Turnovers, Penalties Help Panthers End Blackhawks Win Streak

The Blackhawks came into Sunday evening’s game against the Florida Panthers riding a season-best three-game win streak.

And they watched it evaporate in 31 seconds.

Before the game, the Hawks recalled center Jacob Nilsson from Rockford and sent Luke Johnson to the IceHogs. Nilsson, 25, played for Jeremy Colliton in Sweden and signed with the Blackhawks in May. He had 14 points in 31 games with Rockford and started the game as the fourth line center between Chris Kunitz and Brendan Perlini

Chicago started the game well, carrying much of the action over the game’s opening ten minutes. Connor Murphy got the Hawks on the board first with his first goal of the year at 13:23.

Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini picked the assists – a (former) Coyote Special.

Unfortunately the lead didn’t make it three minutes before Jayce Hawryluk scored his first of the year to tie the game.

At the end of 20 minutes, the shots were nine for each side and the goals were tied at one.

Hawryluk scored his second of the game to give Florida a 2-1 lead at 2:35 into the second period.

But that lead, like Chicago’s in the first, didn’t last long.

At 4:56 into the second with the Blackhawks on the power play, Alex DeBrincat attacked and put a pass off Strome’s right skate. The kick hit the post and pounced behind Florida netminder James Reimer across the crease to DeBrincat, who tapped home his 17th of the year.

Strome and Jonathan Toews were credited with assists on DeBrincat’s game-tying goal.

The game stayed tied for almost 12 minutes, but then the wheels came flying off. Mike Hoffman gave Florida a lead with a power play goal and Jared McCann extended the lead to two 31 seconds later.

When the dust settled after 40 minutes, the Blackhawks had been out-shot 14-8 in the second and allowed three goals in the middle period.

When, before the third period started, Pat Foley asked assistant coach Barry Smith what his favorite line had been thus far, Smith quickly said “You guys” – referring to Foley and Eddie Olczyk. The broadcasters laughed it off but Smith was clearly not happy with the play he’d seed in the second period.

Denis Malgin added to the onslaught 59 seconds into the third period, giving Florida a 5-2 lead.

Colliton turned on his blender and mixed things up often after the Malgin goal. Gustav Forsling had a huge hit, and the Blackhawks appeared to respond with a quick burst of offense. And at 9:35 Strome added to his multi-point night with ninth goal of the season.

Strome has scored six times since joining the Blackhawks and continues to be comfortable at both the left wing and center positions. Patrick Kane and Murphy were credited with assists on Strome’s goal.

Cam Ward went to the bench with 2:20 remaining in regulation and Florida started a slow game of icing the puck. The Hawks continued to struggle to complete a pass or get into the zone effectively, and it eventually cost them.

Frank Vatrano found the empty net with 61 seconds left in regulation to extend Florida’s lead back to three.

Strome was one of very few bright spots for the Hawks. He won eight of his 12 faceoffs and had three points in 19:36 on the ice. Toews had one assist and won 12 of 21 at the dot but finished minus-three; Brandon Saad is in the midst of another rough stretch trying to find offense.

Murphy skated 20:30 and had one goal and one assist with a team-leading four hits.

Dylan Sikura played a better game and saw more ice time on Sunday, finishing tied with DeBrincat for the team lead with four shots on net.

In his Blackhawks debut, Nilsson skated 6:47 with one hit and finished minus-one. He won one of three faceoffs.

Kunitz returned for some unknown reason and skated 7:27 with one shot on net and two hits.

Ward stopped 21 of 26 in the loss.

80 thoughts on “Turnovers, Penalties Help Panthers End Blackhawks Win Streak

  1. Speed is still going to cause problems for this roster. Ward didn’t play at vezina trophy calibur but it wasn’t his fault Dahlstrom coughed up the pyck in the slot on 1st one. It wasn’t his fault Gus and Keith allowed ignored a forward who had a breakaway on 2nd. It wasn’t his fault he was totally screened out on pp goal. It wasn’t his fault that Dahlstrom got caught flatfooted and winger walked in un touched. Even 5th goal he didn’t turn puck over leading to goal. Thought the commentary inferring it was a Ward issue was cheap. They can play better, see if they pick it up for 2 division games right after break. Pk and pp were a positive, Sikura looked more comfortable. Strome continues to put points up.

