17 thoughts on “Blackhawks Scrimmage Live Stream

  1. Was able to attend the scrimage. The Hawks do an excellent job putting this event together and hats off the the fans that packed the UC for a scrimmage.

    As for the youngsters here are my observations. Clendening, Johns and Dalbeck all looked solid. I was really pressed with Johns. Both Keith and Hammer sat. Leddy & Seabs skated . As a general observation the Hawks are much bigger on D with guys like Johns, Dalback and big Cam Barker.

    I thought Cam looked good out there too especially w the extra man.

  2. Quick observation… 52 was really a better option than Mo last year– Riiiiiggghhtt!!!

    Cdening not-

    Bickell was in mid-season form- SLOW!!!

    28/16/11 looked very good–
    suggestion – trade 29, keep D intact, let 23/ TT or Danault or 70/65 be the “checking line”

    Johns looked better than rest of “young D”– Knocked 29 on his ass!

  3. GM Wall’s trades aside, this is our team moving forward, so it was very exciting to see THE DEPTH of this team. I really focused on the Defence last night as it will be the difference to us winning another Cup. Cam Barker continues to impress…he has been good since day 1 of camp. He is in the best shape of his life and is playing with confidence that HE NEVER HAD in the NHL. When Cam began his career with the Hawks, he was very nervous, he’s like that as a person as well…Cam felt the pressure of being such a high draft pick and played with a target on his back, it didn’t work. But what I have noticed with Barker is that the doubt is gone. He knows he can play, he knows that he has the size, the speed and certainly the talent to play D in this league, and he’s just doing it. Barker may not start the season in Chicago, but he has definitely showed the Hawks he is for real, and could be a big help to us during the season. Sorry if Tab and others don’t like the story, but Barker is playing very well and is going to stick at some level.

    As for the kids, what’s not to like? All three looked good out there…I am not sure why Wall doesn’t like Clendening so much, but I love this kid…he is still a little too aggressive offensively, but in his own defensive zone, AC is calm and poised…he’s willing to take the hit to move the puck, and as I have mentioned before AC is very strong, he’s clears out the net quite well, as do Dahlbeck and Johns. Looking at these three, the Hawks are in great shape defensively moving forward…and to this group Paliotta, Dahlstrom and Fournier, and this makes our defence perhaps our strongest part of the team moving forward. I liked that Johns and Dahlbeck both have listened to some constructive criticism from the rookie tourney and early in camp…and that was to maintain body position by using their stick more…don’t get caught in the bait and trap by trying to attack the puck. Keep the player to the outside, maintain great body position, and allow your stick to keep the puck to the outside…all three of them did that last night, and maintained good position in the defensive zone. I think I have seen enough of Johns to know that he should be ready at some point this season to skate NHL minutes. Again, very exciting.

    For a long time I have been touting Jeremy Morin as being the “real deal”. He was our best forward down the stretch last year while Toews and Kane were out…and he continued where he left off. He is quick on the ice, physical around the puck, has better puck handling and passing skills that many thought, and can finish. He makes a great addition to our team as he is a fast, aggressive player, which we can always use. As for “dumping” him on the 4th line, WE NEED to understand that Kruger, Smith, Morin is NOT a 4th line…they are another 3rd line, we have two of them. Just like we have two #1 lines. This line will get 12+ minutes a night and all three of them could be over 10 goals by season’s end. Its a line like this that makes us virtually unbeatable.

    If Q is going to go with Versteeg on the 3rd line, then Kris had better work hard and earn it. He got married this summer to a wife that wants him to “grow up” and take life and his career seriously. If he does, Steeger could have a big year playing with Shaw and Bicks…and as for Bicks, cut him some slack, he has come to camp in the best shape of his life and is 11 pounds lighter…he will have his best season yet. That 3rd line with Shaw is going to give team’s fits with their physicality and they will score.

    Richards, Kane and Saad looks ridiculous, really. How many chances did they generate last night? At least 5 good scoring chances and about 10 overall. As Richards nerves settle down a little bit, he will start to bury his chances as he should have had 3 last night.

    Toews, Sharp and Hossa is still the best 2 way line in the league. So moving forward, its all about DEFENCE. Crawford came of age last playoffs, even in a losing effort. CC became STRONG mentally and a team leader. He is going to build off of that confidence and I fully expect him to have his best NHL season. He just needs a little help clearing the crease. Q has told Leddy that he MUST be more physical this season in the defensive zone, so with he, Keith, Seabs and Hammer, that’s a great core…now we just have to fill those bottom 3 spots and from what Clendening, Dahlbeck and Johns have shown, we are in VERY good hands!

