Nicolas Beaudin

Blackhawks Send Nicolas Beaudin to Rockford

On Friday afternoon the Blackhawks announced a number of roster moves, one of which certainly raises eyebrows.

Defensemen Nicolas Beaudin and Wyatt Kalynuk and forward Reese Johnson were re-assigned to Rockford. Goaltender Collin Delia will also join the IceHogs on a conditioning assignment.

Forwards Brad Morrison and Mikael Hakkarainen and goaltender Matt Tomkins were re-assigned to the taxi squad.

Beaudin’s two goals is tied for the NHL rookie lead among defensemen in spite of only appeared in 11 games thus far. He had been scratched for Adam Boqvist since Boqvist returned from COVID. Beaudin averaged 1:52 per night on the power play in Boqvist’s absence.

53 thoughts on “Blackhawks Send Nicolas Beaudin to Rockford

  1. Can’t say I’m particularly surprised after being a healthy scratch two consecutive games.

  2. Wrong guy sent down boqvist should be the one. He was very shaky in Columbus out of position getting caught constantly I’m sure it won’t be long.

  3. Icehogs have games Sat, Sun and next Wednesday. After the weekend vs Detroit the Hawks are off until Thursday so I’m sure this is just to get them some games to keep them fresh. I don’t read anything else into it.

  4. Wrong guy bo should go down he was caught many times looked shaky all game only a matter of time unless Stan intervenes

  5. Funny how quick it goes from Colliton should get all the credit for the success of this team this season to he doesn’t know who should be in Ahl or Nhl.

  6. Very interesting. Tells me a few things. It appears that the taxi squad will no longer be used as a way to move the youngsters in and out of the lineup. If your are on the taxi squad, you probably will not get in unless there is an injury. The veteran d-men won’t see any maintenance days, and will probably stay in the 19-24 minute TOI. The guys sent back to Rockford were not going to play much and need the playing time to develop. So……
    1) Is this a shift in philosophy from develop the kids to a drive for the #4 playoff spot and a repeat of last year?
    2) Does Beaudein not get the same amount of leash to make mistakes as does Mitchell or Boquvist?
    3) Reports say that Kalyunik signed with the hawks instead of the Flyers because he was “going to be given a chance” to make the roster. How do you think he feels now?
    4) If your Johnson do you think that he feels he is as good or better than highmore and not given much of an opportunity?
    5) At the TDL do we now look for players to help win now or look to accumulate picks.
    Gentlemen & Ladies, your take on this please.

  7. Anymore who thought Beaudin was playing great or is the wrong young dman to be sent down hasn’t really been paying attention. He’s looked good at times, and awful at others. His even strength metrics are the worst on the team. Getting him some time in Rockford isn’t gonna hurt his development. We’ve got a logjam at the blueline and a few more promising prospects at that position in the system.

  8. Boqvist is being given a chance to show his growth from last year. He has now been told – if not literally spoken to – that he is in until he proves to the displeasure of the organization he cannot perform well enough to stay. Play him every game and see how he develops. I agree with the call, assuming management believes he is a piece of the future puzzle. It’s now on him to not slip backwards.

    Beaudin playing the right side was only taking time away from 27. He wasn’t going to move any left side Dman out of the lineup, so the Rock is where he gets to play. After the movement of de Haan at TDL, he will be up and playing the left side, where he belongs. Having him up and playing the wrong position and taking time from other developing players in their natural position – well, I think it is foolish. This is the correct move.

    To be clear – I have been and will remain of the mind that Boqvist has not shown near as much as was expected of him. I also believe that Beaudin has already shown me more than Boqvist has. But these are kids that likely will develop at different speeds and times, and it is best to have them develop playing the position we hope to see then playing in the Indian Head sweater 5 years from now.

    We must continue to play the vets on defense. We owe them that respect, as long as they perform at an expected level. De Haan leaves sometime in the next 6 weeks – for whatever we can get. Murphy stays, because he is currently our best defensive defenseman. I agree that cutting playing minutes back on vets to help feed experience to the kids would be smart, and something the vets can respect.

