Blackhawks Sign Four Prospects

Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Joakim Nordstrom, defenseman Klas Dahlbeck, and goaltenders Mac Carruth and Kent Simpson on three-year contracts.

We reported the Carruth deal last week. Carruth, Nordstrom and Simpson were drafted in 2010; Dahlbeck was a third round selection in 2011.

Dalhbeck, 20, had four points (two goals, two assists), a was plus-three with 20 penalty minutes in 55 games with Linkoping HC of the Swedish Elite League.

Nordstrom, 20, had six point (three goals, three assists) in 47 games with AIK of the Swedish Elite League. He was also a major presence with Sweden during their run to the silver at the 2012 World Junior Championships, where he ranked second on the team with four goals (and had one assist) and ranked third with a plus-six rating in six games.

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28 Responses to Blackhawks Sign Four Prospects

  1. Brad Stevenson says:

    I like the two goalies…I think they have a chance…Nordstrom, if he has toughness, could very be a nice find for the Hawks…

    On the other front, Bowman signing Oduya for 3 years at a $3.375 mil cap hit is INSANE…Bowman now has a virtual ton of money invested into a current D Corp that isn’t good enough to protect Crawford or get this team past the first round…

    As it stands right now, this is another BRUTAL decision by Bowman…Hammer is at $3.5 mil and Montador, who might not be ready to play when the season starts (let’s hope), gets $2.75 million…Wow, Seabrook, Keith, Leddy, Hammer, Oduya and what, Dylan Olsen??? What an underwhelming group.

  2. Dickie Dunn says:

    Dylan Olson might develop – given a real chane – into a Seabrook-like player. I expect there’s a good chance Hjalmarsson and Montador won’t be back. Who knows? I like Oduya’s skating/moving the puck – I won’t base judgement on a couple of key mistakes in the first round. (Same with Crawford and the two WEAK goals.)

  3. Kurt says:

    The assumption must now be that Stan is working on a way to rid the team of Hjalmarsson and Montador. IF and if that happens this is a good signing. Assuming again Stan is able to bring in another physical D-Man, this would allow the hawks to use Leddy and Olson less, and allow the natural maturation process to take place.

    I think both of these young d-man could develop into something very special.

    Although Oduya didn’t have a strong defensive playoff, I was most impressed by his ability to pass the puck out of the D-zone. He didn’t hesitate like the former Norris trophy winner does.

    If we don’t dump the two d-man mentioned above… Stan is digging his own grave.

  4. Ian Keane says:

    Is it possible that this puts Hammer and Leddy on the block? I don’t see many takers for Montador at his price and coming off a concusion. Leddy is in the final year of an entry level deal and may be able to get a decent return or be packaged to get a #2 Center/bruising dman.

  5. wall says:

    I agree w most… this only makes sense if Hawks are going to purge themselves of Hjammer/Monty…

    Oduya, is shifty and can move the puck better than most guys on this team, but we still need a Seabs type w/ a shot from the blueline!!!! Especially on PP!!!

    if current D stays as is… this Oduya signing is meaningless!

    Nordstrom can fly!!! Anybody got a report on this Dahlbeck???
    would love to see Kruger-Nordstrom-Saad or Rendsvelt on 4th line in year or two!!!

  6. Dickie Dunn says:

    Ian – trade Leddy? WHY?? He’s 21 with a LOT of skill, and right now he’s #3 after Seabrook and Keith. Hjalmarsson would seem to be on his way out. They might be stuck with Montador…or, maybe he can comeback to be a great 6th defenseman? I believe, with the talent they have at the moment, consistent TEAM defense and playing like they “want it” (going to the net, not just going-thru-the-motions, etc.) is much more important than “a second line center” or a “bruising dman”. Getting Keith to “return to form” (2010) would be HUGE, too.

  7. BoogKnight2002 says:

    I think Dickie makes a good point, we can suffer through some growing pains on the younger guys (Stalberg, Leddy, Kane)- these guys are all still under 25 (I think). We need to remember that.

    I still want to see Jordan Staal as 2nd line center between Hoss and Sharp.

  8. Jim says:

    Hey Wall, that would be an awfully soft 4th line. Are you on Bowman’s staff?

  9. Brad Stevenson says:

    To be clear, as Wall and Kurt said, IF Bowman deals Hammer, at the very least, then I don’t mind the signing…but before we go gaga on Oduya, remember his playoff performance against a grinding, tough team…Yikes…

    Where is the character and toughness needed to win another Cup? Patrick Kane harassing 18 year old girls on a college campus?

