Blackhawks Announce Prospect Tournament Roster

On Wednesday the Blackhawks released the roster for their upcoming prospect tournament.

There are some free agents on the roster, and some of the organization’s top defensemen will be there. Dylan Sikura is expected to get a great chance to make the NHL roster and will be there as well.

99 thoughts on “Blackhawks Announce Prospect Tournament Roster

  • August 29, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Still no Altybarmakyan. Looks like he has no interest in playing for us.

  • August 29, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Altybarmakan is under contract to khl so he is not allowed to participate. Thats why having no transfer agreement between leagues makes it more difficult.

  • August 29, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    WHOA! Very stoked by this roster – especially the d-men. All the Hawks best d-prospects are there with the exception of the NCAA guys (Mitchell/Krys). If you add Mitchell to the d-men going the Traverse City and you could be looking at the Hawks d-corps in a few years:


    The forward group doesn’t have as many future NHL (potential) star players as the defensive group does but it’s got three guys who almost certain to play for the Hawks this year, if not make the team out of camp – Sikura, Kahun and Ejdsell. Plus some guys with good to very good potential:

    Fortin – great speed and skill – needs to get confidence and consistency.
    Entwistle – good size and skates well for a big guy. Still pretty lanky – needs to fill out and maintain skating quickness.
    Noel – another guy with good speed and skills that has been hurt by injuries. Lots of potential that needs to stay healthy and gain confidence and consistency.
    Maksimovich – very quick and lots of skill – but he’s another small guy. Was DCat’s team mate at Erie a couple years ago and played a big role in the CHL playoffs.

    Don’t know much about the goalies – but very excited to see a bunch of future Hawks playing together. Only 9 more days!

  • August 29, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    EB good review, i envy you being able to get there, would like to be able to attend.
    As for goalies Gravel is labelled a real prospect as for Marchand and Lankinen not sure how much potential is there.

  • August 29, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Ian, unfortunately I didn’t mean “see the tourney” in the literal sense – hear reports and possibly see some video is what I meant. But yeah – it would be nice to actually be there and see it live.

  • August 29, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I’m guessing none of the games will be televised? If I’m incorrect please post some info on where and how to watch. Thanks.

  • August 29, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Forwards Lines?

    Extras 38/53

    D pairings?

    34.33 & 80

  • August 29, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Surprise? that more Europeans who should be available like, Soderlund, Galvas, Nordgren, Peeters and From aren’t there. Ncaa players be back to school so not available.
    Wonder how they pick under contract players are chosen by who it benfits most , maybe, i can see wanting to look at players just signed over summer or in late spring. But why do Fortin, Noel, Knott and Bondra go and Louis, Johnson, Highmore don’t. Snuggerud most organizational experience so see that for dmen.

  • August 29, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    @IAN I agree I’m surprised by no soderlund, galvas, laavainen since they were drafted a year ago. Maybe their league is already in camp. Both Shl and Czech. I believe nordgren was injured before prospect camp. So might still be out. From and John Dahlstrom I wonder if the organization has already seen enough of them, good or bad.
    Peters and slavin are in ushl I believe. So they should be in camp already with their respective teams.

  • August 29, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    As far as Louis, Johnson, and Highmore they probably feel comfortable with them at this point where they might be some of the first call ups.
    Carl Dahlstrom also.
    Iacopelli, Snuggerud raddysh I’m wondering why they aren’t there potentially.

  • August 29, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Keep in mind last year, Snuggerud was far and away the best defenseman. He had a fabulous tournament and almost looked NHL-ready. He then had an injury plagued season that set him back badly. Fortin was the best forward at the tournament for the Hawks last year and had an injury plagued season at Rockford, that set him back as well. Robin Press was one of the better defenseman for the Hawks at tourney last year and is now gone from the organization.

  • August 29, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Craig N- gotta disagree on Fortin being best player last year Tourney…

    D-cat, Kampf and Highmore were better—imo

    Maksimovich- was decent to

    It will be interesting— last year’s team – had tenacity on fore-check… Champions

    this year’s team– looks way more experienced… and way more skilled on paper

    Will they WIN??? On paper- way better than last year’s squad

  • August 30, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Safe to say, Kahun, Nilsson, Ejdsell will have to make excellent impressions to have any chance of making the Hawk roster. To me it’s more of a pre-curser to the main camp to see who has a shot at making it and which prospects stand out.