    We have a strength from which to trade now, and it is a strength that others will seek out. Young Dmen with promise are an asset we should be thankful we have. Spend them wisely Mr Bowman.

    We ABSOLUTELY do not BUY for the playoffs. We are sellers this year, not buyers, unless the absolute dream trade falls in our laps.

    Any kid Dman that can play in a 3rd pair, let alone a 2nd pairing is gonna be gold for the next few years. Covid created a need to tri, costs. That is best done by having players on ELCs playing on the parent club. There’s gonna be a rush for young talent on the NHL rosters for the next couple of years so teams can have cheap players who are capable of not messing everything up on every shift.

    Kids are becoming the new everyday players. Call Mr Stan. He has a few extra.

  9. I’m not particularly surprised with Beaudin and Delia. Johnson is a bit of a surprise. His physical play is so fun to watch. Mikael Hakkarainen is a Center. Maybe he’s getting a shot at that FO dot to see what he can do at the NHL level. I do wonder why Morrison is getting a shot over Quenneville or Teply. BUT…I am going with “the plan”. I think SB and Colliton has earned a bit more trust, for this season. The only misstep this year is Zadorov. He wasn’t worth Saad. Gilbert is comparable. Plus, he was improving with every game. BUT…that’s a story for another day. Let’s see what the new kids can do.

  10. Sharp Skates- as good as kids are playing- 100% sellers at TDL. Stock up extra picks and land the next Kurashev late in draft– and hope there is a “Lukas Reichel” or two
    mid to late 1st round ( Beaudin) .- and get 2– 1st chances.

    Hawks are still playing soft schedule + really NOT good in 5 on 5- But still love the intensity/hustle they are playing with. But really -ain’t as good as their record says.

    Agreed- Get Beaudin some game time

    Love to see Brad Morrison play couple games. Reading up on him- high end hands/finish/speed- comp is Tyler Johnson. Play him with some skill (kane) or speed- Suter and Hagel- and see what he can do!!!

  11. JC has settled for now on his D men but that could change

    Beaudin will be back I agree after TDL if not before

    D next year
    2 – 51
    74 – 5
    16 – 27

  12. Regarding TDL there shouldn’t be any change to the plan just because the team is more competitive than everyone thought they would be

    I expect 44, 34 and 13 to be traded – maybe 22 but I think he stays partly for compliance amongst FWs in Seattle draft

  13. Beaudin will be back up at some point he just needs to play. Same as Kalynuk and Johnson. Delia gets 14 days in the Ahl for the conditioning stint.
    Morrison, Hakkarainen and Tompkins will not dress in any games fellas. Their fodder for this move. They are Ahl level players only.

  14. All the young d-men are different people with different buttons that could/should be pushed for maximum effectiveness. It’s not a one size fits all approach to developing the young players. Plus, circumstances dictate decisions – circumstances the coaches know and we out here in the peanut gallery do not. I trust Colliton and the coaches to make the right moves, regardless what the peanut gallery thinks.

  15. happy with this move and hoping carlsson will get playing time with hawks. we all have our favorites, but it will sort out through this year and next. two things on my mind. i don’t want beaudin and carlsson to be sitting. also don’t want 16 & 27 to be force fed on us because they were traded for saad and drafted high. don’t mind them getting the first shot, but i feel neither has lit up the nhl so far. if their level of play does not ascend 16 should sit and 27 should go to rockford.

  16. From last thread. Have read this one now.

    MORRISON
    February 26, 2021 at 6:27 pm
    This.

    HHNL
    February 26, 2021 at 10:14 am
    Nylander, that’s all I’m going to say about that.

    I would propose limiting starts for Murphy, de Haan, and Carpenter now and increase their presence as the Hawks approach the trade deadline. Play the kids in their place and sell when prospects and or draft picks are offered.