  2. Too much Christmas pudding?

    A couple bright spots among many old bad ones. The fourth line was about as weak as it has been.
    Strome the prize of the deal and Perlini could be a first round blunder. Hockey IQ always helps, and Strome has it.
    Well at least Joki looked good in the first period against team Canada.

  3. MS spot on, the wrong goalie played. That is the coach’s fault, not the goalie. Delia should be getting all starts other than the back to backs.

    Forsling is not an NHL D man. I’ve said this before the last two years, nothing has changed. He is erratic and soft as well.

    Happy holidays to all.

  4. I keep thinking to myself (and now i’ll share with everyone reading) that usually, when you have a 26 year old defenseman on pace for 15+ goals and 40 points who is only costing $1.2 mil against the cap for this year and next, that is a player to build around. However, when I look at Gustafsson, I really see a forward playing defenseman..9 takaways vs 30 giveaways I think helps tell the tale. My point then, is that his scoring ability and low cap hit make him our most tradable asset, not our most reasonably priced building block for the future construction of our d-line. I remember a season or two ago, when their were persistent rumors floating around that Tampa Bay was shopping Jonathan Drouin, there were many Blackhawks fans on various blogs (not necessarily this one) who were saying ”don’t trade Gustafsson, we finally have a defenseman who can move the puck, QB the PP, etc”..now obviously, hindsight is 20/20, but for a team who desperately needs young wingers who can score, wouldn’t a winger like Drouin be a welcome addition to this team? I think so. My point is that Gustafsson’s skillset can be better used on a team with more talent on their blueline in order to help hide/mitigate his defensive inadequacies and the Hawks could get a nice return since blue line scoring would be a welcome addition for a lot of teams gearing up for their playoff run. As a matter of fact, since his cap hit is so reasonable, I might even try to package Manning with him and clear some extra cap space at the same time. If a team were to offer, for example, a 2nd rounder and a 5th rounder, I say take the picks..especially this year when our own 2nd rounder will be high enough in the round to be in the neighborhood of a late 1st rounder..this is how you rebuild..you just drafted two defensemen who should be able to provide everything Gustafsson does offensively as their floor (Boqvist and Beaudin)..take th e picks..then see if the Sabres are interested in Anisimov since they just released Berglund and they’re thin down the middle..if you get a 1st and a 3rd along with the above trade, you could end up with two firsts, two seconds, and a third..you’ve also cleared salary so you could add a winger in the offseason..my preference would be Mark Stone for the Toews line or Jeff Skinner for the Kane line but that’s neither here nor there..take the extra picks, clear salary, hit on one of those high picks next year for an upside winger or centerman..continue to develop Joki, Forsling, and Boqvist on the blueline and this team could be much, much better in 10 months..

  5. Strome still can skate and coughs up the puck every time he tries to enter the offensive zone. He skates by pucks all the time which for a big man tells you he is too soft and his puck handling is average. Maybe he has a hockey IQ but he is limited in many ways.
    Now I hope Ward shuts up because he is an awful goalie. He is always out of position, plays too deep in his net and his hockey goalie IQ is awful. What we saw is what Bowman saw, that Ward is a washed up goalie. Then again, Bowman is just as washed up as Ward with no hockey GM IQ.
    This team lost against a one line team that also played without Vincent Trocheck!
    Watching Kahun skate is not a pretty sight. Bad posture, bad technique….a 3rd or 4th line player at best. Sikura? Same thing, too thin, too light, too soft…and too much Bowman hype. Why AA is playing wing on the second line is a mystery? Why he is still on this team and not Schmaltz is a bigger mystery.
    Too bad…

  6. Not make excuse for, every, loss. We didn’t play good, that’s ok. In a transition yr the goal is to win some games get better and sort over time/82 games.

