DeBrincat Scores Twice But Vegas Comes Back To Beat Blackhawks

Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane have it working right now.

The Blackhawks turned in what may be their best period of the season to open the action against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday evening. At 4:36 into the first, DeBrincat got the Hawks on the board first.

Dominik Kahun was credited with the only assist on DeBrincat’s 22nd of the year.

Kane wasn’t going to let DeBrincat catch him for the team’s goal scoring lead, so he slammed home a power play goal 11 minutes later for his 25th of the year.

On that goal, Erik Gustafsson picked up an assist. He now has a point in eight consecutive games, which puts him in some great company in Blackhawks history.

Jonathan Toews was also credited with an assist on the Kane goal.

Vegas out-shot the Hawks 11-10 in the first but the Blackhawks controlled the flow almost the entire 20 minutes.

The second period wasn’t nearly as dominant for Chicago.

Alex Tuch scored 94 seconds into the period to cut the lead in half. However, the Hawks would push their lead back to two when Kane and DeBrincat hooked up for another power play goal.

DeBrincat, like Gustafsson, joined some incredible company in Blackhawks history by reaching 50 career regular season goals.

Vegas cut the lead back to one on Ryan Carpenter’s fourth of the season with 54 seconds left in the period. After two, the Blackhawks held a 3-2 lead while being out-shot 21-18.

The third saw Vegas getting more good looks at Collin Delia. It appears that Pierre-Edouard Bellemare had tied the game, and the officials ruled a good goal on the ice. However, there would be a video review. The would-be tying goal was seen as a distinct kicking motion and wiped off the board with seven minutes left in regulation.

But with 4:04 left on the clock, Paul Stastny beat Delia to square the score at three.

Neither team was able to score over the final four minutes and the Hawks would head to overtime once again.

Shots were 33-23 in favor of Vegas after 60 minutes of hockey. Delia was good, with some help from his posts on a number of occasions. The posts didn’t help the Blackhawks, however.

The Blackhawks controlled the puck off the faceoff to start overtime and were able to get a full change before Vegas could change skaters. The Hawks held the puck for the first 60 seconds of overtime until Marc-Andre Fleury was able to freeze the puck and get his teammates a change.

Off the next faceoff, the Knights got the puck (finally) and took advantage. Shea Theodore turned on the jets and got around Carl Dahlstrom, who appears to make the final contact with the puck that slid through Delia and into the net to lose the game for the Hawks.

Toews skated 22:24 and won 12 of 17 faceoffs in the game with one assist. Kane had one goal and one assist in 21:19 in the loss. DeBrincat scored twice 19:06 and finished tied with Duncan Keith for the team lead with five shots on net.

That’s right. Duncan Keith had five shots on net.

Keith skated 25:47 and Gustafsson was on the ice for 25:41 in which he picked up two more assists. They were the only two Blackhawks defensemen over 20 minutes in the game.

72 thoughts on “DeBrincat Scores Twice But Vegas Comes Back To Beat Blackhawks

  1. Still makes me laugh their roster is fixed.

    Holding on 15 when their guy in front of net. They let them get away with hold/interfernce on 19 when in front of net and pass going to him. Thats the momemtum of the 3rd period right there.

    No worrys, that 11 of 15 games we played good, and good/better for top 6 pick. We still can go 25-15 in the 2nd 40 when we play good (and thats without a full roster). MIN/DAL/EDM/VAN teams not going anywhere, could make playoffs going 25-15. 7 and 8 seed are up for grabs, entire 2nd half of season. Tuff to do it though, with not getting PPs when were taken down like 19 was.

    PP is good since Strome. Whats the % since we got Strome. Cant wait until we get a deeper roster. Some of the guys great performances will stand out more. This game was a 3-1, maybe 3-2 win.

  2. 19/56/88 played the first 30 seconds of OT. Then it was 2/12/20 for the next 30 ending in a face-off in Las Vegas end. I was thinking we need that draw so come right back with 19/56/88 but instead it was 24/63/64. Kampf lost it and then Dahlstrom got beaten for speed and that was it. Questionable decisions.

    Tough loss, but no matter. The effort is a lot better as is the process and those are the things that matter right now. PP looked terrific. 28 looked uncomfortable on his off side though.

