It’s Go Time For Carl Dahlström

On Thursday morning, The Athletic published a fun column from Corey Pronman listing one prospect to watch in each NHL training camp. With expectations that Dylan Sikura make an impact offensively similar to what Alex DeBrincat provided last year, the easy assumption was that he would be the guy for Chicago.

But it wasn’t. Pronman went with defenseman Carl Dahlström instead.

Here’s what Pronman had to say about the hot Carl:

A lot of Chicago’s top prospects are younger and thus a bit away from NHL time, so the guys to watch are from last year’s Rockford team and Dahlstrom was one guy who consistently caught my eye. He’s never going to fool you for an impact guy, his offense is mediocre at best, but he’s big and mobile, and I think he has the skillset to play NHL minutes. He’s getting up there in age, though, so it’s now or never for the former second-round pick in 2013.

Dahlström made his NHL debut last year, appearing in 11 regular season games. He was credited with six hits and nine blocked shots and averaged 17:31 on the ice in those contests.

There’s a lot to like about Dahlström. He skates well and has good size; he’s listed at 6-4 and 231 pounds. He saw a fair amount of penalty kill time (1:46 per night) in his limited NHL run last year and could be an asset at the NHL level this season if he can provide the type of physical play over 81 games that we saw in 11 last year.

90 thoughts on “It’s Go Time For Carl Dahlström

  1. He was looking like a bust his first couple years after he was drafted, but has come along nicely in the last two years to get back on the prospect radar. The jury is still out, however, whether he can ever be more than a fringe NHL defender.

    It is a case in point to be patient with the younger prospects we have. Some of them take developmental steps later (21-23 yrs old) after not looking so good initially. I saw Dahlstrom at a prospect camp when he was younger, and other than being big, he looked like the worst defender out there, getting burned time and again.

    He has come a long way but the jump to the NHL is the longest one to make.

  2. Jeez … just when my crystal ball is becoming less foggy on the future d-corps – Pronman comes along and gives it a shake like a snow globe and leaves me scratching my prognostication.

    I thought Dahlstrom looked OK in his limited appearance last season but I’m not sure if that opinion was influenced relative to the other d-men’s play – kind of a tallest midget contest. The fact that he’s big and isn’t a lumbering skater makes him worth some patience, I suppose.

  3. I’m looking forward to him this season. But what’s his actual future with the actual hawks
    Can he beat Gustafsson, manning or Rutta for a consistent spot in the lineup night in and out. Is he a better option then davidson as a number 7. Or would it help him to spend more time in rockford.
    I honestly don’t know how to approach him. I like his size and skating showed some offensive skills in spurts. Would love to see more physicality from him though.

  4. “He’s never going to fool you for an impact guy, his offense is mediocre at best…” So where would a guy with this king of assessment end up on any NHL roster? Bottom 3 pairing? Shutdown defender role? The Hawks need top pair or shutdown defender talent. If he doesn’t fit as a top 4 or shutdown defender, is he really going to make this roster better right now?

  5. Miroslav there was obviously a void last year with a defensive zone start shutdown pair. The signing of Manning and pto of Davidson show they want to improve there and Dahlstrom could be part of the solution.
    Agreed someone to play top pairing with Keith would be good but maybe knowing they have the answers coming and will be there when ready to contend again is enough. Wasting picks and prospects on stop gap solutions may not be best way to go. Waiting and doing best you can without giving up too much is right way.

  6. He is NOT fast or quick… ironically- he always seemed to Join rush or dive into slot for Grade A’s (like Seabrook used to)– in Rockford (several games I saw)…

    Ironic- cuz- he is tagged as “stay at home guy”… but actually seemed to have knack of knowing when to “dive” into O side… kinda like TvR used to join many odd mans- with limited speed???

