Blackhawks Announce 2017 Training Camp Roster
On Monday morning the Chicago Blackhawks announced the players invited to training camp in advance of the 2017-18 season.
Here are the names of players who will be in Chicago later this week.
Veteran Free Agents
Veteran Free Agents
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I wonder if Rozy is having post concussion symptoms if Stuart could be the 7th d-man in the press box as insurance the kids.
Mitchell not a speedster but 55.3 % on faceoffs last year and over 50% for his career.
I think it’s time for Rosival to be in another position with the Hawks like some kind of coaching position or community consultant. I would rather see a younger player on the roster than TooToo.
Mitchell brings the same production Kruger does on a would be minimum salary. Not as fast. Bigger. Better at the dot. 4th liner. Only 37 seconds pk time per game compared to Kruger’s 2:13. Kruger slightly better posession numbers…but it was Colorado.
Mitchell in 15/16 averaged 2:01 in shorthanded time per game, which led Avalanche forwards. A coaching change is probably why the drop off. So he is capable of killing penalties, and he is capable of winning draws. In 15/16 he was 48.9%
Good points Ogie.
Bowman was in a big hurry like there were suitors lined up to sign Bouma & Wingels, who do/add nothing (in general) to the faceoff quagmire. Not that John Mitchell is any great shakes, but at least he is a proven, capable center who can take faceoffs and kill penalties. He actually has scored double digits in goals most seasons in his career. He could have signed him — or better yet Nate Thompson — and PTO’ed Bouma & Wingels.
Bouma is a glorified version of Bollig and Mashinter, who coincidentally are both w/ San Jose now. Doug Wilson must be hitting the bottle.
ICEMAN – it is a collection of highlights and from two seasons ago, but to me, Bouma looks a LOT better than Bollig or Mashinter.
Probably a long shot at best with Kero and Dauphin already signed.
Dickie, thanks for the highlight reel post. He had a flash-in-the-pan season, and Calgary signed him to ridiculous seven figure contract.
I hope I’m wrong, but I watch a lot of west coast games during the season, Bouma has been an anchor in Calgary the last two seasons. We’ll see.
Iceman — thank you…I don’t see many games bits and pieces) other than all of the Hawks games. I’m hoping Bouma and Wingels bring some of that “tough to play against” that the coaching staff and Stan B. like to talk about. It would seem that faceoffs will still be a problem unless Kero improved or Dauphin is good at them. Maybe Mitchell plays his way onto the team? Who knows – but most PTOs don’t. I will believe positive until the Hawks prove otherwise.
PTO s in a tough spot with only room for 5 more contracts. One for Franson and need to save a cou9le of spots for trades. Likely keep one open so Sikura have same option as Hayden last year. That leaves one more spot for PTOs, unsigned prospects and Europeans to look at too.
Young Hawks won 9-2 over carolina tonight …Snug …4 Pts
Ian, tx for the contract info. What if Bouma and/or Wingels clear waivers and are sent to Rockford (or better yet simply home), do their contracts (not cap hit related) still count among the alloted total?
50 total under contract to Blackhawks whether on NHL roster or in Minors only ones that don’t are 18 and 19 year olds returned to their Junior teams.
Caught most of the 3rd of Prospect game tonite…
Fortin and Kampf- are Excellent forecheckers/skaters… both are quick/agile/non-stop… these two have a great shot of making the team in the near future… watching them hound the other team up ice… kinda reminds me of 2015 – Kruger/Bolly/Frolik
Kampf- while on the PK- 1 on 3 – kept the Canes in their own zone for like 30 seconds straight
If Hawks want to get faster- Kampf and Fortin should make this roster…
But maybe too many contracts/politics in the way… so they will “develop” them down in Rock??? Hoping both have a great training camp!
Hawks were on PK early in period… and one thing I noticed- Hawks were much more aggressive in pressuring the points and puck versus the NHL Hawks from years past… it will be interesting to see if this is a Team/change in Philosophy- or just what they are asking the kids to do…
Cramarossa kid- hard working- kinda has some Shaw/Fortin in him… Probably gonna get signed.
I caught some of the game as well. Total domination. The young Hawk forwards are fast fast fast. They seemingly either had the puck or were pressuring the puck relentlessly.
You can tell the defensemen have been coached to get it and move it quickly.
Lot to like.
Thanks for the updates Wall and Craig. Gotta say Wall what you say is your own opinion not what you read and claim it.
Bolland and Frolik weren’t on the Hawks in 2015. Last game was 2013.
Wall, Craig or others-are you seeing anyone who can play a power forward role with some offensive upside– with more size than Hartman? Really him and Shaw are about the same size, although Hartman stronger.