  3. Didn’t mind the game. Entertaining good hockey. We can see our deficiencies and only pick up a point to stay near the bottom. Must keep playing to the 19:59 mark of each period. Fourth line out played by their fourth line. Horsemen coming.

  4. Again with the loser point. Can we please stop picking up the loser point – either win the game because it’s fun when the Hawks win or lose the game in regulation because it’s not fun when they lose and annoying when they lose and still hurt our draft position.

    Dahlstrom having a tough stretch here lately. He seems to get caught flat footed a lot lately. Not good.

    Can #14 go back to the press box please.

  5. Some random thoughts-
    Gus is stronger than I thought
    Kahun (sorry Hull 65) better than I thought
    Toews (as pointed out by some before) is off his feet and on his ass a lot
    When you stop working against the Knights you are screwed
    Dahlstrom struggled tonight
    Kaner is amazing
    D-Cat can score-a few people chuckled when I said he could score 40 in this league-well I did say under optimal conditions-playing on a good power play, and on a good line-he has 23 already and spent a lot of the time on an average line-(I don’t think he will get 40 this year-but perhaps 35)

  6. Jordy – good point about questionable to play 24/63/64 – well mainly 63 because OT is all about puck possession and speed and Dahlstrom does not have speed. A better 3rd option behind Gustafsson and Keith would be Jokiharju who isn’t a blazer either but he’s quicker and faster than Dahlstrom.

    I don’t get the bromance JC has with Kampf. Kampf can’t finish. Maybe the plan was for Kampf to win the draw and then quickly get replaced but that plan went out the window when he didn’t win the draw.

  7. ER, we deserved to win this game in regulation 3-1/or 3-2. Otherwise yea lets get that top 6 pick, while playing good the 2nd 40 games.

    That was defiantly kicking motion.
    The player angled his skate to bank it in at first, but then also adjusted his heel and turned the heel a little more, to angle it-even better, before the puck got there. You could see on the normal motion replay, that slight jerk by that camer in the heel of skate. What a dink acting like he didnt do it on purpose. Thats the karma that team will get for getting gifted a fixed exp draft and then acting like that. You could see it in his eyes, he was acting. What a camer.

  8. Probably best 1st period of the season, not sure why Dahlstrom out in ot either. Thats why getting the young fast dmen in pipeline is important, have fast defence to match the forward speed of top teams. Will make a big difference for sure. PP looking top notch, nice to see bodies in motion as they enter the Ozone. Need to make sure when changing lines the puck goes in deep, causing alot of scoring chances the other way.

    Prospects: Chl
    Hagel 3g 2a
    Boqvist 1a

    Ncaa
    Foo 1g 1a
    Mitchell 1g
    Olofsson 2a
    Coughlin 1a
    Starrett 1a
    Krys back in BU lineup tonite

    Ushl
    Slavin 1a

  9. Not sure I would have put Dahlstrom out there w/out 19. He was fighting it tonight. He’s been a solid defenseman but nights like Saturday are part of the learning curve in the NHL. And I think the coaching change will allow this to be part of a learning experience for Dahlstrom; Q might have sat him until February.

  10. When you stop working against the Knights you are screwed.

    Thats what TOR did which enabled BOS to beat them.

  11. What happened to Strome that he was replaced by Krueger on the second line? And yes Dahlstrom was terrible tonight, he might want to actually check someone every now and then. Because this is a learning year we will have games like this but they also need to make changes when needed, players and coaches,

  12. Jordy & Ebony – great point re Dahlstrom Kampf Kahun out for the 3on3. Terrible use of personnel by the coach.

    Speaking of the coach, whoever pointed out re the coach being obsessed w Kampf, agree. He is a top flight 4th liner, that’s it. He has no offensive skillset. Would Vegas trade minor leaguer all of last year and most of this year Pirri for Kampf? Or a few other forwards on the Hawks?

    Case closed.

  13. Good point Al – you’d expect Strome out there before Kampf

    Not in love with Delia’s game tonight – looked a bit shakier than usual and although a tough break on OT goal I thought he should have had it

    I’m still bullish on Delia but with CC in net I think we win that game in regulation

    Like Dahlstrom it’s a learning curve with Delia and for me that OT goal was a bit on the nose

  14. When Crow came back first so many games he was lights out. Then had a few off games and then settled back in and was good for awhile.

