Now that the Blackhawks annual prospect camp and fan convention are both in the rear view mirror, the next date on the calendar for Hawks fans is in less than four weeks.
Kevin Hayes, the team’s first round draft pick in 2010, has 25 days left until he becomes a free agent. And all indications are that the Hawks will be receiving a second round compensation pick when the Boston College grad walks away from the organization that selected him four summers ago.
Wednesday is Duncan Keith’s 31st birthday. Less than one month removed from receiving his second Norris Trophy, the future Hall of Famer continues to be a rock on the Hawks’ blue line.
Tuesday morning the Nashville Predators announced the signings of two veteran centers.
Mike Ribeiro signed a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.05M, and Derek Roy signed a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.0M. The Preds needed to add depth at the position when Mike Fisher was lost for 4-6 months to a torn Achilles.
The Blackhawks announced Monday that they have hired Kevin Dineen to replace Jamie Kompon as an assistant coach.
The Blackhawks prospect camp is under way, and there will be a lot said about how some of the new faces mix in with names some fans have become more familiar with over the past few years.
Not many of these players are playing for a shot at the United Center ice this season, but they’ll certainly show the organization how they look next to the rest of the team’s best young talent.
Here are a few things to watch as the prospects skate this week.
We’ve already looked ahead at the defensemen and forwards headed to the Blackhawks’ prospect camp this week. Now, let’s take a look at who will be between the pipes.
In the wake of the blockbuster deals for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, the organization will have most of their top prospects in town to compete for roster spots in Rockford and, perhaps, Chicago.
Earlier, we discussed the defensemen attending this year’s Blackhawks prospect camp. Now, let’s look at the forwards on the roster.
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The Blackhawks prospect camp opens this weekend, and many of the organization’s top prospects will be on the ice.
As has been the trend with the Blackhawks under Stan Bowman’s guidance, there will be a strong college flavor at prospect camp. Of the blue line group at this year’s camp, 11 players saw action in an NCAA game during the 2013-14 season; Adam Clendening also came from the college ranks, leaving Boston University after the 2011-12 campaign.
It’s disappointing to see that Klas Dahlbeck isn’t on the roster, but one defenseman to keep an eye on is Carl Dahlström. Listed at 6-4 and 215 pounds, the 19-year-old was a second round pick by the Hawks last summer and will be one of the bigger players in camp. He’s uses his size well and is also a smooth puck handler as well.
Let’s take a look at the defensemen on this year’s camp roster.
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On Thursday afternoon, the Blackhawks announced the players who will attend their annual Prospect Camp.
When the Blackhawks announced on Wednesday that the franchise had locked up Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane for eight more seasons, it signified a commitment to the heart of the team for the next decade (at least).
But it will also afford the Hawks’ two young superstars the opportunity to re-write the record books of the Original Six franchise, putting their two names among the all-time elite to wear the Indian head.