  7. One of the words we’ve heard Q use often over the years is “predictability”. He places high importance on knowing how consistently a player will perform from shift to shift and game to game – probably to the point he would rather have a consistent player who is less talented than an inconsistent player who is more talented. That might be were a player like Dahlstrom (or Hillman) has an advantage with Q over players like Gustafsson and Rutta. Both Gustafsson and Rutta showed they were more talented than Dahlstrom and Hillman but neither of them were so-called “predictable”. If Gustafsson and Rutta improve their consistency there’s probably no room or reason to give Dahlstrom and Hillman a promotion from Rockford – if they don’t we’ll probably see both Dahlstrom and Hillman play for the Hawks this season.

  8. The development of Dahlstrom or Hillman is very important. We have the market cornered on small, puck moving defensive prospects and the odds are that one or more of these guys will work out well. What we don’t have is guys with size and good mobility to eat minutes in a more defensive role. Hopefully Murphy will continue to develop into that role and if Dahlstrom (or Hillman) can play at the NHL level I will feel much better about the defense going forward.

  9. Big body, but kind of punches below his weight. I would rate him making it as a stretch although will be happy to be proven wrong.

  10. I always took Predictability to mean the player was reading the play accurately, assessing where to go, so that his other teammates also knew what his positioning would be, either offensively or defensively.

    One of Hartman’s problems with the Hawks, for example, is he would lose his head and wander way out of position creating problems and breakdowns. Q does not have much patience for that and he shouldn’t, as it is not a hallmark of winning teams.

  11. Hereismike: I could be wrong but I thought it was more of a Q-speak thing where he meant that he could count on the player to be consistent – as in he (Q) was able to predict what he would get out of player because that player was consistent. The “reading the play accurately” and “assessing where to go”, if done consistently, would be part of Q being able to predict the level of play he would get on a consistent basis from the player.

  12. I wonder if this is some form of ‘window dressing’ to make Dahlstrom more desirable to other teams. I don’t see his path to the current roster because the glass ceiling has Murphy, Seabrook, Rutta, etc. standing on it so he’s got to be way better than them to justify a roster spot. I liked him in his limited time last year but I think he’s a long shot at a roster spot. Now if Seabrook were to agree to a crazy trade to a bottom-feeding below-cap team……

  13. I think it’s just Corey trying to show he’s smarter then all the other prospect evaluators

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dahlstrom in CHI as an injury fill in sometime during the season and maybe maybe he impresses enough to force someone out and therefore stay up but frankly I’d be shocked if he made the team to start the season unless there are injuries in camp

    I think Jokiharju is a better choice for prospect to watch

  14. Keep in mind if the Hawks get off to a sluggish start, the Coach might be Jeremy Colliton by New Years. He knows guys like Dahlstrom better than Q.

    On a different (and much more important note), the propaganda machine is in high gear telling us that Crawford will be ready. Hmmmm. I’m not a contrarian but I am dubious.

  15. Craig, I thought the same thing after reading McD’s pronouncement. We’ll know within a couple weeks when training camp starts so is McD just covering his ass for not doing something more than signing Ward or does he really know more than the rest of us? If it turns out CC isn’t ready to play it supports my theory that management sees 2018/19 as a rebuilding year and just don’t want to be honest with the fans about it. He can play the “we were blindsided” card.

  16. Propaganda re: Crow is spot on, although I don’t comprehend what that accomplishes. The handling of this situation is absolutely bizarre. It feels more likely that Crow misses substantial time this year than it does that he will be “ready for the season”.

  17. The worrying aspect of the CC situation is I don’t believe anybody knows when he’ll be back including Corey and his medical team not to mention McD, Q or Stan

    Maybe he’ll surprise us and be on the ice to start training camp at 100% but at this point the odds seem against it

  18. Every team’s season by and large is dependent on goal tending. Corey Crawford holds the keys to the team. I’m not too optimistic about Cam Ward, but whatever. The next big question is can Toews rebound? Maybe better question yet what can be done with Toews to help him rebound. I seem to recall them winning games when Toews and Kane were put together. I fully understand the logic of spreading out talent, but that doesn’t mean you can never put them together. They may be pleasantly surprised at how a line can gel.