    Maybe the press/being in the highlight, threw him off a little. Good to get that stuff out of the way now/some next yr. So if he is really our goalie for the future, it will be in the past.

    64 can be a really good 4th line center going forward. Its fine he gets experience now when it doesnt matter that much. Its kind of like when 67 was on 3rd at first and tried on 2nd line center. When were deep Frozal was on 4th line checking line. Same with Kampf.

  15. The practice is for teams to use 3 different fwd pairs and 3 dmen in ot. Kampf has struggled this year on faceoffs as center of a checking line who should be a go to guy for fos. But other with some speed options besides overplaying Toews and not have him available for Dzone draw is maybe Kruger who can win a big draw. Kampf could also do himself a favor by creating some net front presence too when he is out there.
    Team speed is an issue that still needs improved and should be addressed in offseason.

  16. Let Dahlstrom play to find out if he will make a regular 3rd pairing next season.

    Detroit, AZ, and LA won, so the Hawks did not hurt their draft position tonight.

    Like what I see with 91. Made nice passes, good PK, fights for the puck, and skates well.

  17. I still want Saad – Toews – DCat as a line (it worked well at the start of the year)

    Kahun is progressing nicely but he’s a 3rd line player really and the current 3rd line with Saad on it is not producing anyway so instead of spreading out the scoring the scoring is being limited

    Saad with 19 and 12 gives you 2 legit scoring lines – the other 2 lines rarely score so don’t waste Saad there

  18. Not much to add- this game, against a much better team, show we CAN compete….maybe not for a full 60 mins yet?! With that 9 days off over allstar break- I hope JC ( isn’t that the initials of some other really famous guy?!) uses the game films to his advantage:
    – show the clips where Hayden is on the ice as examples of how to finish a check!! I don’t understand the guys who slow down, slide in backwards to the guy on the boards and rub him gently with his bum?! that’s NOT a check!
    – show Seabrook repeatedly making clearing passes out of his own end… icing? Right on the opposing players stick? Nowhere near a Hawk? I find his “D” zone play inexplicably lazy
    – do speed skating drills… and ALL the guys you’ve just mentioned that are painfully slow ( eg. Dahlstrom!) DO NOT play them in OT- EVER!
    – show those priceless moments in the D-zone when guys are standing around like pilons watching the other team pass, shoot, score at will- poor Delia, not a chance
    – speaking of Delia… great film review teaching moments- DO NOT touch the puck behind the net !!! You pass it to the other team 9 times out of 10!
    – put Duncan Keith 20 feet in front of a net, no goalie, and let him shoot pucks until he hits the net 3 times in a row. Insert goalie and repeat drill…OMG how do you miss the net THAT wide open and THT close???
    We can beat teams like Vegas, like Calgary, like Nashville- but we have to play a full 60 mins the way it spears they CAN play!
    GO Hawks

  19. Someone mentioned this early about some players that are really good at east-west hockey-like Kane and Debrincat (Kane is all world because with his vision and ability to shift gears– he can play with just about anyone- will he be happy is the other question?–Strome can move well east-west

    Saad is your classic north-south and I’m not sure he is a fit with Debrincat. Actually I’m not convinced that Saad isn’t part of a third line/energy line. Ever since I saw him play as a 17 year old in the OHL going end to end and sweeping by the defenseman he hasn’t adjusted his game much and the NHL has gotten much faster and his speed isn’t as noticeable anymore. He was a man playing against kids in the ‘O’. He isn’t a pure goal scorer-he projects this year to about 43 points

    the question becomes is he top 6 and if he isn’t can you have a 6 million dollar player on the third line?

  20. Good post Noonan. Saad plays hard, kills penalties, battles, but almost never finishes.
    Caggiula touch pass by Kampf to Saad, all alone on Fluery and stopped. It would have put the Hawks up by three at that point. Instead, just another prime chance that ended in whistle.

    Is that a $6 Million forward ? For now Stan thinks so.

    Strome looks he hit a wall or has flu like symptoms. Extremely low energy last night, really dragging, shaking his head repeatedly on the bench.

  21. Does anyone know what happened to Strome. Was he hurt or did JC not like the way he was playing? His absence was noticeable in the 3rd period. Also anyone ever think of Saad paired with Strome and Kane. Thoughts on that?