  4. Sr Brad, have you ever thought of doing motivational speaking – man, I’m pumped, I’m stoked, I’m raring to go … drop the freakin puck already :)

  5. Great write up Brad. Not to belabor the Barker chatter, but any thought that this was just a courtesy invite by the hawks, appears to be untrue. I saw the interview with him over the weekend and he was very blunt saying he camp to camp to win a job. Sounds like if he has been that much of a presence in camp and the scrimmages, he might win a spot,as you said Brad, perhaps not with the Hawks initially but maybe top pairing in Rockford.

  6. If the Hawks sign Barker, it needs to be under about $1mm(?) to keep from affecting the cap even if he is in Rockford. Comments on this??

    My feeling is Leddy will be on the move. But, he is not enough so the Hawks may have to carry 22 or, if there is a God……someone will give us a 6th rounder for Rosival.

  7. “or, if there is a God……someone will give us a 6th rounder for Rosival.”

    I’ll take a conditional 2017 7th round pick : condition- Rosival is still playing for that team.

    Which, wont be the case… meaning… we just get him off the books…

  8. Tim G…..If I understand the rules correctly, which I may not…….about $1.1mm of his salary is put against our CAP even if the Hawks loan him as a coach to an ECHL team. I think the only way to get him “off the books” is if Rosival retires and gives up the money or he is on the LTIR.

  9. Barker will be with the Hawks in some capacity, he will either be on the big club as a 6th/7th d-man or in RFD. I don’t believe the Hawks invited him as a favor and if so he is proving that he belongs with the organization.

    As for the scrimmage I thought Bickell played very well and skated well. As a matter of fact I thought he skated better then I have ever seen him. This is the “biggest” Hawks roster I can remember in the Toews/Kane era. That size will be important if the Hawks plan on winning the West.

  10. SSHM-
    you mentioned the biggest roster of this era-other than maybe Mashinter (for Bollig) How do we get much bigger? Barker is iffy to make the team and Rasmussen would have to beat out Nordstrom, which probably doesn’t happen IMO.
    Johns would be the one significant change, and this depends on a couple of things happening, including who leaves and how Adam C. does in camp.
    I do, however agree that some extra size will/would help and I’m excited about the talent and mix of youth-experience on this team.

  11. Honestly, size is over rated…if you are like Bollig, and can’t catch up to anyone, can’t maintain possession and are in a constant chase position (see the playoffs) then what’s the point of size? The Kings have one of the biggest, most physical teams in the entire NHL…they did NOT run us out of any building. The 2013 Bruins were as big and as bad a they came, ever, and we withstood it without any physical presence from Bollig.

    We don’t need it…what we need to continue to develop is that combination of speed and skill that teams stand in awe of…Morin, Smith, TT add to this progression…Bollig did not…for those thinking that Mashinter will make the team and contribute, simply haven’t watched him play…he’s slower than Bollig, albeit with more intelligence. Rasmussen, Nordstrom are the kinds of players we need to find space for, not some goon that will fight some other team’s goon every 5th game or so…those days are over in the NHL.

    The extra size on the Hawks will come from our Defence progression…the matriculation of Dahlbeck, Clendening and Johns makes us bigger, stronger and younger…this will be more than enough size as our offence skates circles around opposing teams…

    ER, I am very excited for the season to start as I just don’t see any team beating the Hawks this season for the Cup…plus we should get younger and stronger during the season…all this with TT waiting in the wings…

  12. Bollig is the 7th highest paid forward on Calgary. Clearly, he has 3rd line wheels to burn. Still waiting on identity of Bollig’s agent. Q realized he blew back to back Cups by putting Bollig’s possession of incrimating Q photos (at local horse parlor) ahead of team’s interests. At least Q or bowman placed mind altering substances in Calgary hierarchy’s beverages at draft …. Amen. Mashinter is slower than Bollig? He must have secured Q photo collection from Bollig. Burish was enforcer in ’09 and ’10. He can actually kill penalties, decent speed and is good at face offs too. Well liked as well by Sharp, Kane etc. Has half a brain as well (economics degree). There you go.

  13. Barker DOES NOT HAVE A CONTRACT WITH THE ORGANIZATION. Please stop including him in the list of potential contributors at the NHL level this season. The Hawks have 7 defensemen on the NHL roster now as it is (including Rundblad, not including Cumiskey) and Cumiskey joins a talented list of prospects fighting for a call if/when a d-man is dealt. Dahlbeck looked good last night, Johns is a beast and Clendening has a brighter future with the organization than a veteran rental like Cumiskey. The best case scenario for Barker is an AHL contract and he starts the season w/ the IceHogs – and even that will be tough w/ the depth there.

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