    I know, I should be more optimistic after a victory but give me a team that can go nose to nose with the Blues, contending for a cup in the future and I’ll be singing from the rafters. Go Hawks

    MORRISON
    February 26, 2021 at 7:12 pm
    It was 19 that got Kubalik scoring last yr. We had the 20 64 8 line and they were really good. Then we needed more in the 4 lines so coach did those guys with 19 for a few shifts at end of a game we were down one I think in last 4-5 min and in those last few min 8 got off like 2 or 3 really good shots/scoring chances.

    The thing with that was it was instint and even thoug didnt score on those shots just getting him the puck in scoring positions you could see potential blast shot. From that last few minm of that game and on that line 20 19 8 went on and 8 scored 35? or something.

    So like your saying next yr when 77 19 are back I have ? 19 8 on the line.

    J R ROMAN
    February 26, 2021 at 2:42 pm
    Kubalik has a great shot. Need to get a set up man on his line. Just like DCat in his 40 goal year. Just have someone’s main goal be to tee Kubalik up the goals will come.

    How nice is it to have goaltending when we thought we had none. Also nice to have goaltending for $1.7mil for 2 and $2.7mil for three. Cracks me up how Fla and Mont have $10mil for 1. TB $10mil for 2 Veg $12mil for 2. Mont $14mil for 2.

  17. This is the correct answ

    SILENT SPOT
    February 26, 2021 at 4:56 pm
    Boqvist is being given a chance to show his growth from last year. He has now been told – if not literally spoken to – that he is in until he proves to the displeasure of the organization he cannot perform well enough to stay. Play him every game and see how he develops. I agree with the call, assuming management believes he is a piece of the future puzzle. It’s now on him to not slip backwards.

    Beaudin playing the right side was only taking time away from 27. He wasn’t going to move any left side Dman out of the lineup, so the Rock is where he gets to play. After the movement of de Haan at TDL, he will be up and playing the left side, where he belongs. Having him up and playing the wrong position and taking time from other developing players in their natural position – well, I think it is foolish. This is the correct move.

    To be clear – I have been and will remain of the mind that Boqvist has not shown near as much as was expected of him. I also believe that Beaudin has already shown me more than Boqvist has. But these are kids that likely will develop at different speeds and times, and it is best to have them develop playing the position we hope to see then playing in the Indian Head sweater 5 years from now.

    We must continue to play the vets on defense. We owe them that respect, as long as they perform at an expected level. De Haan leaves sometime in the next 6 weeks – for whatever we can get. Murphy stays, because he is currently our best defensive defenseman. I agree that cutting playing minutes back on vets to help feed experience to the kids would be smart, and something the vets can respect.

    We have a strength from which to trade now, and it is a strength that others will seek out. Young Dmen with promise are an asset we should be thankful we have. Spend them wisely Mr Bowman.

    We ABSOLUTELY do not BUY for the playoffs. We are sellers this year, not buyers, unless the absolute dream trade falls in our laps.

    Any kid Dman that can play in a 3rd pair, let alone a 2nd pairing is gonna be gold for the next few years. Covid created a need to tri, costs. That is best done by having players on ELCs playing on the parent club. There’s gonna be a rush for young talent on the NHL rosters for the next couple of years so teams can have cheap players who are capable of not messing everything up on every shift.

    Kids are becoming the new everyday players. Call Mr Stan. He has a few extra.er/what to do here. Black and White.