  19. The future of the Hawks on D is small bodied. This kid is big and that is something needed. Hopefully he can take that next step – hopefully.

  20. Recliner not sure at this point if it is to spread the scoring out. Toews normally is out opposite the top line of opposing team and maybe the thought is Kane can spearhead the offense more effectively against another line.
    Alot of knowledgeable hockey people suggested Toews be more effective playing more on wing, so maybe giving him linemates that allow him to do that some of the time and having more room and less physical strain might be an idea.

  21. MS- spot on re: Dahlstrom & Hillman, keen analysis. One of them will for certain be playing steadily for the Hawks. Possibly both (unless they get the Kempny treatment).

    I will repeat myself once again — with so many D-men on the NHL roster and in the pipeline already, drafting four of them w/ the top two picks the last two drafts was horrendous decision making. Either Bowman made these decisions ultimately on his own, or it was a group decision. Either way, the opposite of shrewd drafting as he did w/ Debrincat when he fell so low. This is why blowing of Veleno after he dropped so many spots was a huge mistake. If you were to tell me Veleno would play five years of steady Bolland-type center for the Hawks, and the Hawks would win one more Cup w/ him, most (if not all of us) would sign off on that immediately. Not to mention he is close to NHL ready.

    Good evening.

  22. Even if Crawford comes back to start the season, odds are he doesn’t last long. He’s most likely, i think, battling concussion syndrome. We know at this point that the more you have had, the more likely you are to get another. So we shouldn’t count on him for anything this year, or maybe ever. With concussions u never know.

    And given all that, there’s this idea: let’s say he’s the old Corey, being stellar into January or so, but we’re still average. At the trade deadline you flip him to a wannabe contender for some future etc, before he goes down again.

  23. Iceman, much like the NFL, the NHL has become a copycat league. You want what the other team has. The point being, I think Stan drafted 4 defensemen after seeing how dominant Nashville was against us in the playoffs. Their team is so reliant on their top 4 (just like the Hawks were in 2015). Also, let’s not mistake quantity for quality.
    With Boqvist, Beaudin, Jokiharju and Mitchell, there is hope that these guys are top 4 defensemen. Guys like Hillman, Gilbert, Tuulola, Carlsson, Krys do not have the same type of ceiling.

  24. On the prospect tournament. I had one eye on the stream while at work this afternoon, I thought Sikura was excellent. Also Lucas Carlsson has really smooth mobility and pivots on the back end. I also thought Boqvist was very good offensively. He loves to carry the puck. He plays to game super fast.
    I will get a chance to watch again tomorrow.

  25. Iceman they obviously felt a need for high end Dmem. This was a draft deep in defense so they drafted accordingly, next years d4aft is deep in forwards, centers specifically and they will likely draft accordingly, makes sense when you look at it from that angle. Now lets hope they got ones who will make an impact.

  26. I’m glad Crow will be back but Bomba agree with you that counting on great goatending from a 34 year old with possible con. syndrome and missing most of a year is a big stretch. Cam is in a decline and will be 35 this year. D, forwards, all great but it starts in the net.
    They need their goalie of the future in the next 12 months.

  27. Noonan in his 1st start Nalimov stopped 29 of 31 shots in a 2 1 ot loss. His play this year is going to be big, as he will be here next season.
    I wish when Bowman or McDonough talked about Crawford they used terms like will be or he is ready. Instead they seem more comfortable with terms like should or expected to be, just doesn’t feel like they coming clean.

  28. Wraparound you quite possibly are right. That bothers me too though, being only days away from camp i would want to know more than should and expect in their position.

  29. everything will be fine with the hawks as long as bowman doesnt trade away any more assets like jhalmarson and panarin and get nothing in return

  30. Correct me if I’m wrong, but in a recent tribune article it sounds like CC hasn’t skated in months…

    How can he be close to returning…?

