Young Blackhawks Fall In Preseason Opener

It took a couple extra minutes in overtime but the Washington Capitals defeated the Blackhawks 4-3 in the first preseason game for both teams.

But the young Hawks showed some of their tremendous ability in their first action of the new year.

Aleksi Saarela scored in the first to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.

Alex Nylander and Erik Gustafsson had the assists on the Saarela goal.

Nylander scored his first goal with the Blackhawks in the second. He screened in front of the net and caught a hot pass from Adam Boqvist before roofing a backhand shot into the net to give Chicago a 2-1 lead.

Then Boqvist showed off the playmaking skill that makes scouts drool with a nifty move. He came out from behind the net and sniped home his first of the preseason.

Collin Delia allowed four goals against 29 shots in the loss.

8 thoughts on “Young Blackhawks Fall In Preseason Opener

  1. Didn’t get to see game, sounds like a successful 1st pre season game, bubble players passed 1st test. Boqvist and Nylander impressed. Kampf and Saarela with Nykander was best line. Carpenter strong on the dot. Saw highlight of winning goal, Sikura not going to play defense or 3 on 3 either much, so didn’t mean much, see he got primary assist on Boqvist goal.

    Tomorrow night see how Kubalik, Kurashev, Entwistle, Hagel, Johnson, Hakkaraimen, Soderlund , Fortin and other Sikura does.

  2. Nylander’s ceiling is pretty high. Only one pre-season game and one scrimmage but with really positive influences around him, he might develop into a stud.

  3. Only first game – so too soon for an assessment, but here are some first game observations:

    Liked what I saw: Boqvist, Nylander, Gustafsson, Saarela, Highmore, Sikura

    Didn’t like what I saw: Dahlstrom, Koekkoek, Versteeg

    Need to see more: Beaudin, Kampf, Carpenter, Gilbert, Wedin

  4. Checked in on the game while channel surfing, seemed every time I did Perlini was on the ice.

    For a player on a 1 year “show us what you got” deal he sure seemed disinterested in what was going on…

    Dare I say he was lazy on a few attempts to play the puck…

    I don’t get it… ???

  5. My post-game thoughts

    Early returns on Nylander are very promising – he keeps playing this way and he’ll be on the opening night roster

    Boquist for as good as he looks can’t beat the numbers game unless de Haan is not ready to go for game 1

    Also Wedin looks like he could play in the NHL – more skilled than I thought he’d be and big and fast and protects the puck well – seems like potentially a good 4th liner

    Smith – Kampf – Wedin could be a good 4th line

    Carpenter is a more traditional 4th liner but looks slower and less skilled than Wedin although he takes FOs and PKs – not sure if Wedin PKs

    I’m not down with giving a player an every day spot in the line up just for 4th line FOs – maybe for PKing if he’s really good but not for FOs

  6. Sounds like Nylander Wedin playing good or are good. Perlini not playing? good.

    Thought somewhere said WAS had mostly AHL / prospects players to, so seems equal rosters there.

    BoQ shot is sick, like how Sharpys shot was at times. One thing that makes him lethal like that is hes coming from the blue line and teams arnt expecting that. Theres only so many Defensemen in the league that can do that and he is going to be one of them. Huge to have once hes established.

    These guys did good scoring first, being up 2-1 and then tying game 3-3 when down, got the tie, then 3 on 3 OT not 5 on 5 OT which is a gimmick. Cant look into record or results, that way, in preseason games. What matters is the play and how these guys play respond when score is what its at. In that terms this was good. 5 more to go.

  7. Still not impressed by lightweight Sikura. Too weak, he’s an AHL player, period. Quenneville much more solid on his skates, holds on to the puck, is wide and good skater. Wedin, a little slow, an AHL player as well. Saarela has good hockey sense, good skater, strong on the puck.
    Apart from the glove save, Delia flopping around his crease. Could have used a Crow or Fleury poke check on that OT goal. Poor Sikura.
    Liked Beaudin and Boqvist. And if Nylander decides he can take the hits and play a 200′ game, he has the potential to score 20-25 goals.

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