Robin Press Headed Back To Sweden

According to a report out of Sweden, defenseman Robin Press will play in the SHL next season.

Press, 23, was a seventh round pick (#211) by the Blackhawks in 2013. He played in 52 games with the Indy Fuel in the ECHL last season, posting 44 points (10 goals, 34 assists). He has appeared in 16 games with the IceHogs over the past two seasons.

This move is little surprise considering the Blackhawks’ organizational depth on the blue line currently. According to CapFriendly, Chicago currently have the following defensemen signed:

  1. Brent Seabrook (thru 2023-24)
  2. Duncan Keith (thru 2022-23)
  3. Connor Murphy (thru 2021-11)
  4. Jan Rutta (thru 2018-19)
  5. Erik Gustafsson (thru 2019-20)
  6. Jordan Oesterle (thru 2018-19)
  7. Gustav Forsling (thru 2018-19)
  8. Blake Hillman (thru 2018-19)
  9. Dennis Gilbert (thru 2020-21)
  10. Lucas Carlsson (thru 2020-21)
  11. Joni Tuulola (thru 2019-20)
  12. Luc Snuggerud (thru 2019-20)
  13. Carl Dahlström (thru 2018-19)
  14. Darren Raddysh (thru 2019-20)
  15. Robin Norell (thru 2018-19)

Not yet signed are Henri Jokiharju or Adam Clendening (RFA). Cody Franson and Viktor Svedberg are UFA this summer.

Obviously there are only 12-14 roster spots open for defensemen in Chicago and Rockford, so both camps figure to be competitive this season.

38 thoughts on “Robin Press Headed Back To Sweden

  1. With another crop of players being added next month it’s not surprising that Press is returning home. At 23 he has yet to stand out from the group. The Hawks blue line is really a mess of mid level prospects.

  2. Great ,,.so the Hawks have 2.5 n.h.l. ready defense men signed for the upcoming season . Nice work Stan .

  3. It’s almost hard to accumulate that many legit pro prospects without any high ceiling type guys. Hopefully some take a step forward and assert themselves to stick on an NHL roster to a greater degree than guys like Klas Dahlback ever did. He played 33 games for Arizona last year, one of the worst teams in the league. 5 points, minus 6.
    Yet he looked really good in the AHL.

    You never know how guys will transition to the NHL, it is the hardest leap to make, particularly on defense.

  4. Defenceman Andreas Soderberg is the only unsigned prospect left who will be a free agent June 1st if not signed.

  5. Stan’s approach to defensive prospects is like a gambling addict buying lottery tickets. One has got to payout.

  6. As far as Press goes, he was kind of a long shot to make it to begin with and after several years couldn’t get out of the ECHL. My guess is that we won’t see him in North America again.

    Not many 7th round picks make it in the Pros so you can’t really criticize the drafting of the Hawks on this one.

  7. Southside-lots of names, not much upper level talent. Almost like shopping at a dollar store, you can buy lots but—-Can one become the future Keith? A lot to ask but it can happen. #2 didn’t have much fanfare, coming out of the NCAA. From 2004—#2 wasn’t even the top KEITH prospect!

    Blackhawks Top 20 Quick Glance

    1. Anton Babchuk
    2. Cam Barker
    3. Brent Seabrook
    4. Craig Anderson
    5. Igor Radulov
    6. Michael Yakubov
    7. Pavel Vorobiev
    8. Corey Crawford
    9. James Wisniewski
    10. Michal Barinka
    11. David Bolland
    12. Matt Ellison
    13. Lasse Kukkonen
    14. Jakub Sindel
    15. Mike Brodeur
    16.Alexander Kojevnikov
    17. Matt Keith
    18. Ryan Garlock
    19. Duncan Keith
    20. Colin Fraser

  8. It is hard to know with these guys. Dahlbeck made continual progress at Rockford and I thought he did fine when he got the call, but after a good first couple of games Q quickly soured on him and that was it. Stanton was another guy that looked decent in his few appearances, but he didn’t pan out anywhere either. We’re going to need a some luck replenishing that left side.

    I don’t really care who wins SCF but I will be pulling for Kempny and would love the irony of him getting his name on the Stovepipe Cup.

  9. Jordy,

    I know much has been made about Kempny’s success with Washington. To me, this an egregious misjudgement by Quenneville. In a season where the Hawks were desperate for serviceable NHL defensemen, Q preferred the likes of Oesterle, Ruuta, Forsling and Gustafsson over a legitimate top 4 NHL quality defenseman in Kempny.

    Bowman did his job. He found this gem in Europe and signed him TWICE. Only for Q to banish him to the press box. Brutal !

  10. P.S. The Chicago media NEVER addressed Kempny w/ Q during the season, the few times he played, and most important after he was traded.

