisimov-Kane
    Saad-Kampf-Kunitz
    Johnson-Kruger-Martinsen
    Sikura-Highmore-Hayden
    Ejdsell-Fortin

    Interesting … all kinds of interesting stuff there.

  45. For the most part I like what Q is doing here with these lines especially moving Kahun up for a shot with Toews

    AA worked with Panarin and 88 so why not 8 and 88

    Also hopefully Sikura gets a bit of a wake up call with these lines – he needs to dial it up to make the roster and that may be part of the strategy here – he is not going to be handed a spot – Kampf and Johnson have earned their current status in top 12

    If he does he could slide in on the RW of 3rd line, Kunitz goes to 4th line (where he belongs) and Martinsen to press box

    If he doesn’t he’ll have to dial up his game in RKF because right now he’s on the outside looking in

    Hayden seems to be in a similar situation

    As ER said all kinds of interesting

  46. Wraparound agree with your take on the lines. The last 5 looks like a clear message to them, win your spot or else. Agree Kunitz likely ends up on 4th line with Kruger and Martinsen is the type of press box forward Q likes to have around.
    Notice the d pairings were
    Keith Seabrook
    Gus Rutta
    Manning Boqvist
    Davidson Jokiharju
    No mention of Dahlstrom Tuulola that i saw. Jokiharju paired with Davidson looked alot better than with Dahlstrom last game, so that is no surprise.
    Also said Boqvist taking some reps with Keith, so Manning looking like number 7 spot and Boqvist maybe play with Keith in Seabrooks spot for an exhibition game to get a better look at him.

  47. Not saying Manning is going through the motions like the established for yrs players. He might be though.

    Some that look like not as good as they are, could be doing that on purpose/or not on purpose, doing that though.

    Not sure if the Davidson guy is a good as Manning.

    Theres go to be a reason why that is, from history fact on reputation of players, not whos playing as hard and as good as they can now, kind of thing.

    Love the young players, when they play-show up.
    Its a big wave and its coming in the next 18-24 mths.
    Teams cant just play better because their faster anymore,
    were now just as fast and faster once enough of the wave is on.

  48. If Davidson outplays Manning through pre-season I think Q will start him as top 6

    Indications are that there is a somewhat different attitude from Q and if a $2.5 mildo D man sits in favour of someone signing off a PTO then so be it

    Q knows his job is hanging in the balance – he’s going to play whoever is playing the best and that’s the way it should be at least this year

  49. If Davidson and Jokiharju continue to look as comfortable together as they did last game they will be a pairing to start season. Saying Boqvist likely plays last 3 preseason games. You would have to think that getting Boqvist some ice timè against NHLers now is more to help him develop and hope he’snready after a year in London to be a top pair guy next season.
    2 7
    56 44 until 5 back
    22 28
    55

    My thoughts on how defence could look. Unless they keep Boqvist for 9 games.

  50. Q’s comment that Boqvist will likely play the last 3 preseason games – really like that. Let’s see what the kid is at right now and even if he doesn’t make the team it has to be a confidence builder to know Q is that impressed with him.

    Admittedly I’m not good at spotting the nuances of d-man play but in my opinion Boqvist has looked better than Joki. Joki hasn’t looked bad but he hasn’t looked great either.

  51. Craig, the way it works for undrafted but still draft eligible players….this may be specifically to CHL players. Like the Hawks did with Fortin as he was 19 when signed but still draft eligible.

    As long as the player is yet to report to his CHL team, he is eligible to sign an ELC. Once he reports to his CHL team, he must go through the draft process again.

  52. Tiger showed when you do that and people, talk, like Pre, your going to have to bleed to do it.

    That’s where I come from, ya Flatlander. Suck on thaaaat.

  53. Q saying he won’t be going with 3 goalies, Crawford looking like he is on the road back. He also said he wouldn’t go with 8 defencemen, which sounds like Boqvist plays last 3 pre season games. Which Q indicated he would and goes to London. Also he prefers a 22 man roster 13 fwds, 7 dmen and 2 goalies.

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