    The most important thing is to get top 5 skill, when we have a chance. We have chance to get a top 4 pick.
    The cause is this/make future wave best it can be. So every game we donot win or toe its fine/is good. Feels nice to win games to. Going 4-1-1 which is playing good in 5 out of 6 games against top 10 teams (except PIT) is good, were not only beating shit teams on back to backs.

    Anyways only saw 1st and it looked, ok.
    The difference between top 5 kill pick and 10-15 pick could be going 25-20 or 20-25. Chalk this up as one of the five games difference it takes, in the 2nd 40+ games, to get 20-25 and get rewarded with what we deserve and need the most.

  7. Remember when celebrating Jesuss birthday that getting rewarded in the end with a top 5 skill is really going to help us get that loaded roster again. That is something to be Merry about. And Boqvist.

  8. Couldn’t help myself, took a peak. LA won again. Were now ahead, right now, for 1st pick.

    CHI 7
    LA 6
    NWJ 4
    OTT 3
    ARI 2
    STL 2
    DET 2

  9. Ward had a bad game but hes not washed up, it would be nice to see if delia can keep playing well though. They just didnt play well in front of ward if they can get back to playing well defensively theyll be fine. The bad starts have stopped they had a couple bad stretches today. A few days off may help lot of games lately

  10. They weren’t playing well but it was manageable until Keith took that foolish penalty, cross checking right in front of everybody. Smith thought it was a soft penalty in the interview but I thought it was blatant and certainly would have called it. Keith had a lousy night. We say that quite often now. That said, big boys should recover from a PP goal against whether you agree with the call or not and instead these guys got softer and gave up one 40 seconds later.

    The Hawks were not holding passes and their dump ins were not getting deep. It was just a fundamentally unsound performance and they looked ragged. It was really aggravating to watch.

    I know he has some goals lately but Kane has been snake-bit for a lot of this season, including tonight. He is not burying shots he would normally score on, such as the one tonight where he didn’t elevate the rebound enough. It was a good save, but it wouldn’t have been saved if he elevated as he is capable. That may sound picky………..but it’s Kane. He doesn’t miss like that.

    It makes you scratch your head when you see Kunitz on the ice. Also, those griping about Ward need to come up with more than “he was too deep in the net.” It was a breakaway and good players quite often score on a breakaway. Maybe he wasn’t great but it’s hard to hang these goals on him. That said, hopefully it’s Delia time in the next game.

  11. They looked sluggish – weren’t playing at the same tempo they had been recently and not competing as relentlessly leaving Ward on his own too often and he didn’t bail them out

    Maybe it was because 3rd game in 4 nights but no excuse – they have to keep the pedal to the metal to be successful

    Dahlstrom had his first rough outing – see how he fares next game

    Toews and Saad need another winger other than Kahun, maybe give Sikura a shot

    Agree with Tab – why Kunitz? he did nothing except take up a
    spot on the ice that Hayden could have taken or Martinsen

  12. Jokiharju with an assist for Finland tonight in pre tournament win over Canada. Logged big ice time and Quarterback on good looking pp.
    Merry Christmas

  13. I agree with Hull65’s comment on Strome. I have written that if you are willing to part with a player like Schmaltz, you better get a good return. Strome needs to be a key piece if the Hawks are back in the playoffs next season. Am fast losing hope about Perlini. Strome has trouble controlling the puck when entering the zone and is easily knocked off the puck. He is not confident in his stick-handling and immediately passes the puck. His fore-checking is almost nonexistent. And his wheels are on the slow side. He is a good passer and has a nose for the net, but his overall game needs a lot of work. Hopefully this will come as the season wears on.

  14. Rough game for Dahlstrom. He really struggled pivoting and turning as well as handling the puck.
    Forsling looks very lackadaisical to me. Just not a lot of passion to his game.
    Why isn’t John Hayden playing ? At least he has some reckless abandon to his shifts.
    Love the way Connor Murphy is seizing this opportunity.
    Saad is back to passes bouncing off his stick often. Is he a $6 Million forward ?
    Perlini was totally handcuffed playing with Kunitz and Nielsen. Just no chance to use his shot or his speed.