  • August 30, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Agree Mrfenn92 that alot may be already in camps but CHL players like Gravel, Beaudin, Boqvist and Entwistle plus other invites already in camp for their teams since a couple of weeks. Maybe like Craig said deprnds on who is going to training camp right after too, so they get an extra look. Quite probably as you said about Highmore, Louis and Johnson they already comfortable with where they are on depth list now. Forgot about Slavin and Laavinen but the Dahlstroms seem at this point like their window may be gone. Heard Nordgren was hurt but nothing seems to be available on it that i can see.

  • August 30, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Nordgren was injured in the JRs tourney last month. I think I read it was a lower body injury that would keep him out a few months. He missed the last game or two of the tourney.

    It seems players in Europe rarely, if ever, go to Traverse City and my assumption is their leagues are already in training camp and they don’t want their player to miss what would be over a week when travel is included. It’s not as disruptive for CHL players. School has already started so NCAA players can’t go.

  • August 30, 2018 at 9:43 am

    You may be right about the european players EB, the only one i can of last couple of years is John Dahlstrom and that may the year he was in WHL. NCAA are not allowed to go but notice that Marchand who plays university hockeyat St. F. X. in Nova Scotia is attending.

  • August 30, 2018 at 10:58 am

    See where Soderlund is playing on top line of team in swedish elite league. Which should be precursor to signing an elc in the spring or sooner.

  • August 30, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Ian, where did you see the info on Soderlund? I’d be interested in following a website that provides info on SHL/SEL.

  • August 30, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    EB it was a 2nd city article, siud he would play on Frolunda top line replacing Olovsson who was leading scorer last year. Also said Soderlund would play in champions league tourney that runs until October and Nordgren could play on Finland team in tourney.

  • August 31, 2018 at 11:13 am

    On another subject – has there been any report of Crow on the ice?

  • August 31, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Waite said he would need at least 2 weeks on the ice to be ready for training camp. So should be getting on around now at latest.

  • August 31, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I got to go see that lady again. She what her son found out from Trevor.

  • August 31, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Here’s a thought. Since Stan and company have refurbished the pipeline on Defense:

    With Boqvist, Beaudin, Jokiharju, Mitchell, Krys and L.Carlsson, that’s 6 guys expected to be NHLers. Add Gilbert, Snuggerud, Hillman, Tuollola, Ess, Galvas, Shea Raddysh and Dahlstrom. That’s 15 defensemen total in terms of prospects.
    If the Hawks develop just 1/3rd of them into NHLers, 5 guys, they should have quite a pipeline of home grown defensemen.
    The odds seem pretty good. We just need a couple of these guys to be a home run.

  • September 1, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I think that’s the logic of getting more then ‘needed’ Defenseman and not big large FWs. Load up the right way and do it overkill. That way you have more top pair and top 4 results then drafting an equal amount for every position. D is what we need the most, besides that, loading one area that strong is a strategy.

    Similar to NAS, they didn’t/wernt world beaters overnight. Didn’t have a dynasty core group of good guys/that were winners. They humpty dumpty with overkill D and got that foundation, then there were a top 10/5 and now 2 team. Just because of overkilling the D like that.

  • September 1, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Good point guys and now heading into drafts that are deeper on forwards, especially centers next year.

  • September 1, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Realistically, St. Louis, Nashville and Winnipeg will likely be in the top 3 in our division. Us, Dallas, Minnesota and Colorado will all be scrambling for a wild card spot.
    This might make the trading deadline tricky. “Buying” to get to 8th could be foolish in a sellers market. Especially if Crawford is not healthy enough to lead the Hawks on a playoff run.
    Selling at the deadline could be very lucrative. Add picks in the 2019 and go heavy on forwards. Cap room for free agency on July 1 as well.
    Lots to look forward to.