  22. Dahlstrom… I think he was trying to do his best impersonation of Seabrook out there… fell down several times – while trying to “recover” from bad reads…

    Any word on Strome???

  23. Ori6, OTT won 2 and PHI won a game recently, after losing 8 in a row/now FLR/RAGS losing 5 in a row. DET/NWJ/ ARI/LA won a game like you said so it been close with 5 teams.

    Still think there will be around 6 teams then a gap to the others during 2nd 40 games.

    OTT-COL 7
    PHI-7
    LA-7
    CHI-6
    DET-6
    gap
    NWJ-3
    ARI-1 (was at 4)

  24. Want to post that most here are respectable and respected to each when posting. people get pissed from time to time so its really a good group here.

  25. Saad is kind of an enigma. He played very well as the third guy with Toews and Hossa a few years back probably because his game fits that type of play better than a Kane type play. The problem is that even with Toews improved play this season he still isn’t as dominant as he was a few years ago and the main problem is we don’t have anyone that comes close to replacing Hossa. Saad is essentially the same player but he isn’t in the same advantageous situation. I think he can be a $6M player in a better situation but he isn’t going to get that on the Hawks this season. The Hawks either have to find a Hossa replacement or find a team that can use Saad better than the Hawks can. Maybe acquiring a Kapanen or drafting a Kakko would be enough to squeeze $6M value out of Saad?

  26. Saad is at his best when he takes the puck hard to the net – bulling his way past and through defenders – he hasn’t been doing that lately but I still think he does that best with Toews

    With him I think he needs complimentary line mates – he’s not going to create a lot on his own or drive a line so he’s wasted IMO with Kampf especially – Toews knows how to get him the puck and I think Dcat could too

  27. John Polega (faxes from inclement Dale!) nailed it:
    “- The next time someone says RE-SIGN PANARIN, show them the clip of that goal and ask “Why?” The Hawks have a younger, cheaper, more defensively responsible version of Panarin on the team right this second and he’s 5’6”- Alex DeBrincat -His game-opening goal was an absolute masterpiece
    – Because seriously, Artem Anisimov sucks…
    – As Fels keeps saying, the Brain Trust and Coach Cool Youth Pastor are eventually going to have to tell Seabrook “It’s not us, it’s you.” Putting Jokiharju on his off side to accommodate “Porkins” isn’t going to help Harju’s development in any way, shape, or form, and it should not be considered again after tonight- Asking him to cover for “Fatso” while on his off side is simply asking too much.
    – If Erik Gustafsson ever decides to even feign defensive responsibility, he can be something special. His assist on Kane’s goal gave him an assist in eight straight games, something that hasn’t been done since Keith in 2013. He’s catching up to Chelios and Pilote in that little stat race, and while no one will ever mistake him for Chelios or Pilote, there is something there.”

    And I meant to mention this last game but it we truly want to be a world class organization through and through- dump the brutal play-by-play guys! They get names wrong? Their inane filler comments are stupid- and add zero value!!

  28. Wrap, I think to we simply do not have 9 top 9 FW, last yr and this yr. Next year we might/will be closer if not and then from season 21 and on we will.

    So we cant have 1st and 2nd line good and a 3rd as well. or have 3 balanced lines because we just do not have enough top 9 guys. I mean the guys can play and do good against other top teams but its not fair for them to have to play that hard just to do so. Each guy is good at what their good at. Thats not their fault.

  29. So yea we should do the better 1st and 2nd lines and not balanced lines for some games/awhile to see how the players work together on the line,

    Even though other teams will stack their top pair and checking line againt them, lets see how they work together on the line.

    Its like going head to head, when we were deep in 2013. Thats how good out top line was 20/19/81 didnt score as much but outscored other teams top line.

    We should do it, for awhile, to see because were going to be deep in a yr having moar good top 9 players will balance the lines.

  30. Colliton said there was nothing wrong with Strome, Kruger was gaving a goid game and wanted to give him more ice time.
    Agree Saad had a great opportunity on the 91 to 64 setup, but watch how long it took the puck to get to him, looked impressive but nowhere near as effective as it looked. Trading Saad is fine but who replaces him and his role is the question. Maybe there is someone but we haven’t saw anybody else with a 2way 200 ft. speed game to replace him lately.

  31. Wrap good point on Saad. He used to drive the line, which ever one he was on. Q always said he did. So what do we need.