    Oh looking forward to the World Juniors.

  15. Without a full the roster, the little things, stand out more when we donot play hard/good.

    If playing 14 and others by both coachs and other things we do gets us a top 5 skill instead of 10-20 pick. Well that’s the goal for a transition yr that’s not full/roster.

  16. Flashes of mediocrity interrupted by long periods of ineptitude- you all have captured the low lights:
    -Dalia should be in 90% of the time for the rest of the season
    – showcasing Kunitz?? For what? A stint in the AHL?
    -Keith and Seabrook helped get us 3 cups! Past tense- they are slow, sloppy at times and in many cases a liability
    – is John Hayden hurt? At least he’s not afraid of “touching” opponents! Is the rest of the team homo- phobic??
    Slow, uninitiated, undisciplined and questionable talent at times.. I’m all in to #lose4Hughes (or anybody!) Part 2 is gonna be really painful!
    Merry Christmas boys!

  17. Completely disagree on the criticism of Strome.

    Strome had 3 points including a tap in goal by going to the front of the net. In the 15 games he played for the Hawks, only three team mates have more points than he does (9) (Kane-17, DeBrincat-13 and Toews-11) and only DeBrincat has more goals (seven) than he does (six.)

    Strome is effective and productive in his top 6 role on this team, His greatest asset however is how he plays in high traffic/high danger areas. He is not afraid of contact and he is not afraid to go to the net. That is one thing Schmaltz never did for the Hawks.

    Last point about him “getting knocked off the puck easily…” He is still only 21 years old, he is going to continue to fill out for a few more years. It is not unreasonable to expect him to get stronger in the next year or two. He clearly has not stopped filling out his physique. Slow your roll.

    Bottom line is that Strome has been producing as a second line player should produce on a team. He is 4th on the team in scoring since his arrival and he is looking more comfortable each game. His arrow is pointing up. I am looking forward to seeing him play, which honestly I could not say about Schmaltz right before he was traded. He looked like he needed to go to Rockford for a refresher.

  18. It’s difficult for me to be constantly bashing these young players game after game. In my book, this is the NHL and these young kids are learning to be NHL players. Being an NHL player means that you play with “consistency” every night and have a level of play that is established for every game and that you, as a player, strive to maintain that level.

    However, these young kids like Forsling, Strome, Hayden and a few more, are LEARNING how to be NHL players. It takes awhile to be a consistent player on an EVERY NIGHT basis. Some players get to the NHL level and they have no problem or very little problems adjusting to the play of the league. Most players have to get used to the GRIND of the league and the LEVEL that has to be played on a game to game basis. Not every player is a Conor McDavid.

    I have seen enough of Kunitz and Cam Ward. Let me see Hayden, Delia, Martenson, Forsling, Strome, Perlini, Dahlstrom and a few other kids. Win or lose, let these kids play and try to get some consistency in their game. I feel bad for Hayden, the guy does everything that is asked of him yet he only plays 3 out of 5 games and can’t get any MOJO going.

    As far as Keith and Seabs go, yes, they are a step slow at times, yes, they make a lot of money, BUT, when the kids play well they both seem to play well. When the kids struggle, they struggle. Which just means that it’s a TEAM game and 2 players in their 30’s are NOT going to be difference makers EVERY NIGHT. But they brought us 3 Cups and I want these future Hall of Fame players to teach our young kids how to play the game.

    I will step of my soap box, now. Thanks for letting me vent!!

    Merry Christmas, boys!!

  19. They played well up until the first Panther goal, and then it seemed like the same Hawks from before the winning streak. Well, Merry Christmas everybody.

  20. Great post Miroslav – totally agree with your take on Strome

    He is a bright spot and I think Perlini will eventually be a useful bottom 6 player

    Schmaltz is more physically gifted then Strome except for his vision on the ice and his ability to think the game

    I think the Hawks can move forward with Strome whereas I wasn’t liking the future of the Hawks with a $5 – 6 million Schmaltz

  21. Also agree that the Keith penalty was a killer – they were hanging in on a night where they were clearly not their best

    Maybe they lose anyway but those sort of mistakes are costly on such nights

  22. Miroslav– Re: Strome- I agree… He has been very effective… And excels at hands around net… Strome has very solid IQ/Stick around net…

    Strome/Schmaltz – are really different players/skills… both can be good/effective.