  18. Oops..posted this under the game recap page instead of the Beaudin news..my apologies for the redundancy…Something else to keep in mind regarding Beaudin..if he was a right handed defenseman, he’s probably still on the active roster and maybe he’s rotating minutes with Boqvist..but right now, there is a volume issue on the left side of the Hawks blueline. We have too many healthy bodies that are playing relatively well on the left side (including DeHaan, who I’m not the biggest fan of, but even I admit that he’s looked very good over the last few games). For a stretch of games, the coaching staff tried to mitigate that by having Beaudin play on the right side. However, my guess is that the coaches didn’t like how he’s looked there for the last 2-3 games. It’s really no one’s fault. It’s asking a lot of any rookie defenseman to perform well in their first year, but to also ask them to perform well on their backhand is asking an awful lot. I think as Hawks fans, Hammer spoiled all of us for years. He was so effective on his backhand that I would always forget that he’s a left handed defenseman. As a matter of fact, one reason that Oduya played so well with Hammer is that Oduya never switched sides. He was always able to play on his natural side. But there aren’t a lot of left handed defenseman who are that comfortable on their backhand where they can switch sides at will and then stay on the right side for years. It is a very, very difficult transition. So for now, the vets will play..Mitchell and Boqvist will play..and Beaudin will find more opportunities this season at some point. And when he does, hopefully he’s able to get minutes on his natural side.

    Regarding the trade deadline, as others have correctly pointed out, there isn’t any reason to deviate from the long term goals of this franchise. I also don’t think the Hawks would have the depth for a deep playoff run without Toews, Dach, Nylander, Shaw, possibly Strome, etc..the Bergeron’s and O’Reilly’s would be salivating to go against Suter and Strome in a playoff series..and that’s not even accounting for any injuries your team could suffer between the day after the trade deadline passes and the playoffs begin. Can you imagine the Hawks trading a second rounder for let’s say, Glendening, and then Cat or Kane gets banged up right before the playoffs begin? It’s more valuable to this franchise long term to accumulate assets..Wallmark, Soderberg, Janmark..these players were signed because of the same underlying distinction..they could potentially help a playoff team and bring back assets to the Hawks. I would hope that this is still the plan for the tdl.

  19. I am a big Beaudin guy but he was looking a little overwhelmed defensively in his last 2 games so I think playing him 20 minutes a night for a couple of months in Rockford is not a bad thing.Now Reese Johnson and Kalynuk are different stories.From all reports these 2 are very ready and the Hawks should get them some valuable NHL time but the coaches and organization has seen them up close and knows better but I’m still disappointed.

  20. Yes yes. I want to have two 1sts and get two moar good young wave players. No need to add at tradeline. Add more ufas in summer and keep some/trade some at tradeline. Like to trade Jannmark and him come back in summer anyways. Hand shake ask him if he wants to play for a playoff team/top 10 team and then come back in summer with our up coming roster. Your helping us by doing so would you want to do that.

  21. I also saw another post mentioning how the LA Kings GM, Rob Blake, is looking for a young, left handed defenseman..it’s interesting that he was just in the news today because I had posted a comment somewhere on this site lol (earlier this week or maybe last week) about how I thought the Kings and Hawks would make potentially good trade partners. And whether it’s the Hawks or another team, the Kings are going to have to make a trade at some point..they have so many centers in their system that they literally don’t have room for them all..now, all that being said, there’s no way I trade Beaudin..as another post correctly mentioned- young, cost effective defensemen with top four upside are almost impossible to find unless you draft them and at least for the next two years, they’re probably even more valuable in a flat cap. So Beaudin, Mitchell, and Boqvist should be off limits for the Hawks in the same way that Vilardi, Byfield, and Turcotte are, I’m assuming, off limits for LA since all three will probably play prominent roles at center for the Kings at some point ..so then the question is, if each team is rebuilding with a specific focus on one position(the Hawks by focusing on defensemen and the Kings by focusing on centers)..what position is more valuable? I would argue that a true, number one center and a true, number one defenseman are about equal..but if neither team is interested in trading one of their top few prospects, then neither role would be filled by a trade. So then, what about the next tier down for each team..would the Hawks entertain the idea of trading Carlsson or Kalynuk for Kupari, as an example? And if so, would that trade even benefit the Hawks? Kupari has good size, has center 2 upside, and is a right handed shot who is 20 years old..being able to go Dach-Kupari-Toews-Kampf in 3-4 years is very appealing..your top 3 centers would also all be right handed shots, which is a nice luxury to have..on the flip side, having Beaudin, Kalynuk, Carlsson, and Vlasic on the left side of our blue line in 3-4 years is also very appealing..so which is valued more? Enviable depth at center or three true pairings on the blueline…I wonder if this is how Stan looks at potential trades like this? Because I think that’s why he traded Jokiharju for Nylander..I think his theory was that a potentially 45-50 point winger who could play top six minutes was worth more than a 15-25 point stay at home defenseman..he believed in Nylander’s ceiling more than if Jokiharju reached his floor..so, would and should he look to do it again? If I was GM, I would just keep all of my defensemen and let them develop together..but they’re two teams who I think will cross paths at some point and it will be interesting to see if a trade happens.