  • September 1, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    While I agree with the draft strategy to not take a goalie in the 1st round, and probably not even in the 2nd round. Projecting what an 18 year old goalie will end up being is more of a crap shoot than projecting forwards and d-men. And, I agree to focus on forwards next draft – especially centers … but only in the 1st and 2nd round … maybe the 3rd round too if a guy too good to pass up is available – but then draft goalie after goalie after goalie after goalie and hope one or more of them develop into a suitable replacement for Crawford.

  • September 1, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Wise is going to make up for FW and then some.

  • September 1, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Were really in a good spot, this yr and last.
    Well know were we are record wise and what to do.
    Crow is the man.
    Do we have guys like 38, 6, 57 this yr, not seeing those kind of guys though.

  • September 1, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Not much there. And to think players like Fortin, Knott and Iacopelli had a total of how many goals last year? 4 + 4 + 9?

    Today I heard Caps signed a player from the KHL? How have they kept their core of well payed players for over 10 years, finally win a cup and still re-sign players and add free agents, rookies, etc. Meanwhile our GM gutted everything!

  • September 1, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Caps got there work cut out the next 3 or 4 years. Half the roster is on 1 year contracts and filling and maintaing next year with no raises will be hard to do. Backstrom and Holty due extensions in 2 yrs. then Ovvie and Niskanin the next year. After they win a couple of more cups then compare apples to apples.

  • September 1, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    That Tom Wilson contract….woof

  • September 2, 2018 at 9:56 am

    PIT and WAS are benefish of teams like TB and SJ from the past.
    They shouldn’t have won, did, and only because of other teams/watereddowned.
    Once these blimps are back to normal those teams just cant.
    Theres a reason why BOS smeared PIT like a piece of. They couldn’t compete with the big boys, when the league isint watered down.

    So glad we always won against other top teams of this 20yr period.

  • September 2, 2018 at 9:58 am

    NHL teams can now sell ad space on ice outside the trapezoid and not just the 4 spots in the neutral zone.

  • September 2, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Go be like watched international hockey soon, ads on uniforms, boards and all over the ice.

  • September 2, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Just make poor market teams move.
    This is as stupid as the collars.

  • September 3, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Boy do we need some games.

  • September 3, 2018 at 8:47 am

    The 25 25 list past time.

  • September 3, 2018 at 10:14 am

    4 more days until Traverse City tourney begins … the finish line is in sight … c’mon boys-n-girls – we can make it.

    Has anyone figured out if the games will be viewable/streamed?

  • September 3, 2018 at 11:21 am
    Permalink but probably have to pay to warch theirs.

  • September 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Emelin goes with Steeger.

    Someone should compile a list of ufa and players/teams that cant keep everyone before opening day.

  • September 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Mo as far as qo for rfa goes, even if they wanted too which is unlikely, without their own 3rd rd. pick next year and roughly 6m in cap space they are only able to do less than 1.2m or between 2 and 4m give or take. Trade be needed there.
    The ufa pool doesn’t have much in the way of big names left. Unless its a trade which that fits long term, may not happen this year.

  • September 3, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    I hope Knott, Fortin ans Iacopelli show something this year.

  • September 3, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    I hope we see Fortin-Kahun-Sikura together on a line. Sikura’s passing and Fortin’s speed could create some nice breakouts for Fortin. Kahun is supposed to have pretty good wheels too so that has the potential to be fast break line.

    On D – put Hillman-Joki as one pair as they are the two most probable to play with the Hawks this season. Maybe they can get a head start on building some chemistry.

    The 2018 1st round draft pick pairing – Beaudin-Boqvist would be cool to see.

  • September 3, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I see that the Capitals have signed Shumakov to a one year , two way contract for $925,000. It was noted on Second City Hockey that the Hawks had no interest in him. 25 years old , lot`s of skill. Right winger that likes to shoot from the off wing. Saw some video on his one timers, looked familiar. Hard to imagine for so little money why they wouldn`t have taken a flyer on him. Play him with Anisimov on the third line?

  • September 3, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    They maý have passed because alot of their performance bonus space is used and would have to resign him again sfter this season with other rfas which could use up alot of room next year already.