    But- I agree w/ some here Strome’s weakness- is stick handling around Blue line – where his lack of speed seems to get the best of him… but- he is actually pretty good stick handling puck around net… when speed isn’t as big a factor- as trying to gain/attack the zone… But if You have Wings- who can enter the Zone effectively- Strome is a nice asset- crashing the net…

  23. Any time I see Hayden out of the lineup I ask “why?”.
    And I respect Kunitz’s career, but when I see him in the lineup I ask “why?”.

    The team is finally riding a little bit of success, but you sit Hayden and Martensen, in put in a call up from Rockford in Nilsson (and only skate him six and a half minutes) and Kunitz …….. don’t totally get it, but what do I know?

    Despite some limitations, Strome does seem to find the puck and be in position to score.

    As Barry Smith mentioned, Florida really shut down the center of the ice after the first period, and the Blackhawks did not respond well.

    Hopefully the boys will have some compete in them right off the bat against the Wild on Thursday.

  24. Ian – I wasn’t taking a cheap shot at Ward, just commenting that he didn’t have a great night (like several of his recent games). On the first goal he made a questionable decision to dive for a poke check that resulted in a simple tap in. On the breakaway he was very deep in the net and on the fourth goal he gave up a bad rebound off the blocker. Ward is a consummate pro and I have a lot of respect for him. I do hope we see more of Delia after the break since he is a bona fide prospect and Ward is gone after this year.

    Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays to all!

  25. Wall said their different players. Like 72 and 20. There both great just diff style. 72 could be coming back home this July 1.

    8 and 17 both may now get the caphit they deserve and that should be bridge in the 3 area, not this 5or6 business. Thay are not as good as 20 was at that point in their careers/its eaaaarly in their careers still.

    For a transition yr, thing are going great, ecept for headhits on our guys, this is as good as we could wanted for this transition. Play good at times (and bad), get better for younger players, new systems before next yr (being more used to it) and having a chance at top 3 % pick.

  26. I was watching a different game yesterday and heard a comment that I have heard several times before that it takes most defenseman 200 NHL games to figure things out. Not sure how many games some of our guys have played but I hope that explains Forsling’s inconsistency.

  27. MS wasn’t directing it at you, what i meant the telecast commentary was kind of focussed on Ward blame and ran from saying the defence hung him out to dry on most goals.
    Kane actually uses Stromes lack of speed to his advantage by feeding him coming trailing the play to create good scoring opportunities. Not sure if that can work as a long term threat or not but teams haven’t adjusted to it yet.

  28. most every game this season this squad for better and worse has been led by the veteran core. Just look at the numbers.

    I said it two years ago when they were competing for the President’s Trophy; they should have been playing the rookies with big minutes to either figure out if they are going to be on the team or better yet showcase weaker players on a better team to raise their trade value higher than it was and move them along for picks/prospects for the future. Instead they found themselves in a first round sweep. I’ll say it again; in that series Hossa stood out to me as the best player on the ice even though his minutes I believe were reduced to something like 15 a game.

    Merry Christmas everyone! Oh and did anyone see Venus this morning? I got a phone call about a UFO or space station in the sky around 4am; went out and determined it was Venus with the a star right behind that gave it a very odd appearance; almost looked like an odd shaped capital “L” in the sky. Brightest object in the sky for sure; if it wasn’t sitting still I would have thought it was a plane; in fact it was much brighter than planes in the sky.

  29. 15 wasn’t super fast and 72/88 top line in hockey for two yrs. 17 similar to 15 in that regard and is a great setup/passer man that can score. Size will have to go to diff position, like 1st wing from a top 5 skill draft.