More in the Tkachuk to Crouse size range.
Hawks were 29th in faceoff percentage last year at 47.5%
Penguins were 28th at 47.6%
Avalanche were 2nd at 53.6%
Flyers were 5th
Red Wings were 6th
Canucks were 9th
just sayin ……………
Ogie- thx for the correction- year… my Bad!
But- you get the point… I always loved both those guys- especially Frolik…
Hawks haven’t had a guy who forechecked like him since… Frolik- could score close to 20g everywhere- except Chicago- where he was asked to do different job… and did it very well…
The Rat- Bolly- re-watch the Hawks 2013 Cup run… Bolly- factors into so many BIG plays- in that Cup run…
I am really- hoping Fortin/Kampf – have that “Game IQ/Instinct” that Bolly had…
They appear to Versus- Prospects- to be ++ skaters… Like a Frolik.
I only- use Bolly/Frolik as comparisons/references… of course these are different players…. AND of course they are Only doing it versus other Prospects- at this point in time.
Wall – interesting comment re:PK strategy. I have hated our passive “rope a dope” of recent years and hope the organization is considering a more aggressive approach.
Any comment on Snuggerud from last night? Five points from a d-man (none from empty net goals) is a pretty impressive achievement at any level.
MS- On Snuggy- end of 2nd – had a nice PP slap shot go in…
3rd period- pretty much garbage time… scored on a nice feed from Fortin ( I think)…
Could be wrong – but I think Fortin stole puck on forecheck… and Snuggy jumped in and up quickly for shot from in between circles…
Besides – noticeable attacking PK philosophy…
I have been quite shocked on how the D-men have been Jumping up into plays and scoring from below the circles in this Tourney… It’s almost like watching Jossi (preds) or Hedman (Bolts)….
Hawks always like to bring D up… But what really has allowed this in this tourney- is the Relentless Forecheck… Led by Both Kampf and Fortin!!!
IMO- the forecheck… has been missing last few years… ( as well as clean breaks out of D zone)
On the negative side… couple times I have seen both Dahlstrom and Press get turn-styled at the Hawks Blue line – trying to stand up the O… that will get them a one way ticket to Rockford w/ Q.
Concur with everything Wall is saying. The forecheck has really stuck out to me and the team speed.
It looks like the Hawks opponents are playing pickup hockey with no real system, whereas the Hawks are pursuing the puck all over the ice and making really good short crisp passes.
Fortin, Kampf, Debrincat have all looked excellent.
On the size question. Bondra has it in spades and he has looked very willing to go in the greasy areas. He is not dominant but this is a level up for him. Iocopelli has looked okay positionally but has not really stood out. This will be his first year pro so we will see how quickly he adjusts.
Regarding pk philosophy… See Kitchen, Mike.
Young Hawks wins 3-2 in overtime …..
Dcat 2 more goals
1st one lifted stick, stole puck, snipe
Game winner in OT
Snuggy blasted over net… puck bounced over goal. .. and Dcat batted it in.
Fortin can fly…
Knott might be an assett in couple years
They beat a good group of forward prospects from jackets…
I only caught last periods… but hawks didnt let jackets generate much in what i saw…
Gonna b a fun year in Rockford
Team and coaching …
Tons of speed… and excitement coming…
And Hino, Dauphin, and hayden might be not even make Hawks …
SB… gonna have some trade chips this tdl.
HOGS gonna have more talent then the 4th line Hawks start this year… due to contracts
Wow the ‘novelty act’ continues to score? How does that happen?
Nice to hear some real optimism.
I saw the 3rd period of Game#3 and the entire championship game. Some very positive takeaways:
DeBrincat had something to prove after a sub-par rookie camp and he more than answered the bell. He may not make the team out of training camp but my bet is that he’ll be on the team before the end of the season.
Fortin didn’t score a goal but he was all over the ice and a difference maker with his speed. He will be a solid player for the Hawks sooner than later.
Kampf is bigger than I thought and a good skater. Solid player and had a couple amazing shifts on the PK.
There were a few other forwards who had moments but not at the same level of DeBrincat, Fortin and Kampf.
On D, Snuggerud and Press were very good and Dahlstrom and Raddysh were pretty good too. I doubt any of them make the Hawks this year but those 4 will greatly improve the Hogs d-corps.
Can’t say much about the goalies only because the lone camera was center ice and there were usually players in front of the goalie as shots were put on net – so I couldn’t see the goalie making the save to get a feel for how good the goalies were.
Overall – a very positive tournament for Hawks and Hogs fans.
Agree 100% with Ebony Raptor.
Fortin looked like a world beater out there. He gets the puck and takes it North/South with passion and purpose. He dominated in terms of possession at times.