  • September 3, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks Ian. I would have taken a chance on this guy vs giving a roster spot to a 39 year old Kunitz on a one way contract with a no trade clause.

  • September 3, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Maybe we know Shalunov is better and is coming and will be more ready then that guy in a yr, when it matters.

  • September 4, 2018 at 5:59 am

    You know the old saying Mo, a bird in the hand us worth 2 in the bush.

  • September 4, 2018 at 7:44 am

    I could be wrong but I thought Shalunov isn’t coming over until after his current KHL contract expires which I thought was after the 2019/20 season – meaning he won’t be on the Hawks next season, it will be the season after – the 2020/21 season.

  • September 4, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Thats what i read too EB.

  • September 4, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I have no info on, next yr. Just saying he could be part of reason.

  • September 4, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Speaking of Shalunov – the KHL season has started and Shalunov’s team (CSKA Moscow) is 1-1 with Shalunov not denting the score sheet so far. He is playing 3C.

  • September 4, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Who knew ER knew Turkish??

  • September 4, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    It’s been said before that I’m kind of a turkey ;=)

  • September 5, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Why all the hating on Kunitz…???

    I’m telling you, he’s going to revive 19’s play just like he did for 87…..

    Or maybe not……

  • September 5, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Joey, In my opinion we already have more than enough vets. (see core)
    Instead of blocking the ice time of younger players at the NHL level
    why not give the much hungrier kids a chance to show what they have.

    Last year when I saw Patrick Sharp playing on the power play I would
    shake my head. This year Kunitz?? Come on.

  • September 5, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Most of Hawk fandom has spent at least a moment or two on possible line combinations for this coming season … well, maybe just us die hards, but I digress. The challenge is to find the best guy to be that 6th guy in the top-6 – not just from a pure talent assessment but from how his insertion would provide the most effective lines. Sikura, if he turns out to be as good as we hope, is the most offensively talented candidate to be that guy, but a compelling argument can be made he is better suited for 3rd line minutes, at least until he shows he can play 14-15 minutes a game before he’s asked to play 18-19 minutes.

    So that leaves us with the following, all of whom have some shortcomings of one type or another or there are extenuating circumstances: Anisimov, Hayden, Kahun, Ejdsell, Kunitz, and maybe one or two others.

    Let’s start by believing Q when he said he wants Saad to play with Schmaltz and Kane. That means Toews and DeBrincat are on the other line. DCat can play either wing so it doesn’t matter is the other guy is LW or RW.

    I think the best situation for Sikura on the 3rd line is to have Anisimov be his center. Anisimov knows how to play and where to go and will provide more open ice for Sikura to operate than a Kampf or Kahun. So let’s eliminate Anisimov from consideration.

    Toews is more of a grind it out puck possession center at this point so it’s best to have a linemate who complements that style of play. Neither Ejdsell or Kahun fit that description which leaves Hayden and Kunitz. Kunitz will be 39 when the season starts and it may be asking too much of a geezer to play top-6 minutes.

    That, by process of elimination, leaves Hayden. One thing we can be pretty certain of is Hayden’s work ethic. I have no doubt he trained and worked on those areas in need of improvement over the summer. The question is will it be enough of an improvement to make a difference on the ice? If he’s improved his quickness and burst he may not be such a bad option to play top-6 until Sikura is ready to replace him.


  • September 5, 2018 at 11:27 am

    @Stape – Satire my brother, satire…

  • September 5, 2018 at 11:27 am

    @Stape – Satire my brother, satire…

    Also I agree with you, let the young guys play.

  • September 5, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Hayden is a fringe NHL player. He should not get top 6 minutes

  • September 5, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    The thing with Knutz is people are just tired of older and players not fast.
    That’s what we have to do until were deep again.
    Those guys are part of being deep though.
    44and 11/26/91and80.

  • September 5, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    I guess I consider Hayden better than a “fringe NHL player”. Is he a prototypical top-6 player? No, but neither is any other player on the roster with the possible exception of Sikura and he and the team would probably better served for him to start his NHL career on the 3rd line.