  30. Ian, I know you started one. A list of the World Junior players team number

    SWE- Boqvist 3
    FIN- Buckaroo
    FIN- Nordgren 9
    USA- Barrett 17
    CAN- Mitchell 5
    CAN- Enwhistle 16

    USA- Hughes 6
    FIN- Kakko 24

  31. I didn’t watch the game just watched the recap and my take on it…..

    1st Goal: Dahlstrom gets spun around, where did the physicality go on that play???? Ward what are you doing????

    2nd Goal: Keith and Gustafson were basically watching someone else not the guy behind them scoring the goal….One on One with Ward what is the percentage on that 90% he will fail at stopping the puck…

    3rd Goal: Valid Goal, total missle shot, in between Forslings legs and I have no faith in Ward… Only chance is if Forsling somehow blocks that and he didn’t.

    4th Goal: Juicy juicy rebound off Ward, not much else defence could have done here besides try to stack bodies in front of the net. Probably best option with Ward in net…..

    5th Goal: Gustafson and Toews turn the puck over and then in my opinion a pretty softy goal by Ward, bad movement, bad positioning, no battle….

    So I’ll definitely put 3 out of 5 of these goals on Ward, not sure why Delia didn’t get the start especially playing the way he did the game before. The defence also sucked on the recap not alot of physicality from what I saw in the recap….I always questions how well this team plays in front of Ward for whatever reason…..I guess they are used to a two time Stanley Cup Champion in Crawford. Crow hope you get better…..Delia needs more ice time… Colliton not sure why we needed to see more Ward again so soon after Delia’s performance???? Did the team dump here a little bit????

  32. Morrison- another kid to watch for Finland WJC-20’s…

    Anton Lundell- Draft 2020 … Kid is a beast- plays w/ Nordgren on Liiga team… good size and quick shot.

    Lafreniere and Lundell- will be two of the 2020 kids to watch….

  33. That’s tuff because unless we play same ufas and defensemen and were already not doing that. I am thinking we prob do not have a prayer for top 3 % pick next yr. Well be to good. If some way we could be, then I would be pumped for those players. Unless Crow cant play or wont and someone like 19 88 or other get hurt, short term so their ready for the next yr, after next yr, then yea.

    Then we could really load up, wind up, wait, then release.

  34. Miroslav and Wrap, good responses to my comments (and Hull’s) about Strome (and my comment about Perlini). Thankfully, Strome has been racking up points and will have a great career if he keeps this up. Just making observations about other parts of his game which need a lot of improvement. Hopefully, this will come with time and coaching. Perlini looks more like a project. He does have very good wheels. Maybe it’s a matter of getting more ice time and better coaching than what he received in Arizona.

    No reason to criticize decision to put Ward in there after Delia played two days earlier. Delia will get his starts. Although Gus, Dahl, and Forsling did not play well, keep the criticism in check, as well as other young players. This is a rebuild year. Best to let them play, make mistakes, and learn from them. The goal should be to lose bunches of 1 goal games to get a very high pick in the first two rounds and to get back into the playoffs next season.

  35. I’ll be disappointed if Delia doesn’t get the next start but I expected Ward to get the FLA start because he had played well in his previous two starts and he is the veteran

    Therefore he gets the chance to lose the net which based on the FLA game he did – he wasn’t terrible but below average

    That gives Colliton the room to put Delia in without insulting Ward and in the room I think Ward is well respected – it was the right call, Delia will have plenty of opportunity yet – his career is just getting started

  36. @Morrison

    neither I or the guy who called got a pic-I’m not sure a pic would have done it justice, I checked my phone logs it was actually closer to 5am. I just checked my sky map and looks like you’ll be able to see the same bright Venus this morning. Look in the south-east sky low on the horizon; if it’s anything like yesterday morning it will be the brightest thing in the sky. I presume the same can be said for the next few mornings at least.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  37. That’s cool man.
    Its neat to see things with new technology scopes compared to 50/100 yrs ago.
    Sometimes all you need is your own eyes and some smarts.