Kampf once again was hard on the puck all over the ice. He knows exactly what he is doing as a Center.
Debrincat is a sniper, pure and simple. Underestimate this cat (pun intended) at your own risk. He reminds of a smaller Brett Hull. He lurks and lurks around the offensive zone, then when the puck comes to him. Bam ! He fires it with tons on it. That’s unteachable.
On defense :
Luc Snuggerud = A+. Best player in the tournament in my opinion. Great decisions in the offensive zone. Fantastic at winning puck races in transition to defense. Also very aggressive in his own zone. This kid is going to be a 5th round steal. He will play 20+minutes a night in the NHL.
Press – really long stick, loves to fire the puck and very solid defensively.
Raddysh – great punching and offensive instincts. Much better than advertised on defense. Not afraid to lay the body and rub guys out.
Dahlstrom – pretty solid all around. He seemed real comfortable jumping into the offense from the blue line and was calling for the puck which is a clear show of confidence. My grade on him would be a good solid B or B+. He played a lot of minutes and deservedly so.
One thing all the players seem to get is pace,pace,pace. The Hawks played extremely fast and to me that’s what won them the tournament.
Thanks guys great observations. I hope Fortin makes roster to start year and Debrincat continues impressing in Rockford to start season. Good to hear some D options may be coming in a year or two.
Hogs gonna be faster/younger/deepest in years…
still has me thinking of the Contracts/politics of making the NHL team… I really hope Hawks struggle a little first few months… which will allow – for promotions of some of the young prospects (who will earn/deserve time over the NHL veterans who are career 4th liners) (Tootoo/Wingels/Bouma/Kero (Not veteran-but career 4th-liner?) )
Hawks brass was fooled last year by record/regular season (I wasn’t)… and thought they were better than they were…
Hogs- while their are no Kane’s in this group… I really feel like they have lots of “Shaw” like types ( not in style) but… IQ, work ethic, skating, and lastly better than average skill…
Basically saying- if these 4th line vets are skating like Desi 2015 – fine… if they are skating like Desi 2017 …. time to turn it over to the Prospects- who might make some mistakes… but will do it quickly… and hopefully learn from them… and add some excitement to the roster.
Nice to hear that the 211th pick in the draft, Press, might have a shot making the NHL one day.
Craig-Raddysh won the best defensive d-man in the OHL two years ago ( won the best offensive one last year) He has always been overshadowed by players on his team-he played midget with McDavid, Bennett and Ho-Sang. Wasn’t sure about how his foot speed would translate against better skating-but he can play, and move the puck quickly.
Him and D-Cat back together in Rockford, if that happens, will be fun.
The problem with making assessments from prospect or junior tournaments is the speed factor. NHL players are quicker/faster than the majority of players in a prospects tournament. So while you can assess many aspects of a player’s game, how that player, like Raddysh, will do against NHL caliber players. Raddysh is a very nice player, he knows how to play the game but his lack of quickness/speed may prevent him from ever sniffing a regular season NHL game. I’m hoping he makes it.
Wall. You are a complete clown. You said:
“Hawks brass was fooled last year by record/regular season (I wasn’t)… and thought they were better than they were…”
What a complete joke. You are no Nostradamus! You are wrong almost all the time. Last year you said the hawks probably wouldn’t make the playoffs. they would be SELLERS at the trading deadline, etc. All they did was have the most points in the Western Conference!
Also, you did NOT predict that the hawks would lose in the first round either. You are a complete joke.
Nooooo…not that A Hole again……kick the idiot now please…
Troll wake up. Troll come and do troll stuff. Ug.
Wow the idiot brigade is out in force tonight. What did I say that wasn’t true! You can’t handle the truth.
You have one mission in posting here and one mission only, and that’s to attack another poster. This is just an internet hockey blog – nothing posted on here should cause such anger. It’s not good for you and you’re being foolish. Plus it’s tedious for the rest of us.
The idiot is brainless so he cant understand plus he is not here to talk about hockey he is here because he has no life and whant to get attention …he is alone with no friends …
SHARP TOEWS PANIK
SAAD SCHMALTZ KANE
JURCO ANISIMOV HARTMAN
FORTIN DAUPHIN HAYDEN
(BOUMA) (KEMPF) ( VINNY )
(KEMPNY) ( RUTTA)
Please no more talk about a 5”6″ DeBrinkat. Let him try to score goals in AHL and sell tickets for ROCKFORD. Need to give JURCO a chance! If he does not to well, KNOTT should get a shot at Left Wing!!!
Send KERO in AHL for good! Waive BOUMA and WINGELS!!! Never understood those signings by BOWMAN!!!!
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