  • September 5, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Being able to bring rick nash out of possible retirement would help fill out your roster nicely ebony. Would also be a decent stop gap for a player like sikura.

  • September 5, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    I agree that Nash would be a decent stop gap – if he can still play at a high level – but I doubt Nash would want to sign with the Hawks. From what I’ve read the problem with Nash is concussion related so if he decides to risk getting his brains further scrambled I would think he would want to sign with a contending team – which the Hawks are not.

  • September 5, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Found this interesting:


    231 5v5 minutes together
    62.40 CF%
    12 goals for and 10 allowed
    61.68% high danger chances for
    61.51% scoring chances for
    68.54% offensive zone faceoff%


    177 5v5 minutes together
    59.40 CF%
    9 goals for and 5 allowed
    56.15% high danger chances for
    57.52% scoring chances for
    83.90 offensive zone faceoff%

    Toews-DeBrincat (not accounting for 3rd linemate)

    361 5v5 minutes together
    64.09 CF%
    26 goals for and 13 allowed
    52.12% high danger chances for
    64.46% scoring chances for
    68.03 offensive zone faceoff%

    Schmaltz-DeBrincat (not accounting for 3rd linemate)

    259 5v5 minutes together
    57.43 CF%
    16 goals for and 13 allowed
    42.86% high danger chances for
    54.67% scoring chances for
    71.33 offensive zone faceoff%

  • September 5, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Hayden going to have to show he can be a bottom 6 forward and has a consistent offence first before getting much top 6 ice time. Who plays with Toews will depend on the kind of role the coaches want him to play. There was lots of talk about trying to change his role to make him more effective. Looking at those numbers EB he was effective with Debrincat but i can see a number of different wingers getting a look there such ad AA, Sikura Ejdsell or Kahun could all be effective with them if Saad and Kane aren’t there. Only see Kunitz as a blender setting during the game for a spark and not a solution there. Kunitz should be more effective as a winger on checking line or as support for younger guys on a 3rd offensive line kind of situation.

  • September 5, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Under the heading of wrong type of skills in the wrong era/or just not enough skill, maybe both
    Kyle Baun off to Ireland to play for the Belfast Giants. Smart, good size and genes on his side, but…

  • September 5, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Let’s take Q for his word.


    Before you continue with lineup construction I think you need to identify who plays center between Anisimov, Kampf, and Kruger. I’m not sure Kruger makes opening day roster. I know he had surgery, but he was sent down by Carolina and out up less than stellar AHL numbers. Let’s assume though that they want to better their possession numbers. That would mean 8,19,64, and 16 down the middle. I don’t think you put Anisimov with Toews. But I’m not sure you want Sikura with Debrincat, just because of size. This is why I fear they put Kunitz with 19 and 12. Ideally I think you put your most talented players together.

    Ejdsell,16, 40

    I think Kahun starts in the A.

    I also find it interesting we have heard nothing regarding a Schmaltz extension. It’s obvious he could be a 65 point player. He plays solid defense and was up their in takeaways. I wonder if that has anything to do with Bowman’s possible tenuous employment…or if it has anything to do with the possibility of another CBA dispute with the league and PA having opt out clauses in September 2019.

    Still a couple of interesting RFA’s out there. Nylander, Reinhart,Wood, Morrisey and Theodore.

    The Leafs aren’t going to be able to keep all of their guys with Tavares and Marleau and Matthews and Marner due next year. You wonder if they try to make a trade.

  • September 5, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    I didn’t think the opt-out year was as soon as summer 2019. Hopefully that’s correct and they break and renegotiate the CBA with another couple player buyouts as part of the new deal. Even if it means missed games in the 2019/20 season it could work to the Hawks advantage because realistically they wouldn’t be ready to compete until the 2020/21 season anyway. Buyout Seabrook and Anisimov and get $11.4M of cap space back. I hate the thought of a lockout with having to see more Bettman in the news than I can stomach but it could work to the Hawks advantage.

  • September 6, 2018 at 12:22 am

    This is a stopgap, retool year. One week from today we will find out that Crawford is not ready to take the ice. I’ve said this all summer. If you cannot show up for work and do the job, should you be paid $6 Million ?