  22. By the way – Scott Powers has a pretty positive article on Boqvist at TheAthletic. Boqvist haters are advised to stay away – it will just aggravate them.

  23. I would say top pair Defensemen are harder come come by because theres no as many ufa 27 28 29 to pair D guys available as there are 1st line players as ufas.

  24. I rather have Four excellent Defensemen and if five turn out to be good then make the trade that way we have four for sure.

    DO need good FW to win to though I would rather have that Defense stacked and add FW last.

    Not that it has to be same we had 2 7 before 19 88 and then 4 before 81.

    Just think Defense is harder to get and I want a loaded Defense/Horsemen style.

  25. Kalynuk and Mitchell will be part of the top 4 next season.Just a feeling.The Boqvist situation will take care of itself by this seasons end.With the defensive talent in the system I don’t think they will be able to get away with playing him ahead of everyone else if he does not show drastic defensive and skating improvement.When this team takes shape next training camp hopefully the Nylander and Strome decisions will have been made also.A wild guess by me is that next year at this time Boqvist,Strome,Nylander,DeHaan,Soderberg,and 1 of the Marks boys are not here.Seabrook and Shaw will remain on LTIR.

  26. ER – just finished the Boquist article and agree Boquist haters stay away – your brains may explode

    Powers does a nice job analyzing Boquist’s improvements and reminding everyone that other than Bowen Byram he is the youngest regular D man in the league (BTW it seems whenever I watch COL Byram has the sort of defensive miscue that Boquist would get roasted for)

    Lately when I watch Boquist I am reminded of JC Tremblay the Montreal Canadians D man from the sixties who then moved to WHA in the 70s – some of you will remember him being on the 71 Habs who beat the Hawks in the SC Final

    Trembaly and Boquist share similar bodies (almost identical sizes 5′ 11″ and weight) and skating stride (quite upright), style (smallish offensive D men who needed to use guile and their sticks to defend)

    But the thing that got me thinking about the comparison is their personalities – both seem icy calm – notice how Boquist almost seems nonchalant at times even though I don’t believe he is, it’s just his demeanor (notice how unexcited he seemed when he scored that 5 on 3 goal vs CBL) – that reminds me of Tremblay who you’d rarely see engage in a huge emotional/physical way making it seem like he didn’t care but he did and when before he left for the Nordiques of the WHA was a first team NHL All Star

    I also like the quotes from Boquist in the article – he seems to understand his situation and is committed to being the best

  27. Wrap – Had to laugh at your comment re: Byram. I watched some of the Avs game last night and Byram struggled. I believe he is going to be a very good player but he played 12 minutes in a tight game. If that was Boquist the board would be lit this morning.

    Slayer I believe SB views all players as assets that can be used as key pieces on the team or chips to exchange for other assets. I don’t think having a “d heavy” prospect pool is a problem as long as they are quality players. There is no doubt one or more will be moved because there isn’t room for all of them and there are clearly openings to be filled in the forward group. I would caution that fans tend to overvalue their teams prospects and along that line I see no chance of the Kings taking a 23 year old Carlsson or Kalynuk for a 20 year old first round pick like Kupari. If that deal gets done it’s for Beaudin.