    How about a question or two at the Fan Convention, and/or also at the beginning of training camp.

    Question: “Q, why did you treat Kempny the way you did in his less than 2 seasons here?”

    Question: “Q, Kempny certainly looks and played the part of — at worst — a solid 4-5 D-man, he played regular shifts w/ Carlson the ENTIRE playoffs; did he have an awakening in Washington? or have you lost your touch judging and/or coaching up D-men?”

    Thanks Q.

  11. Agree with Nigrelli. Kempny deserved much more of a chance than he got from Quennville.

  12. Similar treatment by Quennville with Daley who went on from Chicago to help a depleted Pittsburgh defense to a Stanley Cup in a top 4 position.

  13. Our lack of presents in the D position is very glaring , Stan and Q have ALL to do with it . Player management on the the back end is sad to say the least . Hell not much better treatment with our up coming young forward group . We are in for a long haul here boys ,.,.Q should have been put to the curb ,.,.Stan as well .

    Great posts Iceman and Craig N .The facts really do speak for themselves .

  14. @Craig: I fully concur with you on Kempny. One observation I made multiple times on him is how well he gets pucks through traffic to the net (with a little zip on it as well). Wouldn’t it be nice if he were to ripple the twine in the SCF!

    @Jim: good observation.

  15. It is 1000% certain Q (like any boss with staff/employees under his direction) has his pet players (this season, 1000% certain Oesterle) and ones he dislikes.

    Nevermind the liquor store commercials, Q can serve as perfect spokesperson for Petco of Petsmart.

  16. I think Stan found another gem. Jeremy Colliton. To say he’s done a great job at Rockford is an understatement. Add to that, the young players really like him. They play hard for him and get results. I think it’s more of a case of when he is promoted to head coach. That’s encouraging.

  17. If he’s good, well liked and passionate I hope the Hawks would consider him. I’d rather have someone smart with a fire in his belly.

    At 60 Q has done a great job, but has maybe one more job left in him, if he wants it-not sure why he would want it with the Hawks who realistically aren’t ready to seriously compete yet. I know he’s making 6 million for a couple more years. Some team ready but they can’t get over the hump sounds right. My opinion only.

  18. I agree with the Kempny and Colliton thoughts. I’ve become a season ticket holder with the Hogs and sit two rows behind the bench, close enough pat the glass but also get a feel for the interactions on the bench. I’ve been impressed with Colliton.
    As for Kempny, I got a laugh the other night during Bolts/Caps #7 when his stint with the Hawks was discussed. Eddie clearly sidestepped and deflected to an extent and wrote it off to system again I’m sure to protect Hawks management. I wasn’t buying that. Kempny deserved much better than he got here. He’s played a top 4 role and minutes throughout the playoffs and has looked much more than fine. Glad for him and hope, indeed, he gets his name put onto the Cup. I absolutely take him over Rutta, Oesterle, Gus.

  19. I’m a little late here, but nail on the head Craig and MR Ross, I believe Daley was on 2 Pitt. cup teams.

  20. Both players did fine with new teams, but

    Even though Daley won 2 times, PIT didn’t deserve to win, they should have been beat as they got outplayed by WAS and NAS by a lot. (and TB the yr before/back up goalie)

    WAS at least has earned it and they win they deserve to win.

  21. Deepest draft in a long time. I would love to see the Hawks pick Quin Hughes or Noah Dobson at number 8. Both would play in the top pair for many years.
    I sure hope Stan does NOT trade pick 27. Take the best available player, then swing for the fences is rounds 3 thru 7.

  22. It was a blessing in disguise that we were that bad, at times/not playing-show up, not having Crow for 60 games, and this deepest draft in yrs. What theres about 9 guys that are usually only top 3 (-5ish). We couldn’t have done any worse rec wise, what 7th worst/that’s 2nd or 3rd from last place division team. (last place in central is like 3 or 4th in east division)

    Bowman and crew can find ways to make a big moves/and other moves while also continue to load up with every pick on top of Schmaltz/Debrincat/Jokeru/high top pick/27th-maybe trade up higher like getting 8.

    Were looking for a 4th Cup in less then the 10 it took redwings to theirs (95m payroll in mid 90s, ha.)

  23. With the way Dobson’s stock has risen with his teams run to the Memorual Cup final tonight, i can’t imagine he will still be around when the Blackhawks pick. Nobody has risen higher this year in draft rankings and his playoff, Memorial Cup showings have just continued him on that upward trend this spring.

  24. Who do you think will still be there at 8th to choose from. If that guy went up, then there would be another one available to pick from.

  25. I think Wahlstrom and 1 of Bouchard or Boqvist will be still there and thats who they pick.

  26. Interesting that Montreal has 4 second round picks. I’m wondering if Bergevin tries to get back into the back half of the first round and pick 27 from the Hawks by dangling two second rounders ?

