Decision Deadline Coming For Radke, Press

The Blackhawks have one week to make a decision about the future of two recent draft picks.

Radke, 20, completed his third season with the Barrie Colts in the OHL with 23 goals and 13 assists in 45 games. Injuries slowed him down with Barrie, and ultimately ended his season. He signed a PTO contract with Rockford in March 21 but was shut down for the remainder of the season because he required shoulder surgery one week later.

Press, 22, left Djurgårdens in the SEL after 11 games to come to North America. He posted two goals and eight assists in 30 games with Indy in the ECHL and appeared in nine games with Rockford.

16 thoughts on “Decision Deadline Coming For Radke, Press

  1. All these guys are late rounders. Doesn’t appear the talent is there to make a difference.

  2. Doesn’t mean they can’t play and make a difference in the league. Panarin was undrafted. Wheres he at talent wise?

  3. Bondra was drafted out of Europe, then came to North America. Because he was playing in Europe when he was drafted his rights are held for 4 years. He would have to be signed by June 1, 2019 before his rights are relinquished

  4. As mentioned Radke had a tough year and hard to evaluate. If it wasn’t for his size it would be an easy decision. He can shoot (saw it last year) but again he skates more like Morin than Stalberg, and in todays’ NHL skating wins especially if you aren’t a shut down guy.
    Don’t know about Press.

  5. Nothing against any prospect or pro but we ned this tackle and go fast style/guys. Those are the teams that are doing well in this new playoff officiating the last two yrs. The top 5 teams (WAS/SAN/CHI) and the bigger and physical teams (ANA/STL/BOS) donot do good the last two yrs/benefit from being a top 5 team or getting away with holding penatlys.

    Its the top 5-10 teams (PIT/NAS) that are good that benefit the most from tackling and doing penaltys regularly to generate shots/scoring chances that have done good/won in these last two yrs. The teams that have more of a mix of some skill, not as deep/or as good as top 5 teams and play dirty/cheat regularly that/but benefit from this new officiating style of the league.

    So we need to adjust roster with top core in hockey and a many tackle and go fast/skating style guys we can. Keep drafting and bring up young and fast guys as well.

  6. We need to draft players with size and speed. Enough of smurfs like HINNESTROZA and DEBRINKAT…way too small…

  7. And we need to trade away bad contracts like ANISIMOV and KRUGER for someone like EVANDER KANE.
    Build a younger defence with size and mobility to compliment KEITH, SEABROOKE, and HAMMER!!
    Add NEIMI as a back up goalie. Most importantly, draft a skilled and gritty skating left winger ( a la SAAD or EVANDER KANE)

  8. oh, and fire MARK KELLEY and BOWMAN if they draft players under 6′ tall and please draft a CANADIAN player!!!

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