    I’m preparing myself for the fact that “if” (big if IMO) CC returns he will not be the same CC before his injury…

  31. Joey thats correct he hasn’t been on the ice since Feb i think. Waite said he would need a couple of wks. on the ice to be ready for camp. Hopefully he returns soon but saying he is expected to be ready at this point, makes me wonder what role his training camp physical is going to play in this.

  32. See Kahun is heading back to Germany if he doesn’t make the NHL roster. I wondered why he would demand a European clause and not use it, didn’t make any sense.

  33. I think Kahun has a spot on the NHL roster to lose and judging from what I’m reading about Traverse tourney it seems like he’s got enough game to give himself the opportunity to prove he can play

    I think he breaks camp with the Hawks

  34. Sounds like Fortin also is having a good tournament

    That would be awesome if he proved to be ready to play NHL 3rd line minutes say with AA and Kahun

    maybe I’m dreaming…

  35. still would like to see the blackhawks eat some salary from a team against the cap with a decent draft pick to go along with it. Nice opportunity for them to reverse the role in this situation. Of coruse the salary would most likely have to be this year only.

  36. I think Kahun gets a look to start season too, seems like his choice so he can go back at any point as long as he finds a team that will take him, if Hawks want to move him off NHL roster. Ejdsell in similar position ( may be a transfer agreement with him) so may not be his choice but could go back to Europe if he doesn’t stick with Hawks.

  37. Small sample size– Hilites from Game 1 and 2nd Half of game 2…

    Nic Beaudin- is gonna be a star!!! sees the ice, great instincts, has chemistry with Sikura like 88/72!!!!!!!!!! Best D prospect in system???

    Sikura- stud!!!

    Kahun- reminds me of Versteeg without the brain cramps!!! Guy Is smart, can dangle, very good vision/Instincts/skater

    Fortin– looks way better than in any game I saw him play in Rockford last year

    Edjsell- scored 2 today… guy is sniper… needs to play Wing with guys who can create space and time… deadly shot/hands when he has space… will score 20 + goals playing with 88/8 or 19/Sikura lines… NOT a center

    Kurashev– was good… i think he has a shot to be NHLer someday

    2nd best/noticeable D man– was Lucas Carlsson
    Gilbert was OK

    Joker– did nothing for me… nothing bad… but didn’t get noticed either

  38. Careful about stars-skills are skills, they either have them or not, but as was hounded into me in my early days as a scout (baseball) I was asked to think about two questions-
    1. does that skill project to the highest level against the best (think elite-how does that skill compare to the best like a Roberto Alomar?)
    2. See it again and again -is it repeatable? as some days are better than others.

    In other words be careful what your eyes tell you right away.

  39. Wall wonder if they switch Kahun to wing at all and how he looks. Watching him in the world championships he became alot more effective/noticeable when playing on wing with Draisatil but maybe linemates played the bigger role there too. Winger would seem to be more likely spot for him.

  40. Noonan’s word of caution is correct and I know I’m prone to jump to conclusions, especially if they’re the conclusions I’m hoping for. But … what can I say – I’m a fanatic … a fanatic who’s prognostication batting average ain’t exactly all star caliber.

    But I shan’t be deterred – Kahun will not only make the team but be a bottom-6 staple for years to come.

  41. Like it EB. I think with Kahun there is 2 things to look at; no.1 he wins a spot and stays, which i believe he can do. No.2 if he goes back to Europe and basically gone for the year, are they happy with forward depth without him, in the event of injuries, to make trades etc., to play a skill role.

  42. I’ve kind of lumped Kahun, Kampf and Highmore together as serviceable bottom-6 players who can play both center and wing – throw their names into a hat and pick one. I realize that’s a little unfair having not actually seen Kahun play – but that was my mindset from the reports I had read about him.

    I’ve changed my mind. After seeing him in the first two games at Traverse City, he’s quicker and shiftier than Kampf and Highmore and probably has a bit of an edge in vision and offensive skills too. I’m not claiming he’s a legit top-6 guy, but right now I would put him a notch above Kampf and Highmore and considering at least one, if not two, of Kahun, Kampf and Highmore make the team – that puts Kahun in solid position to make the team in my opinion.