  28. We all want to see everything happen quick and patience is often hard to show as a fan, development unfortunately doesn’t care about our time frames and lack of patience. Glad to hear about the Boqvist article he deserves some good ink. How bad would it be if next year the blueline looked like to start year.
    Keith Mitchell
    Zadorov Murphy
    Carlsson/ Boqvist
    Kalynuk

    Beaudin grooming himself playing top minutes in all situations to step in Keith’s spot when the inevitable happens. Taking advantage of what is available to keep these young guys around isn’t a bad idea. Callups will happen, Beaudin on top of list obviously, Bowey still signed if needed, can be stored in Rfd for depth. May be expansion draft changes maybe it doesn’t time will tell. Dehaan not an easy replacement, solid veteran who can play big minutes in all situations, underrated shotblocker but likely time to move on.

  29. I hope Kalynuk will prove to be a top-4 d-man for the Hawks … course I haven’t seen him play in the NHL, or anywhere else for that matter, so it’s a bit difficult to project from nothing. I might as well redirect my clairvoyant powers to Kalynuk’s future since they’re not doing well divining winning lotto numbers anyway.

    There’s a word (that I can’t think of right now) that means turning a person’s name into a verb to represent the thing that person is known for, and then to apply that person’s name to others when the same thing happens to them. The one that comes to mind has political undertones but I don’t intend to use this only as an example – not to make a political comment. There was a man who was nominated for the Supreme Court of the U.S. years ago – his name was Robert Bork. During the Senate confirmation process, the opposition party impugned his character with lies and basically unfairly railroaded him to the point that make it untenable for him to continue so he withdrew himself from consideration. Those actions taken against Bork came to be known as “Borking” and when the same tactics were used against others it was said they got “Borked”.

    Long story to get to this point – I think we may be getting close to requiring a new term for the way many fans are treating Boqvist. In future years when a high draft pick doesn’t immediately prove he’s worth the high draft pick, still while he is extremely young – we can call the unfair criticism “Boqvisting” and say a player got “Boqvisted”. What do you think?

  30. EB, by no means am I saying that Boquist will not develop. Heck he may even have a higher ceiling that Beaudin in the long run. Point is that in the here and now, I think Beaudin has been playing better than Boquist and has earned the right to play with the big boys.

    There is a big mental difference between I earned a spot on the big team verses I was lucky that they did not send me back to the AHL. Boquist is breathing a sighing of relief and Beaudin is most likely pissed and I don’t blame him.

    I hope they do not screw up Beaudin. The worse thing is for a young player to not have confidence in a coach or management team. If Boquist is further back on the development curve than he should have been the one to head to Rockford not because they are shielding the #8 overall pick for SB. The Hawks do not need another Jokiharju situation where JC the great communicator could not manage him.

    Remember these are the same guys that started the year with their #1 goalie Lankinen third on the depth chart.

  31. Beaudin had some very good games at the beginning but he was looking overwhelmed the last few games – since Boquist returned from Covid he’s been the better of the two and I would argue better than Mitchell as well

    If the Hawks had a spot for Beaudin in the line up on the left side I’d be for keeping him up but they don’t – he won’t be down that long – injuries happen and there likely will be a spot opened after TDL

  32. wrap

    how about you NEVER, EVER recall that 71 finals on this site? i am still emotionally scarred from that series and especially game seven. i can still close my eyes and see pocket rocket blow past magnuson and score the winning goal.

    i watched the game alone in the basement of the sae fraternity house at ohio state. in those days ohioans didn’t know a hockey puck from a hostess cupcake. had a really bad temper in those days and after the final horn i went up to my room, locked the door, and destroyed the room. the worst sports event of my life. it wasn’t disappointing. it was crushing and still is today fifty years later.