  10. henry says:

    What on God’s earth do some of you expect from Leddy? He’s 21, I’ll bet you the majority of GM’s would love to have him. In 2-3 years he could be Duncan Kieth 2.0.
    As for now considering his age he’s got superb skill set. A little more experience and he will be a top pair Dman. Wake up. Just cause he’s not 6-4 220 doesn’t mean he’s not a very good asset

  11. Negzz says:

    Odoyu redux? Ok. Then I HAVE to believe that Hjams is toast OR I believe Stan is an imbecile (not that they’re mutually exclusive.) As per related string, IMHO moving Leddy would be a mistake unless you’re getting great value including a physical tier-1/top-2 guy in the package process. Personally, I’d rather thave Oduya than Hjams if I had to choose, so I’ll wait and see..

  12. Ian Keane says:

    I do not want to see Leddy go, but can Chicago afford him with the over $5 mil going to Keith and Seabrook, over 3 mil going to Hammer and Oduya, and almost 3 mil going to Montador? Not to mention the forwards in the neighborhood of $6 mil (Kane, Toews, Sharp, 3.6 mil for Bolland, 5.2 for Hoss. If Leddy wants a raise, not sure if Stan has the cap space to retain him. Only reason I brought up Leddy

  13. wall says:

    Jim, that is a soft atypical 4th line… but this assuming we spend the money on a physical power forward and D-man who are both 1st or 2nd line types…

    that 4th line will have a shit load of speed and skill and smarts…. and by adding more expensive physical players… the Hawks can have the luxury of playing skill(true #1-#3 liners on a fourth line CHEAP- as young players, in 4 years they will probably be making 2.5- 3 mill each)

    remember the Hawks added all this TOUGH GRIT last year!!!! How did that work??? We have to get tougher/bigger on “skilled 1st-2nd line” and more skilled on and deeper scoring w/ 4th line!!!!

  14. Tab Bamford says:

    to wall’s point, what happens if the Bryan Bickell we saw in the playoffs shows up for longer than a week or two during the regular season? He averaged 1.5 hits per game during the regular season and 5 per game in the playoffs. He’s a better player when he’s physically engaged… and he could replace Brouwer (like he was supposed to last year) if he consistently hits people. Brouwer didn’t leave an enormous hole in the lineup, but certainly 70 games of the playoff-Bickell is good for 18 goals and 240 hits in a season. Just as he was last year, Bickell will once again be an x-factor in 2012-13. Hopefully his contract expiring 7/1/13 is a motivation.

  15. wall says:

    Right on Tab… I have to believe that the combination of off-season surgery + Bickell was one of the cheapest $$$ per point players in the NHL from previous season played into his slooooowww start… this year he is playing for his FAT contract- he will show up!

  16. henry says:

    Bickell’s time has come and gone. Jimmy Hayes is the power forward we need.
    I say dump Hjalmarsson. Trade Kane for Getzlaf and trade Bolland for Luke Schenn.
    Have Danault compete with Kruger for 3rd center.

    Sharp/Toews/Stalberg
    Saad/Getzlaf/Hossa or Morin
    Shaw/Kruger or Danault/ Hayes
    Carcillo/ Kruger or Danault)/ Mayers
    reserves: Ben Smith and Kyle Beach
    D-Men:
    Kieth/Seabrook
    Schenn/Leddy
    Olsen/Oduya
    Goalies:
    Crawford/Hutton

    Don’t be afraid to insert some talented enthusiastic youth – it worked in Philly this yr

  17. Tab Bamford says:

    henry – by “it worked in Philly this yr” do you mean “Jeff Carter and Mike Richards are up one game in the Stanley Cup Finals while the Flyers are playing golf?”

    I want to just throw this reminder out there for folks that are now panting for Ryan Getzlaf: he takes TERRIBLE penalties. If fans are barking about the team having a terrible PK, and they have already extended Carcillo, why on earth would you add another penalty magnet to the roster? Wanting Getzlaf while complaining about the team’s PK is counterproductive. The Hawks need to go get someone that doesn’t spend a lot of time in the box and who can win faceoffs… or, even better, put Patrick Sharp back at 2C where he belongs.

  18. henry says:

    Tab, the Kings are not in the finals because of Carter & Richards. Jonathan Quick is the reason. Using your logic Adam Burish must have been a great player in 09-10.
    Just look at the outstanding contributions Sean Couturier & Brayden Schenn gave the Flyers at 18 & 20 years old respectively. In addition they got almost 30 goals and tons of grit from Simmonds and Voracek has got superb skill too. Richards and Carter are big time party animals like Kane is – players like them NEVER play to their potential and cause more problems (dressing room) than thet are worth. I’d give up Kane in a heartbeat to aquire Getzlaf. Why so many Hawk fans think Kane is untouchable blows my mind. Wow, he scored a fluke GWG in the final! Move this underacheiving little punk now while his value is still high.