  38. Ah, I should add the most obvious thing that I neglected at the time; you know how the Moon looks bigger when it’s closer to the horizon? Same thing here for Venus, and the stars behind it certainly help.

  39. Can Entwistle #16
    Mitchell #5
    USA Barrett #17
    Swiss Kurashev #23
    Swe Boqvist #3
    Cze Galvas #10
    Fin Jokiharju #15
    Nordgren injured( one forward spot still open)

    Mitchell named one of Can captains, Others like Jokiharju, Boqvist and Galvas will be looked at to bring leadership too

    Galvas has recieved praise for his play in Czech league and heralded as the real thing.
    Nalimov play 2nd game for Avangard and made 13 of 14 stops for the win.
    Altybarmakyan after getting 1a in his 1st 16 khl games has 2g 1a in last 6 and 2g in last 4 games. Seems to be finding his game a bit.
    Maybe 3 prospects to watch in new year.

  40. Wall Lafreniere the complete package, probably at just 17 may not stand ot wjc as much as say next year.
    Lundell a goal scorer with smarts. Watch his skating,working at improving on that to play higher levels, saying he is showing results of his work.

  41. I’ve read comments that Kakko reminds people of Hossa the way he uses his strength to control and shield the puck. It will be fun to watch him in the tourney with visions of him playing on Toews’ RW next season – maybe having a Saad-Toews-Kakko line.

    Then the cherry on top would be to get Lafreniere in the 2020 draft to be the big future #1 center.

  42. Didn’t Lafreniere just miss being in this year’s draft and then it would have been who goes # 1 this year?
    It will be interesting to see Bouchard vs. Boqvuist as the Hawks had the ability to get either. I’m surprised how good Bouchard skates for a bigger guy

  43. When ever people say anything else/more is cherry on top it usually doesn’t happen.

    Lets if Crow doesn’t play this yr or next yr/large enough part of next yr, (or 19/88) then we earned the right to get Lafreniere. Like getting 19 and 88. It happened.

    With these good young players starting to come in/adding a top 6 FW ufa, we sure we have a chance to not automatically get 11 pick or higher since we be that much better.

    If were going to do it, its the best time. With where core is at and how many yrs they have. The younger half of core has plenty yrs. Not knowing again on Crow. Playing good at times and winning with losing enough to be right there for top 5 skill.

    Can we take another yr of not being a top 10 on our way to top 5 team, for another yr to stack roster.

  44. Thaught that to and both guys have similar points/games played. It not only about the points.

    Yea I couldn’t find Buckaroos number the other day.

  45. It did make me wonder other day would we have picked Hughes or Boqvist if both were available. We wanted Boqvist more then Bouchard.

  46. Nordgren will wear #9 if he plays – hope he does

    Hawks are well represented in this tourney – should be fun watching plus speculating on who they could take in the 2019 draft

  47. Merry Xmas to all Blackhawks fans!
    And especially for our own Santa Bowman, who wishes he can get interest in trading Manning away from Chicago! Oh yeah Stan, with that salary you gave the 7th dman from Philly, I think you can be sure Manning will be in Chicago for another season! Thx Santa, and thx Scotty!

  48. In 2yrs and on from now, we should wear 3rd jerseys again for some games. Make them the ones from the early yrs when they were black and white.

  49. Barratt with the winner. Boqvist with a couple of helpers so far. Entwistle with the pivotal 14th goal for Canada.

  50. Great day wjc for prospects.
    1st game Kurashev 1a on Swiss only goal and Galvas 1a to help Czechs.
    2nd game Barrett 7 shots 1g gwg player of game.
    3rd game Entwistle 1g and gard work on pk, Mitchell 2a and big minutes logged.
    4th game after 2pds. Boqvist 2a both qbing pp, Jokiharju playing top pair and no 1 pk unit and no.2 pp unit.

  51. Merry Christmas to all!!! I can watch this over and over again. Still don’t understand the waived off goal to this day. However the goal by Hammer and Seabs puts a smile on my face and an even bigger one watching Bolland wreck Nyquist.

  52. Those Flatlanders had to commit 40 penaltys a game to stay with us. (which got them ahead and couldn’t keep us down with that advantage they gave them).