    By the way, Kahun played some PK at Traverse City. His quickness should help him there so if he shows instinct and willingness to play PK that should really solidify his spot on the Hawks.

  43. Recliner, that’s a pretty good idea.
    Have to have enough to bank for cover last yrs/left overs and this yrs bonuses,
    so were free going into the 20 season and on,
    in terms of bonuses.

    Like the stuff you guys are saying about Sikura and Beaudin.
    If Sikura is like another rookie like 12 did, we have two good players in 2 yrs.
    Were on our way then, just need D guys to get to NHL ready
    and we are going to have a sweet roster coming.

    Theres a good reason to have more mobile D guys then big/DD.
    That’s more guys can rotate and jump in in the OFF zone, try to stop that.

  44. Not sure what rock some folks have been under but…When Cam Ward was signed it was because Crow is out of the picture …..period ! Yeah our young D better be ready to perform ,.,.we look like Swiss cheese on the back end . We could use a solid stay at home type D man for sure ,.,all these small offensive minded D rookies will be on a short Q leash .

  45. Good post Wall.
    Beaudin looks fantastic at this level. He is playing like a first rounder.
    Carlsson is really really solid.
    What I also like is Jeremy Colliton is eyeballing all of this. His post game interviews are so analytical. He names names and what they did well. Looking forward to Monday and Tuesday and seeing who stands out.

  46. I like those Colliton interviews too. Bright guy and hopefully a good teaching coach to help prospects work on the parts of their game they need to improve to get to the NHL – guys like Fortin, Johnson, Gilbert and Carlsson.

  47. Craig, not wanting it/not good start 25ish games, coach.
    Thing is the 1st 40 games sch. is harder.
    You add that to Crow not playing/being 100% the normal amount of games which is 30 in 40. We might be 20-20 and still make playoffs going 25-15 2nd 40 games with a 100% Crow. 10-15 over .500 could be 8th seed
    Its tuff, that’s what could happen sch, wise/Crow wise.

    We prob do better then people think/talk.
    What extremely important this yr and last, its to get the young guys NHL ready and established. Then were good again.

  48. I too would like to have another guy like Bolly.
    Danault, Velino? Wise?
    Theres a chance Wise is as good as him.
    Be nice to have 24.

    I would rather have 4 really good Defenseman though, a couple top pair and a couple top 4 guys there.

    We did have 2 an 7 (and 10) before we got the team.
    Now were back to reloading those spots, since those guys are the oldest.

    When NAS was a top5 team, now top2 they had 4 really good D.
    Same with us we had those D (2/7/4/27)

    It just really show how stable 81 makes the 4 lines and how 4 makes the pairings.
    We need to add/draft those spots back again, with quality players like that.
    draft the D sign the FW.

  49. @ Ebony – like your Kahun comments

    My feeling has been that he could provide more than Kampf who I like but as eventually a solid 4C

    With Kahun and AA that’s 2/3 of a 3rd line – it’d be great if someone with a scoring touch could fill the other winger spot

    Maybe Fortin or Edjsell (might be too slow especially partnered with AA)

    If not can Hayden provide some scoring? or maybe Kampf will develop more of a scorer’s touch – he gets chances

    I think Sikura plays top 6 and I think we’ll have a serviceable 4th line with Kruger/Kunitz etc. but that 3rd line is problematic IMO and having a somewhat dangerous 3rd line would be huge

  50. Just having a guy like 15 on the 3rd line center makes the line really good,
    when you got two guys that are good.
    15 isint like 36, it is like having that good a 3rd line center though.
    We were always deep on 3rd line every yr we won/2009-15.

    We need that.