  19. Brad Stevenson says:

    Good points Henry…and I agree with the Kane deal…for me it would have to be Nash, Perry, or Getzlaf, someone in that calibre…

    Tab, nice reminder about Bickell, he was a huge let down during the season because Bowman was obviously counting on him to be the player he was in the playoffs…trading him doesn’t make a lot of sense, because of his contract price and duration…we should be in for a great season from Bickell…but no guarantees.

    Hayes and Shaw HAVE to make this roster…they add the size and toughness that we need…plus, both showed a propensity to go to the net, and score goals…but with Mayers and Carcillo resigned, there isn’t a lot of room. That’s why trading Kane makes the most sense…and if Hossa isn’t ready then you give Saad a chance on the top 6…sign a top 3 DMan via Free Agency.

    The lineup would look like this…

    Stahlberg-Toews-Nash
    Sharp-Bolland-Hossa
    Bickell-Kruger-Shaw
    Saad/Hayes-Mayers-Carcillo

    Each line has grit…each line cares about defence…each line can score…each line can go to the net…this is a lineup that gets you into the final 4…

    Remove Nash and add Kane, and we are back to being 1st round fodder…

  20. Tab Bamford says:

    henry: you just compared Adam Burish to two top-six forwards, one of which has been the catalyst to the Kings’ offense waking up and starting to dominate games (Carter). If you’re honestly equating Burish w/ Mike Richards & Jeff Carter, there isn’t much I can do to help you.

    I do not believe Kane is untouchable. But I do think Getzlaf is a bad idea for any team that has PK struggles… which, last time I checked, the Hawks do. Do the Hawks need a big, physical 2C? in a perfect world, yes. But do they need someone who takes dumb penalties? No. That’s why I’ll pass on Getzlaf

  21. henry says:

    Tab – Geez, how many Ducks games do you watch? You know damn well I was not comparing Burish talent level to Carter/Richards. Stop it. The point is that they happen to be on the team in the finals riding on the back of Quick . Why don’t you stay on the point – which is Kane is cancer. Paul Holmgren dumped Carter/Richards cause they were too, and he tradedthem at peak value, got much younger and improved his team in the process. If Carter/Richards had stayed (with their long term contracts eventually they probably would have had to do Brian Campbell type moves. Subtract Kane Add Getzlaf = Team that can go back to finals

  22. Tab Bamford says:

    Just throwing this out there…. looking at 2011-12 numbers…. for the heck of it…

    Kane: 82 GP, 23 goals, 43 assists, 66 pts, +7, 40 PIM
    Getzlaf: 82 GP, 11 goals, 46 assists, 57 pts, -11, 75 PIM

    So doubling the penalty minutes and taking a guy back that had an even worse off-year makes the Blackhawks better because……….?

    Getzlaf takes terrible penalties. I’ve watched plenty of Ducks games, and anyone with eyes and a television can tell you that. I’m not buying that a straight-up swap of Kane for Getzlaf makes the Blackhawks better in any way other than hits as a team. Sorry.

  23. henry says:

    Tab I’ll take your word for it, as far as the penalties. I’ll still take a guy with his skill, talent,size and toughness over our spoiled little boy “Kaner” who is one of the laziest one dimensional player in the league. I’m pretty sure his hawk teammates are fed up with his loafing on the ice. Maybe Getzlaf’s penalties have to do with his passion and I’m sure some are stupid. Kane is plain lazy. How about Jordan Staal?

  24. Tab Bamford says:

    Henry’s pretty sure Kane’s teammates are fed up w/ his loafing on the ice. Sure didn’t sound like it when Sharp met the media on Thursday.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/chi-hawks-sharp-unconcerned-with-kanes-antics-20120531,0,5603231.story

  25. Zesty_N says:

    Wow. I can see wanting to get rid of Kane because of his underachieving but wanting Getzlaf in return is just foolish. Getzlaf is a nice big center with a lot of offensive upside, but he takes too many bad penalties and honestly who has underachieved more than him? The guy hasn’t played up to his potential since the 08-09 season and in his first full season since then he puts up 11 goals. I’m sure there are better 2nd-line center options out there.

  26. henry says:

    Tab actually thinks teammates are going to say how they actually feel about a punky teammmate to the media. Wake up. Sharp is just doing what 99% of teammates do in these dog & pony interviews. Everyone knows the biggest need the Hawks have and have had is a legit 2nd line C. Brandon Saad in 2 years will make everyone forget Patrick Kane.

  27. Tab Bamford says:

    If Patrick Sharp was the 2C still, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

  28. henry says:

    Sharp is much better at wing, the hawks brass knows that – hence the miserable attempt to make punk boy a center. The Hawks strength right now is at wing and many good young prospects led by Saad & Morin – all the more reason to rid themelves of Kane for a top teir C. this is my last word – it’s been a good debate but clearly we see things much differently.

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