    That was the end of the red coats. The tucked tail and run to east conference, instead of take their licks for the next 20yrs in cambell conference. Bunch of puussys.

  53. Evan Barrat also provided the screen on the game tying goal. Problem is he’s in front of the net for I don’t know how many shifts in the game the NHL season is 82 games…..if you just play the regular season.

  54. @knox are you sure that isn’t a #65 Shaw highlight reel aside from the Handzus to Hossa to Sharp goal? Then of course the Hjarlmasson game winner…no wait….it was the Seabrook game winner.

  55. The refs tried their best.
    Should have a 5-10 ref black ball list for every team, so that list cant ref any game with that team.

  56. Watched the third of SWE – FIN and it seemed that Boquist wasn’t getting that much ice as the Swedes tried to protect their lead – something to watch for

    Good for Barratt and good for the Hawks – I didn’t expect this type of season from him – let’s hope he’s the real deal

  57. Boqvist isn’t on Team Canada to be a shutdown d-man. He did fine in the d-zone throughout the game and did very well jumping in on the attack. He is an unfinished product but he showed very well yesterday.

    The guy I was most interested to see was Kakko and I came away very impressed. A guy with that size and skill that is near impossible to knock off the puck is going to be a very good player in the NHL. Jack Hughes skates on another level than pretty much everyone else but I wouldn’t be disappointed at all to end up with Kakko rather than Hughes in the draft. In fact my ideal draft situation would be for the Hawks and Nucks to finish #1/#2 and for them to swap picks so the Nucks can get Hughes and get another brother combo going for the price of the #2 pick and their 2nd rounder. Then the Hawks get Kakko and the Nucks 2nd rounder.

  58. ER, that’s a good route to take. These guys are both good and even the other top 5 skill are players like Boqvist, whos only 17 and this should be his draft yr.
    Still want one of those two guys if they are ‘the’ players of that kind.
    The extra late 1st/early 2nd could trade up with another 2nd from 15 and get a certain player depending on whos there and who we want.
    Having 4 top 35 picks with a top 5 skill/let alone one of those two is the way to reloading.

  59. Interested to see how that 4th line does – not a typical crash and bang 4th line but maybe they can contribute something playing vs 3rd pair D men and opposing 4th line

  60. Thanks ER – didn’t see the first 2 periods of Sweden’s game – good to hear that Boquist acquitted himself well in the D zone

  61. We need more size and tuffness, like Shawzers.

    Those yrs more teams were big and physical then now/going forward. BOS was one of the biggest and sort of dirty (Not VAN level) like STL ANA and LA and those teams still havnt transitioned yet to a better mix, like BOS has. BOS did and they are a top 10 teams again.
    We donot want to just be top 10 again, we want one of the two best again. Where TB NAS and now WIN are last couple/few yrs.

    It can be good timing, those teams will have been there for 5-8 yrs by the time were back and they can be worn and not care as much then, like what happened to us. They be other top teams in 2/3 yrs from now, when were back to having a stacked roster again.

  62. I thought it was after the Teravainen birthday deadline in the fall. I know theres only 2-5 mths diff from those guys birthdays and lots of other players in draft.
    Anyone close enough to birthday deadline though.

  63. Can we find someone who can skate better than Kahun? Watching him trying to move up the ice is agonizing. He is a 4th line player at best playing on a 1st line?
    Sikura is too small and not an NHL top 9 either but he can skate. WOW!!!
    Thx Bowman, and thx for getting a 40 year old STROME trying to catch up to Kane!
    KURASHEV can skate and shoot.

  64. Either get the CAT back with Toews and SAAD or call Patrick Sharp to suit up again because he can still skate and shoot better than half of these guys.

  65. THX DALE for drafting number 88! Thank God he is still a Hawk.
    Thx Bowman for Bouma, Franson, Osterle, Ward, Rutta, Davidson, Sikura, Hayden, Kunitz, Manning, Forsling, Kahun, Kruger, Kampf, Strome and Perlini.

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