  33. Hawks 29 – I feel your pain – I was 16 then and watched at home and was crushed by the loss as well – I know I was venting at the TV in male teenage fashion while my mother tried to calm me down

    However the 3 Cups in the Toews/Kane era have made that pain go away for me – having suffered those defeats in the 70’s it seemed the Hawks would never win again and then to win 3 times in the 2010s was so unbelievable I can actually joke with Habs fans about those 70s Finals now

  34. Big YAWN.

    It’s like a Mites house league game – none of this really matters in any significant way. Let the kids play and have some fun until the season is over.

  35. HHNL, you don’t know Boqvist is breathing a sigh of relief anymore than I do – because you and I are not privy to the interactions of the coaches with each individual player. Nor do you know what Beaudin is thinking about getting sent to Rockford. Developing a player is done at the individual player level and we can’t know those dynamics from the outside. The psychological makeup of the player is different from one player to the next and affects the coaching technique so one size doesn’t fit all. In most cases there’s a lot of two steps forward and one step back in the process which looks to me, from the outside, what happened to Beaudin over the last 2-3 games.

    At some point it comes down to trusting the coaches to develop each individual player the best way they can, regardless how it looks from the outside. That doesn’t mean the coach will succeed in bringing the best out of the player, nor does it mean the player is capable of getting better. But that’s why there are coaches and I trust their capabilities more than yours or mine to know the right way to develop the players.

  36. A player can learn from mistakes but a player who may be making mistakes because of confidence issues, are 2 different things and need different approaches. Without knowing how that impacts things, hard to judge. Also there is obviously a need for right shots now on Nhl roster and leftside is crowded, probably impacts decisions too.

    Wrap can see your comparison of Boqvist to JC Tremblay, was in junior in 71 and remember it well, Lemaire’s goal from redline and H Richards tying and winning goals, put him atop my most hated players list ever since.

  37. Wrap, I got you by a year – I was 17 in ’71. I didn’t watch the game but read about it in the paper the next day – actually 2 papers because I would get a copy of the SunTimes and DailyNews so I could read about it from 2 different writers. Maybe because I didn’t see it it affected me less that the Finals against the Pens when freakin Jagr walked through the entire team to score. Ahh … but that was long ago and all of that was made better in 2010, and then 2013, and then 2015.

  38. When I was in high school it was the we won every round 4-0 and we were up like 2-0 or 3-0 in game 1 and then didnt win that game/we should have and prob win Cup instead we somehow lost game 1 after being up 2-0/3-0 and that was part of when the madman in me started. Duke somehow cheating? to beat UNLV in basketball/even though basketball is not a cool of a sport. Thank God I like Kentucky and we won a dynasty when I was in college and that made up for it big time.

    I had my fraternity brothers calling me coach for a yr after a guided the team back being down to of all teams/Duke and win that game with Wayne Turner leading the way. Man I had those guys asking who was going to win this and that after I predicted that Han Solo/Nik Faldo would win the golf after 3rd round when Norman Shark was way up. From that day on those guys looked at me/up to me for.

    So there are games/times when the beast comes out and is good because yrs later when we win games/championships in certain sports is soo much more rewarding and always celebrate like Kaner does everytime we win.

    Not a chance. not a chance!

  39. You are spot on Neil…Boqvist is like hot curry…exciting at both ends. He should be in Rockford trying to figure out how to defend and putting on muscle.

  40. Ian – it was the Lemaire’s goal that was so hard for me to take – from centre FFS

    That wouldn’t happen now because hockey blades aren’t allowed to be as warped as Jacques’ was – the pucked dipped after it went over Tony O – I can’t for the life of me figure out what he was doing on his knees on a shot from centre as the puck sailed overhead

    Ok I’m finished now

  41. @morrison..I agree..keep our defensemen and let them develop..if and when we feel confident in our blueline, then we can make a trade if the Hawks feel that they have an ”extra” defender..but I remember years ago when Stephen Johns, Klas Dhalbeck, Carl Dahlstrom, Ville Pokka, TVR, etc. were supposed to be the next wave of great Hawks defensemen..and none of them ended up being anything more than 3rd pairing guys..so now that we finally have Beaudin, Boqvist, Mitchell, Carlsson, etc. I would just continue to develop them..some will play for the Hawks for a long time..some won’t..but until we know who will and who won’t, let’s just keep loading up..