    We need 9 top 9 guys and then you have enough players to compliment each other, so they can play how good they really are. I can see Saader fyling around out there making and taking good passed from whoever a beating the goalie with moves/not shot or it creates a rebound that any player can put in.

  32. Someone asked why we need Panarin? Just ask Patrick Kane, I bet he would be very quick to answer that one.

  33. Why is TAM and TOR so good (at OFF) they have more then one of those guys.

    TAM has 2 elite FWs and 5 really good ones. 7
    TOR has 3 elite FWs and 2 really good ones. 5
    NAS has 1 elite FW and 3 really good ones. 4 (but top D group)
    WIN has 3 elite FWs and 3 really good ones. 6
    SAN has 0 elite FW and 5 really good ones. 5 (but a top D group)

    CHI has 2 elite FWs and 2 really good ones. 4

    We need to add with Sharpys caphit we traded, Hosss caphit we traded to get back where we were. Then were at that top 5 team status roster wise. Not a bunch of balanced players.

    What TOR doesnt have, like BOS, is a good Defense. TAM does, for now (theres 3 players they need to give very large raises)(so does TOR).
    We have lots of very good Defensemen already on the way. Buckaroo is proof, these guys Are going to be good.

  34. Read some funnys elsewhere.
    For those who thought 12 wasnt ready at start of season/rookie yr.

    Boy that novelty act DeBrincat sure can’t score in the NHL.
    Too small
    can’t skate, McDavid’s wagon

  35. Mo coulda been for defense late in game. That lines numbers for surpressing scoring chances haven’t been good,

  36. The problem I have with playing Kruger in Strome’s place to protect the lead is that you’re just signaling to both teams that you’re in ‘Kitty bar the door’ mode – that you’re not going to defend by playing in the other teams zone because Kruger doesn’t do that – not really, whereas Strome can create chances and have the opposition defend rather than constantly playing in the Hawks end

    The Hawks had were out chanced 12-1 in the 3rd last night – that’s why they lost the lead

    Plus the idea that the Hawks can lock it down defensively at any time flys in the face of reality – they should be pushing, pressuring the other team even with a lead – that’s the way this team can close out games not sitting back – that’s inviting disaster

  37. Full disclosure – I am and always have been a big fan of Saad. My reason is simple in that he busts his butt far more often than not. My personal motto has always been about being the best you can be as a teammate and athlete, regardless of your limitations. We can’t all be Wayne Gretzky, but we all can try hard and be true teammates. In that, we can be true to ourselves.

    I’ve enjoyed reading the comments on this thread about Saad and how people feel, such as Wrap and ER’s posts. Oddly, Mo hit the nail for me with his 10:21 post. It was simple and spot on. We do not have the talent on our team to fill 3 solid NHL caliber lines right now. Thus, we rob Peter to pay Paul with our lines. Flipping Saad and Dcat made sense and I believe should be a longer term change, at least until we get an influx of offensive talent, which doesn’t figure to happen until the off season. Saad can easily flip back to Toews’ line, but right now that doesn’t do much for us in the long term. We need to establish a work ethic for a third line, and I think he makes a good role model for that type of line member: bust your butt, be responsible and a PITA defensively, and score when you can. $6m is too much for that, yes, but it is what we have right now. I like Kampf and Caggiula with him because of their similar work habits, habits needed to be an effective shutdown line. You saw them at the start of each period because that is what JC wants them to do, check and shut down the opponent. He doesn’t want that to be JT’s line’s role any more.

    It’s nice to read the good discussions. Tab – spot on about Kane’s needs. We can fill a need with the Panarin money – maybe he can be that needed player, but I think we have 3 more months to see fully what we have and what we need. I also think Tab was correct with the comment about the coaching change allowing for player development to happen (specifically Dahlstrom in his post) instead of doghouse usage as instruction. By now the vets realize what is going on with the team this year. If they don’t like and don’t want to get onboard, then walk into Bowman’s office and waive the NMC clause so we can get you out of here. See previous comments about being a good teammate.

    For those that frequent the game not as season ticket holders – I have found one of the most instructive areas from which to watch a game is the end zones, upper deck. You get a great view of the game as it develops, seeing who has proper gaps or is out of position defensively, who cheats, who has the work ethic you want on your team and who really does have the speed. Consider grabbing some seats up there and watch the players instead of the puck. Take in what a beautiful game it can be, and how ugly it can look when things are not in sync.