  51. Opening night:
    Debrincat Toews Ejdsell
    Saad Schmaltz Kane
    Sikura Anisimov Kahun
    Kunitz Kruger/ Highmore/
    Kampf Hayden

    Keith Jokiharju
    Gus Seabrook
    Manning Murphy
    Rutta

  52. This is my “going out on a limb” opening night forward lineup:

    DeBrincat-Toews-Fortin
    Saad-Schmaltz-Kane
    Kahun-Anisimov-Sikura
    Kampf-Kruger-Hayden

  53. Forwards do look pretty good, with potential upgrades coming from Europe, CHL and NCAA, add to that what is considered to be a strong forward draft next year.
    Defense and goalies are in a wait and see mode but that can change for the better quickly in a year or two.

  54. Wall and EB just read some comments on Traverse City from Mark Bernard, regarding Jokiharju he was impressed with his battle ability around the net and improved strength. Those were the things that scouts said he needed to improve to take the next step to Nhl. Something to watch for.

  55. No matter what way each of us want/would rather have, with draft picks/prospects for FW or D or G.
    We get what we need by the Finnish line.
    That’s what matters and is a must.

  56. Ian, the comments by Bernard are good to hear. Those things that scouts and pro hockey people look for are not things I tend to “see” – especially not being viewing in person and it’s even harder with TV coverage like at Traverse City which has one center ice camera where it’s near impossible to see what’s going on in the jumble of players in front of the net.

  57. Summer has been quiet since draft. I would still like to see AA moved although there is no reason to give him away so if it takes until the TDL to get good value for him that’s okay too. Let’s fully commit to the future (i.e. 2-3 year forward).

  58. Q has already implied he’s at least going to try Saad-Schmaltz-Kane and I think it’ll work

    Sikura IMO should get first crack as RW with DCat-Toews and I think that’ll stick at least past opening night

    3rd line is vaguer – I am also burning a candle for Fortin – I know it’s a reach but I’ll say Kahn-AA-Fortin (maybe Edjsell)

    4th Line – to start the season Q will go with Kunitz-Kruger although that could change during the season but for opening night the 4th line
    Kunitz-Kruger-Hayden/Kampf (one goes to the Rock or less likely stays as 13th forward)

    Martinsens is the extra FW

  59. They seem pretty high on Ejdsell right now Wrap, thats why i put him there.
    Fortin may get a look but he has a ways to go on depth charts right now, seems more likely a call up in the Hino mode from last season.

  60. If they play Kahun at center could see Ejdsell on the wing with Sikura on a 3rd line together. Then Anismov would be winger with Toews and Drbrincat. Don’t see Ejdsell and Anisimov together.

  61. @ Ian Yeah I don’t really want Edjsell and AA together either but I also think Sikura should be up with Toews – his speed and playmaking could fit very nicely with 12 and 19 giving us a solid top 2 lines

    That leaves what on the 3rd line? If Edjsell makes the team you may be right and AA moves to LW for Kahun to be 3C

    the problem about where to slot Edjsell is mostly about foot speed – Fortin is considerably faster and the Hawks need speed – that’s why I think Fortin has a chance to make the team besides he has a scoring touch as well

    Maybe neither Edjsell or Fortin make the opening day line up – we’ll see

  62. Agree Wrap that Sikura has the tools, i just liken him to Debrincat last season and need at least part of this year on 3rd line to allow him to find his game at NHL level. Ejdsell may be ready to fill that winger spot with Toews and Debrincat better for now.

  63. Guys
    Fortin is an excellent forechecker….
    But his hands… have not caught up to his feet…imo

    Re: THE NEXT BOLLY… i loved and miss all the intangible s bolly brought…

    Very small sample… but Kurashev seems to always show up at just the right times… kid seems to have that knack/bolly like…

    I am really liking this 2018 draft class…
    Haven’t even seen that Nordgren play…
    But his stats and what i read about him…
    Kid seeems to play better with better players… despite lacking size and speed ( kind of euro equivalent of Dcat)

  64. The knock against Kurachev is hasn’t the consustency to be a nhler. Shows up one game and disappears for a couple. Certainly not something that would endear him to coach Q.