  27. very true Ian and the Titan were dominate last night and congrats to them on their first ever Memorial Cup win. Now the draft will be even more interesting.

  28. Boqvist will be intriguing for many teams 5 to 10-high risk, high reward. Do the Hawks want another 5’11 offensive d-man who can really skate but hasn’t learned parts of the game yet? But as Ian mentioned him and Dobson probably switched in the ranking.
    Bouchard seems to be the safer pick, but teams may be kicking themselves if the other guy turns electric in the NHL.

  29. Hope WAS wins Cup.

    The league has ruined the sport with the recent yrs. That they do not waive off the goal tender interference that screwed NAS in game 6 last yr and do not waive off cross check in back on 4th goal. You waive those off and play the real sport. WAS deserved to play up 4-3 during the 3rd period. Its a joke.

    Make the fucking calls. Right.

    I was a good game until they let the get away with that (just like PIT goaltender interference goal). Hope WAS wins but I think that makes it clear what the league/refs are going to do to WAS and for the expansion team.

    4-0 sweep, over before it started. To bring interest into the sport again (from other areas).

    I am not watching nhl hockey again, other then our games for the next yr and a half. Its a joke when you can just plow the goalie/make contact with goalies arm/cross ck defenseman down like that and score not waived off.

    When were really good again, yr and a half, then I ll watch some other teams/games again. Until then theres no point. Its scripted. You watch WAS will get screwed over and over during this series to cater to expansion team/team league wants to win etc.

    See ya at the draft. Let me know who wins Cup.

  30. Wilson’s late hit on Marchessault wasn’t called and was a worse offense than what Reeves did by far.

  31. Doesn’t matter. Even though there were a lot things missed/not called, you have to waive off the goal if something happens.

    That’s prob why Wilson (the db) did it because the refs left them score a goal, which gave them the game/really kept them in it-tied.

    It was worse but there wasn’t a goal scored on it.

    Your right, I know certain plays are worse then others but what should matter is when a goal is scored on a penalty play, it should always be waived off.

    Its the goaltender interference on Crow that gave NAS game 3, which we would have won (2-1 series), the PIT goalie interference which gave the game 6 and screwed NAS, and this cross checking goal which gave Vegas the 2018 Stanley Cup champions the game and prob the edge to stay ahead the whole series.
    …but the league/refs/instant replay refs gave to them.

    That is the prob I have with it. I know theres a lot of cheap/late hit/lots of stuff/etc that goes on that should be called. But whos fault is that, the league who doesn’t manage/enforce the rules properly.

    So even though Wilson is a dumbass and he should be suspened for cheap suff he does/all the time. He had to take the refs into his own hands and do a penalty to send a message to expansion team that if they cheat AND score a goal on it, they will be hit cheaply when they think its well past the play so their not expecteing it. clean hit shoulders or below but head whipping action against the hitter like a rag doll.

    For the record I am not for cheap stuff or any of this, its just what else do you do to send a message to other team and refs, when the refs let other team cheat AND score a goal on it, which kept them in game in order to win game.

    It should be 1-0 WAS. That cross ck goal could be the diff in winning the Cup, even though there 6 more games. The fact that Vegas gets to play with the advantage of being up 1-0 and prob through out whole series when they deserve to have to play from behind.

    But it those plays the league/refs deliberately let certain teams away with, and are vital in who wins. Not the regular cheating. Just waive off goals that are scored on penalty plays, then everything is fine.

  32. The refs didn’t deliberately see it and not call the penalty…..but the problem is they can’t call a penalty after the fact based on the jumbotron video. I used to ref for USA hockey and believe me it only takes a split second of looking at one area to not see something like that.

    I think we will see a 3rd ref in the ‘sky’ that can call penalties based on video feeds and catch a lot of this stuff eventually.

  33. I tried refing once and I could see how hard it was on a close call

    I know they cant see whats on tv all the time, I am realistic even though.

    I guess the best way I think the rules should be are to replay every goal for goal tender interference, kicking motion or angling your skate leg etc, and for things like the cross check goal.

    I am ok with refs not seeing everything all the the time and whats on tv. Its the stuff right in front of net that bothers me. The calls not called or they review and still make wrong call.

    I just think the sport would be better/more fair/proper use of replay to review every goal, during a mandatory tv time after every goal. Just to review front of net stuff/including goalie interference.

    That way its at least 100% fair and they should be able to make the right replay call 99% of the time.

    For the other stuff that happens all over the ice, well if there isint a goal scored then it doesn’t make it right, its just stuff/part of the game.

    I really really hate teams that cheat AND get rewarded with a goal or the game just because of that.

    I know its not a perfect way of doing it, but at least review every goal, that’s what wins the games, more goals. Make them legit.

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