    Thanks to all for a great board. And thanks to Tab.

  38. Yea we donot have enough good D FWs to play that way for half a period.

    They called 15 for something when their guy was at net, they let them get away with taking down 19 in front of net, those were exact same thing.
    That would be 2min PP and momen after for a bit. That right there msaybe 4 more chances for us and 4 less for them. So where 12-1 looks lopsided, it should have been 8-5 them. That might be more manageable to D it out half of 3rd.

    Still though, we should practice this yr and next, to be ready for 21 season, how to play with lead both ways. Keep attacking, but safer way. Donot sit back that much.

  39. Nice to see Anthony DuClair got his 10th goal today. We couldn’t have used him? Still don’t know why we didn’t.

  40. Greyhawk, do not despair. Duclair has 15 points in 39 games. He has very good speed and a decent stick-handler, but his play away from the puck is below average. He wears 91. I like our new acquisition who wears 91 more.

  41. Kahun better than what, a 4th line player? Let’s get serious, no one understands the love affair with Kampf and Kahun. Kampf may become a 4th line centre next season, Maybe? Can’t score and clueless offensively.
    By having KAHUN on the 1st line ahead of SAAD or anyone for that matter tells us all we need to know about this week roster. But JC’s 3 0n 3 choice was idiotic last night. And the DELIA hype needs to slow down. He is a back up or an AHL goalie.
    71 % on faceooffs last night for Danault against Mckinnon most of the game, Oh yes, he was the first star as well!
    Question: When was the last time Bowman actually won a hockey trade? What year was that? Kahun in the AHL wpuld not get more than 10 goals. Yet, he gets to play with TOEWS while SAAD is stuck with Kampf and CAGG!

  42. Question: When was the last time Bowman actually won a hockey trade? What year was that?
    Answer-twice this hockey year-one 2018, the other 2019

  43. Let’s get serious, no one understands the love affair with Kampf and Kahun.

    Love affair is too strong a word but what actually bugs you is quite a few people understand their value

  44. Prospects Chl
    Gravel 33 saves on 38 shots 2nd star loss
    Entwistle 2a
    Boqvist +1 3 shots
    Kurashev rough one -3 9 of 22 fos

    Ushl Hakkarainen 2a

    Europe
    Nalimov 30 saves 31 shots win
    Soderlund 1g 1a
    Shalunov 1g
    Galvas 2bs 18 mins
    Nordgren still injured.

  45. All season rookie Joki plays his natural right side….plays his natural right side at the Juniors for Finland, but yet last night played on his left side where he obviously struggled? Why JC? The COACH Q strategy? Everyone plays their wrong side?
    Keith JOKI
    GUTSA SEABS
    DALS(KOOKOO) MURPHY
    Simple solution JC!!!!
    Don’t try to reinvent the wheel JC unless you have BOBBY ORR or BOBBY HULL on your team!

  46. Forward situation could look quite different next season. With a number of pipeline prospects likely to provide stiff competition along with fa signing(s), maybe a couple from Rockford plus possibility of an Nhl ready draft pick. The only spots not up for competition may be 19,88 and 12.

  47. Ian. Nice to see Soderlund on the scoresheet. He has had a down year. Hopefully he gets it going here in the last few months.
    Krys back for BU last night. He too must salvage his season. Injuries have kept him from being a presence on BU. Team not doing so well. Needs to finish up strong.

    It will interesting where Haikarrainen ends up. He dominates the USHL and he should, he’s playing against young kids. Haikarrainen only wants to play hockey. He already bailed on the NCAA. Wonder if he jumps straight to the AHL next year.

    Davidson sent down so Keukkouk is staying up with the Hawks. We need to see what he can do for 15 games. But at who’s expense ?

  48. Yea, the good stuff is coming next yr and yr after.

    How Shalunov doing this yr. Any better then last two yrs or maintaining.

    last yr 46 games 20/20 40 pts
    this yr 42 games 13/7 20 pts?

    Whats up with that.