  65. As for Sikura needing some NHL transition time a la Dcat last year it shouldn’t be overlooked that Sikura is already 23 and DeBrincat was only 19 last year – that’s a significant difference

    We won’t know for sure until the season starts if Sikura can handle top 6 minutes right away but I think he gets the chance to prove he can because of his skills and his age

  66. Fortin is listed as LW and he does shoot left but he’s played on the right side in Traverse City – he and Sikura have flipped because usually Sikura play of the right side. So – it really doesn’t matter much – both guys can play either side.

  67. Hands haven’t caught up to his feet… So…. Hinostroza with size= an ability to play a bottom 6 checking role. For an undrafted player, I’ll take it.

  68. True Sikura is older but i was thinking more the size and style against bigger more mobile defense. May not be best to throw him in against the leagues top pairs right off, give a chance against 2nd 3rd pairs more to get used to the pro game and more demading schedule. Thats why i think Ejdsell at this point is more ready for a top 6 role.

  69. I agree with the idea of starting Sikura on the 3rd line and letting him find his comfort zone and build some confidence – like DeBrincat and others before him. Plus I’m not sure having DCat and Sikura on the same line as Toews is good for the long term success of Toews because neither DCat or Sikura are going to win the puck off the boards from 90% of the NHL players they will be up against. We know DCat is willing but winning one on one physical battles is not his strong suit. We don’t yet know how willing Sikura is to stick his nose in it and try to fight for a contested puck but even if he is willing like DCat – he is going more of those one on ones than he will win. That leaves Toews to do all the heavy lifting which is why I prefer either Hayden who will win most of those battles or Fortin who will win a lot of battles by gaining the advantage by getting there so quickly.

  70. All good thoughts guys – it’ll be interesting to see how it pans out

    I had thought for a while that Sikura would be best to start on the 3rd line but more and more I like the idea of a highly skilled fast playmaker playing with him and a shooter like Dcat

    They won’t win as many board battles true but if they have the puck they can keep it and generate chances – it’s not a perfect combo but I’d like to see if it can work and I think the Hawks should try it

  71. Good thoughts too Wrap, time will tell who wins what in preseason. One more thought, not rushing young players in a season likely where making the playoffs should be the ceiling may play role in development as well.

  72. Wall said the 1st line doesn’t play that cycle style anymore like 2010. So maybe that style Wrp is talking about for that line is good way.

  73. I like Ian’s line up. Would like to have Martinsen in there somewhere even possibly on the first line a few times. Would give Saad and Seabrook some alligator and rattlesnake meat to eat. A Hayden Kunitz Martinsen line when we play our friends from Missouri, Tennessee and British Columbia. Let’s even the score with the guys from western Pennsylvania too.

    How much longer do we have to wait?!

  74. In my last post (just to be clear) I meant I liked the idea of a highly skilled fast playmaker like Sikura playing with Toews and a shooter like Dcat.

    Toews can skate, pass and shoot and win battles and get to the front of the net

    The more I think about this trio the more I think it can work

    Ian’s idea of having Edjsell on Toews’ LW could work as well if the Edje proves to be a JVR type – a bit slow but a gunslinger nevertheless

    I’d really like to see Toews and Sikura together with Dcat though – put them all in a position to get succeed

  75. Cannot have Sikura or Debrincat or Kane playing together, ever!

    Kane needs a big left winger who shoots left and Toews needs a big right or left winger!

    20 8 88 (top line)
    Edjsell (or Knott or Iacopelli) 19 12
    14 15 95
    Fortin Kahun Hayden

  76. Cannot have Sikura or Debrincat or Kane playing together, ever!

    Well, I guess it’s official–Hawk coaches you can relax.
    I would love to see Kane and DCat play together once in a while, even though they both want to shoot-pass on their off wing.

  77. Noonan as a blender setting to add a spark i look forward to all those combinations. Just not convinced it works as a regular thing at this point anyways.

  78. Cat can play with Toews or AA but not with Kane…Makes that line too small.
    Dalhstrom? Never really got a chance with Q! Another 2nd round pick that is not an NHLer. Thx Bowman! Bringb on Stevie Y!!!

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