    In the real world there is something called long term disability in which money is taken out of your salary each paycheck. If you then cannot work you are paid roughly 60% at most IF you have paid for that insurance. If you do not have long term disability you must rely on your savings. I digress.

    Get ready for the Corey Crawford training camp distraction.

  • September 6, 2018 at 7:19 am

    is a fresh start.
    Sort of like that 20/65/88 rising.
    Q will settle on optimum lines after by 20 games.

  • September 6, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Some spots, including Toews other winger will be won in camp or preseason. The top 6 should be fine for whats needed this year, seeing what the bottom 6 lines and a somewhat new look and year older defence looks like is more key to me. Having dependable goaltending with or without #50 is key for their development also. Guys like Highmore and Johnson will be given a look to make NHL roster too.

  • September 6, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    The opt out is September 2019. They’d play the 19/20 year if either does choose to opt out.

  • September 6, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Except Craig, by all accounts Crawford was injured on the job. Which would be a workers compensation claim. Something all employers must carry.

  • September 6, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    But I agree, I don’t think he starts the year.

  • September 6, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    They could play/negotiate through the 19-20 season without a new deal and there be a lockout/strike to start 20-21 season too. If opener option is September could take awhile to actually start negotiating, so could play alot of season before talks go off the rails. Either part or all of one of those seasons could be lost.

  • September 6, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    All NHL contracts are guaranteed so Crawford continues to recieve full pay while on ir or ltir as if he was still active.

  • September 6, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Man, I hope Crow is good.
    Even if ready for 2nd 40 this yr.
    Want him to be part of the 4th Cup.
    Be ok and good and resign.

  • September 6, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    See McDonough said Crawford is working out regularly and confident he will be ready for training camp. Nothing real solid to go on but hopefully its a good sign.

  • September 6, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    I got to get back to that restaurant my friend lady works at and ask her what Trevor thought. They know their family. Her boyfriend and son are there at times.
    Doesn’t make it sure thing, just be nice to hear good news/thinking from those guys.

  • September 6, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Garret Sparks may or may not to be available in the future-GAA 2.16 two years ago and 1.79 last year in 43 games. He’s 25.

    FROM Toronto Sun–
    “It’s back up or break out for Garret Sparks.

    The Calder Cup winner and American Hockey League goalie of the year will have to clear waivers if the Maple Leafs stick with Frederik Andersen as starter and Curtis McElhinney as the Dane’s main relief, which has been one the most stable tandems in recent memory.

  • September 7, 2018 at 12:17 am

    The message by Bowman is confusing when for two years in a row he signs over the hill or AHL calibre players old or middle age dwhile the peospects in Rockford remain untested.

  • September 7, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Bowman knows we have to reload/transition.
    Hes doing it the right way.
    We will pounce next summer and
    young guys will start to be ready.

    Noonan, that’s the stuff I was wondering about the other day.
    Whats the list, as its available, of good player that might be there,
    because other teams cant keep them.

  • September 7, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Problem is, Cam Ward has a NMC. If Crawford does start the year on IR you can claim Sparks. But once Crawford comes back you have to sunject him to waivers at a time when more teams have roster space to make the claim.

  • September 7, 2018 at 10:12 am

    True enough Ernie unless you go with 3 G and 22 skaters its rock abd a hard place. Leafs have 6 g under contract so McElhinney likely be moved 1st

  • September 7, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    The league is saying 5hat Seattle expansion bid not as far along as intended right now. Approval being pushed, but still imminent, so 21-22 season could be target now instead of 20-21. This big because all players on elc beginning this would now be eligible for expansion draft, namely Boqvist, Jokiharju and maybe Mitchell if he signs at end if season. Without moving anybody 7 forwards and 3D or 8 skaters becones challenging. With 19,88,2, and 7 requured to be protected and 8 and 12 likely to be. Saad would be FA at least at that point.

  • September 7, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I thought ELC players were not eligible for expansion draft, and regarding Boqvist – wouldn’t slide rule apply so he’s actually going to be on ELC for 4 seasons (through 2021/22)?