  49. Kurashev

    65 games 21/33 54 pts
    59 games 19/41 60 pts

    already has as many goals as last two yrs. Hes ready.
    35 games 18/25 43pts

  50. Ian – the competition for forward spots will be nice to see. Hard to imagine more than two rookie forwards making the team but there should be quite a battle for spots. Many will end up in Rockford which should greatly improve the talent on the Hogs and overall organization depth.

  51. Mo, Shalunov had a real slow start this year but seems to be finding his game lately.
    Toews could end up between 20 and 91 as his line after some prospects develop and are ready and see what draft brings to give 12 some legit linemates. Kampf a good option to matchup against top lines and Toews a better offensive option this season. Could see something like that if Strome able to fill Anisimov role with Kane and Panarin if signed. Some good options there.

  52. Regarding – Soderlund

    He struggled with his “New” team this year…. supposedly asked to be traded back to Old team… since trade – I believe he is averaging over a point per game?

    Interesting… don’t know SHL well enough… but is it systems/O r his role that has changed?

    Over a point per game is excellent in SHL

  53. Wow, you are comparing Sikura, Kahun, Cagg to Larmer, the Roadrunner, Kane, Hossa, Ovi. That is really funny.
    And by the way, ovbiously you do not deserve to be on this blog with your rascist remarks, pretty sad using that language. Again, not sure about your references to those other guys who I am sure had good ideas and comments about hockey not about being rascists.
    I guess you have nothing intelligent to say about the sport of hockey or about other great cultures around the world. Maybe that Wall your presidebt is building is too close to your house. I will stikc to hockey, hockey history, hockey stats that don’t lie while you enjoy doing whatever you do.

  54. Craig was hoping to see Hakkarainen against higher competition this year but hopefully this year allows him to get more accustomed to smaller ice plus off language and lifestyle issues too. Another potential depth center, Rockford might be the spot next year.

    Wall yeah in 3 games with former team, Soderlund has 1g and 2a, 3pts.

  55. Just looking around; several teams have quite a bit of cap space; not that I expect teams to spend to the cap. Does cap space increase as the season goes on?

  56. Recliner it works 2 ways, your only responsible for caphit remaining, in other words if it is a 4m caphit at midseason only 2m is what an acquiring team is responsible for. At deadline roughly 20% of hit is all the space needed, 1m capspace at start of season could cover a 5m hit at deadline if team is not using ltir.
    Also a daily calculation for teams not using ltir space and under cap limit is done to show how much space you gain each day is the change you see. If your looking at capfriendly the deadline space is considerably higher for that reason.
    If using ltir the cap space or hit doesn’t change or accrue as it is called during season and space for full hit is needed to acquire a player.

  57. Thanks Ian. So at the deadline Kunitz theoretically would be a 200,000 cap hit on another team….I’d wager he doesn’t waive his no trade clause.

    Wonder if Ward will. Many teams are in the market for a goalie; however at a glance not many teams have a totally expendable backup for a trade deadline “maybe a starter” acquisition. I’m not sure what teams have the ability to move a goalie back to the minors at this point, or are willing to lose one of their top two. Toronto and Colorado are the only two to come to mind.

    anyway I was looking around at players the Blackhawks traded away. JOAKIM NORDSTRÖM is another one who hasn’t seemed to pan out. Maybe it’s just their drafting that stinks.

  58. @ Recliner:

    If you’re using Joakim Nordstrom as an example of bad drafting, that’s not bad drafting that’s a bad example.

    Witness: Nordstrom was a 3rd round pick of the Blackhawks in 2010. He has been in the NHL consistently since 2014 and at last count has played in well over 300 NHL games.

    That’s pretty good drafting to pluck a useful NHL caliber player out of the 3rd round.

  59. Agree Row A – you see lots of Hawk picks throughout the NHL – not necessarily stars but having a career all the same – even Pirri is still having in there

    Stan and the Hawks have done a good job drafting despite not having 1st rounders some year and low 1st rounders others years and occasionally no 2nd rounder either

  60. Ian (ER/Ernie before), for always answering people unknowns, not every body been here from the start.

    Good on you.

  61. Nice pass Kahun! Get this guy off the ice please! An AHL player playing on a NHL PP.
    Rather see CAGG in this case. JC has no clue.

  62. Happy for Seabs!!! Great player, great leader. SHARP could still play right wing with TOEWS! He can skate!
    Now can the JETS retire number 9 again please! There are no Jets without the Golden Jet! Come on !

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