    The good thing about having so many defensemen in the system is that this year, with our first round pick, if we have a similar grade on a defenseman and a center, we can probably grab the center and maybe add the center who will one day play behind Dach.

  42. @ms..agreed..my hypothetical was based more on the fact that I think the Kings have Byfield, Turcotte, and Vilardi (and maybe even Tyler Madden) ahead of Kupari on their own internal depth chart..couple that with Kopitar still in center 1 position, and there may be an opportunity to buy Kupari at a slight discount since he’s not very good on the wing and that’s where he would have to play with their center logjam (he’s a natural, playmaking center)..but you are correct, usually, a team isn’t going to give up a first round draft pick for anything less than a first, whether it’s a pick or an equal value prospect..the one benefit the Hawks have with developing defensemen is that, theoretically, we could play 7 every night..it’s easier to give our players a look..the Kings, once they account for Kopitar and Vilardi, are down to two spots at center..I just feel like it’s going to be difficult to give big minutes to all of them over the next year or two(and they certainly won’t have Turcotte or Byfield playing on the fourth line)..whether it’s the Hawks or another team, I think the Kings may have to take slightly less value for one of them in order to add some depth to some other positions within their system.

  43. I didnt ever look at those Defensemen as the next good group. TO me they were like the draft pick players/we got from other teams for players we couldnt keep after 2010 kind of players. The temps/or not our draft picks players like Morin. Those players then and those Defensemen you listed to me wernt really ours.

    These guys now are ours just like the drafts from 2005-2009 when we got that wave. I said then these guys are different. I said it again other wk these guys are different. You can feel it. Sure 19 88 arnt that age like 77 is and they were then. For the whoel group though other then top 3 gems 19 88 77 and whos next. It is to me.

    I can feel it.

    Its the Four Horsemen and top 3 gem 77 and drafts from other trades/tradeline trades like Beau Kurachev. Good timing trades-that balance out bad trades like Danault Shaw. Though full circle Shaw is Debrincat. You know what I mean. These guys are different.

  44. Anotther thing on these gourp of draft players is we had top 10 draft picks and a couple top 3 gem picks thats why we got a good wave like we did in 2008 and 2009/once they were ready. Same thing here we have been getting top 10 draft picks and a top 3 gem. The yrs we got those Defensmen you listed we were picking 30th every yr/like 5 times in 7 yrs. Thats why we ended up with those kind of draft players.

    I know I know good players can come from any spot/sure. Though usually-more of the time they come from top 10 selections.

    My mind set is the moar the merryer and thats how we get more good pones by having more to hit the number/right player.

  45. Fyi mike modano being interviewed tonght on wings broadcast. Looks like kane will be a topic. Two top wings out in beruzzi and larkin. The Blackhawks lucky scheethis far continues. The real challenege should be the next three. Enjoy the game

  46. Go 2-0 against DET and were +7. Know your looking at still at 5 then TB could have us to +2 and after that even doing good splitting most we could be around -3 -2 -1 0 +1 by game 55 and that would have us around a bunch of teams for the 5 6 7 8 9 spot before ping pong balls.

    Crazy to think when were 2 wins away on DET from being +7 and a lock a 4 seed.

    Would rather win some and lose some and get that better player in the 5 6 7 8 9 spot before ping pong balls. Along the way get good valuable experience and still get an elite player from draft and make trade at tradeline for a draft pick in the 15-25 area. So we get two good players from draft.

    Donot for get a 35th pick can be a very good player. Thats where 20 12 others have come from. We do very well from 1st half of 2nd round picks in drafts.

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