  • September 7, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Only 1st and 2nd year players exempt. The year that the player signs his contract is when eligibilty is determined, slide years are irrelevant.

  • September 7, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Ah – thanks Ian.

    Lines for the game today:





    Marchand (G)

  • September 7, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Going by the 2017 draft rules. Who knows what happens 3 years from now.

  • September 7, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    It was great to watch hockey again – the drought is over. The livestream on Blachhawks TV (BHTV) was good although there was no play-by-play or replay.

    The top line of Sikura-Kahun-Fortin was very good. I thought they played well together and had good individual games. Their quickness was very noticeable. All three got on the scoresheet.

    On the 1st goal, Fortin’s quickness go to the puck on boards right before a Columbus player got there and it looked to me like he passed the puck to Kahun – but they didn’t award him an assist so maybe the puck just bounced over to Kahun. In either case the play doesn’t happen without Fortin’s play. Kahun got the puck and found Beaudin sneaking in and made a nice pass and Beaudin buried it.

    On the 2nd goal Sikura carried the puck in on right wing and curled to look for a trailer. He passed across ice to Beaudin but a defender tipped it a bit so Beaudin had to go get the rebound off the boards. As soon as Beaudin knew he would retrieve the puck he looked back to see where the play was and spotted Sikura heading to the net. Beaudin no-look whipped the pass cross ice right where Sikura was set up for a one-timer and Sikura buried it.

    On the 3rd goal someone made a nice breakout pass to Fortin streaking up the middle and it looked like Fortin snuck the puck in with the trailing defender hooking him but the net got knocked off so the ref called a penalty shot which Fortin buried. Without replay I don’t know who made the nice pass up to Fortin but he didn’t have to break stride and was pulling away from the defender when he got hooked.

    Other observations of forwards – Knott and Entwistle caught my eye a few times and I’ll be watching for them in the next games. Unfortunately I thought Ejdsell was bad. He reminded me of Toews’ trouble with puck control the last couple years. There were countless times where he couldn’t receive a pass or fumbled the puck away. Hopefully it was just rust and he shows better in the next games.

    D-men – obviously Beaudin had a very good game with a goal and assist but he also played well in the d-zone and moved the puck well. Boqvist showed off his skating prowess a couple times in the o-zone and played well in the d-zone too. Jokiharju was also pretty good and noticed how well he did with gap control in the neutral zone. Hillman was solid too.

    The goalie – not good. There were a couple long range shots that got by him that didn’t appear to be tipped but without replay I’m not sure. He made a lot of stops but those two were kind of questionable and the difference in the game.

    Three more games to go so lots more to observe and create impressions but overall I am pleased with what I saw from the players I hoped to see the most from.

  • September 7, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    If the young guys stay with the team Ernie you know who will be eligible for draft. As it stands, unless some nmc contracts moved its going to be a challenge to decide who to protect, thats quite obvious. For a draft in 2 years Blackhawks were in good shape but 3 years will make alot more of young players eligible.
    Thanks for updates EB, the defensive pairs looked like an omen. Kahun, Sikura was a 3rd line combo i thought we might see at sone point this year together.

  • September 8, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Powers says Kahun will play in play in Germany if not in the NHL.

  • September 8, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    For as bad as Ejdsell looked yesterday he looked the opposite today. He received passes and handled the puck much better today and he used his long reach to tip pucks and break up plays pretty well too … plus the 2 goals he scored ain’t bad either.

    The Hawks quickness made a difference today. They beat the Canes to pucks all game long and their forecheck game made a difference.

    I like that Fortin, Kahun and Sikura all played on the PK where their quickness helped challenge pucks and get in shooting lanes. All three played well again although Kahun didn’t do as well on faceoffs as he did the first game. Fortin has shown very well in the two games but one thing he needs drilled into his head is to not try anymore of those cutesy passes to himself at the opponents blue line which almost never amount to anything but a turnover. He’s had at least a couple in each game. He wants to chip it in and use his speed to go get it but it rarely works like he expects it too. Hey Alex – no more of that please.

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