Blackhawks Re-Assign Three, Release Boomhower

After Tuesday night’s preseason opener the Chicago Blackhawks sent four prospects packing.

Alexis Gravel, Philipp Kurashev and Jake Ryczek were re-assigned to junior teams and Shaw Boomhower was released from amateur tryout.

The Kurashev move was reported before the game on Tuesday.

Chicago’s preseason roster now stands at 53 players.

24 thoughts on “Blackhawks Re-Assign Three, Release Boomhower

  • September 19, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Hopefully all 3 reach the next level of development in the chl.

  • September 19, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I see Q had Kahun playing with AA and Sikura at practice and Edjsell bumped down to 5th line

    I’m not giving up on Edjsell yet but I’m delighted that Q has seen what I’m seeing in Kahun – that he deserves to play top 9 based on what he’s shown thus far and I think he’ll stay an everyday player

    He’s fast, skilled with a good hockey IQ – he’s not the biggest but he’s Kane’s size

    With AA and Sikura he’ll add some much needed speed to that line

    I wonder if Edjsell might get a chance with 88-8 and put 20 back with 19

  • September 19, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Wrap I think as time goes on we will all see Edjsell is not an NHL player due to his skating and lack of agility.

  • September 19, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    So outside of Boqvist, Beaudin and Entwistle everybody else likely stays in Chicago, Rockford or Indy, unless claimed off waivers barring a trade. Assuming Kahun, Ejdsell both stay with the Hawks.
    Hereismike you could be right, Ejdsell doesn’t seem to be impressing now like he did in the spring, hopefully he finds his niche.

  • September 19, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    I didn’t see the game, I’m rooting for Hillman to stay. How was his game, last night? There are SO MANY defensemen. Usually, I have a handle on the roster, with only a few surprises. This year? I just don’t know what to expect. Does Seabrook drop to a 3rd line? Does Keith stay at the 1st line out of necessity? Murphy is out, probably until December. That could be good for him. While going through PT he can watch the games from the press box and get a different view of the game.
    Even on offense, I’m not sure who is staying or going? The goalie situation is just a freakin’ mess. Let’s see what I’d like to see a steady diet of Delia and Lankinen and see what they have. Why Forsberg is here is beyond me.

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  • September 19, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    They’re gonna need Forsberg at the start of the season with CC likely on IR to start

    Plus I still think he has potential – his good games last year were very promising – unfortunately his bad games were brutal

    @ Hereismike – yeah I had thought similar about Edjsell’s skating but his success in the AHL and Traverse City had me thinking he could/had overcome that at least to enough of a degree to play in the NHL but maybe not

    Like I said I’m not ready to declare him done but his lack of agility is a big concern

  • September 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Bowman might be bluffing or just talking to say the opportunity is there, every yr.
    Add a good player as teams rosters settle/or cap allows.
    There could be a good add/rfa or other style.
    Question is, would we add a D man with so many good ones coming.
    I say add.

  • September 19, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Theres so many Defenseman and players, who knows what the fuck is going on.
    It will play out for the better.

    This yr, doesn’t matter. When it comes to winning the 4th Cup.

    Most of whats going on now, will make its decisions for us when enough time goes by, like this season and part of next.

    This really is like a training camp with lots and lots of players trying to make the team for the 20 season, when it matters/from then on.

  • September 20, 2018 at 12:46 am

    The only players that impressed me Tues. Night we’re Fortin and Noel. Everyone knows Fortin ‘s story. But this Noel kid has speed to burn and at only listed at 175lbs was hitting like Urlacher. I hope to see more of him as preseason moves along
    And Edjsell had more speed and agility than Anisimov. But I rather see Edjsell getting more reps in Rockford than playing bottom 6 and press box minutes in the NHL.
    On a side note, I wish Foley and Eddy O would call the game instead of this idoe chatter. I rather them talk about the Hawks for an entire period other than about what Columbus would do with Panarin and Bobrovsky. Who cares?

  • September 20, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Re: Noel- I believe he was one of the Top Picks– going into the CHL – his draft year… supposed to great skater/wheels… But never has really translated to scoring in CHL– or last year Indy/Rock

    Kind of Under-achiever – so far if you ask me… based on his ranking Draft/CHL

  • September 20, 2018 at 10:36 am

    I only caught 1st period of that game…

    and Yes– Noel- did impress w/ His skating- was flying…

    Perhaps that Injury — Noel- in Traverse City last year or early last year– really slowed down his skating/progress…

    But- Yes- I thought he was flying

  • September 20, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Noel has lots of speed. Sikura is slick but not that fast and very, very light! Hayden is another bust. The problem remains we do not have a 3rd line who can score.
    We had Vinny, we had Teuvo, we had Danault,we had Hartman, etc…. Bowman did not address the need at wing which would have been solved with the signing of James Neil or a trade for Mike Hoffman to play alongside Towes. Instead, all we can do is a 39 year old Kunitz? Seriously, how can we still not have this GM fired???
    Edjsell is slower than AA which means he is not an NHLer. Our bottom six and our winger for Toews has not changed, we have none.
    This is a one line team, with 2 dmen (plus Joki who has potential) and no goaltending after CC.
    Manning, Kunitz, Davidson, and Ward??? Embarassing.

  • September 20, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Tony, those guys seemed to only start acting like that when we became not as good of team, last couple yrs. Once we get back to top 5 team in a yr or so, I think they’ll start calling games good like before/2009-16.

  • September 20, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Poor Boomhower. The way it looks so far this season if you can’t make the Hawks you can’t make the NHL.

  • September 20, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    The Boqvist show tonight. The stop on Athansiou one if the leagues fastest skaters was big league. It shows just how important when speedsters like him or Mcdavid are making their rushes having speed and skill back there to match it regardless of their size will be.

  • September 21, 2018 at 12:35 am

    @Hull65 I fully believe Hartman wants to come back. He has family in the area and I believe he spent at least some of his summer here. Not to mention he just signed a rock bottom contract for one year. I’m sure if the Blackhawks wanted to trade for him back they could. I expect a Kunitz situation next summer where the player approaches the team.

  • September 21, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Yes, I think Q picked on Hartman all year, made him play his off wing, and after scoring 19 goals the previous year, destroyed his spirit with the old doghouse routine.
    Now, after tonight’s game, watching young Boqvist get manhandled on 2 goals, Coach Q singing his praise must be the company hype kicking in once again. He needs to go to London for a couple of years. Too light! Great speed but still a teenage boy.
    Now, did we all witness Manning’s lack of speed? Mr. Bowman?

  • September 21, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Funny how when Hartman was here, the negative posters could only talk about how he wasn’t an NHL quality player. Now all of sudden when the hindsight genuises see he can be used against Q and Bowman he is a great guy, lol.
    Speaking of Bowman how dare he draft a 17 year old now just barely 18 who actually makes a mistake when learning against NHL players even if does show a ton of skill and potential, its all for not. This just gets better everyday.
    Manning agree seems like a mistake at this stage, but not a big deal in a rebuilding year, nothing lost in prospects.

  • September 21, 2018 at 8:25 am

    …. Good A.M

    Which is a better 4th line, Kampf Johnson Enstwhile or Hayden Kruger Martinsen?

    (HINT: the players on the former line are all far better skaters [faster] and also all more offensively gifted]

    Thank you. Good day.

  • September 21, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Very unimpressed with Manning although he does seem to have a rocket shot from the line. My surprises for the night were kampf and tuulola. Thought they both stood out and played hard the whole game

  • September 21, 2018 at 8:36 am

    P.S. The Hawks have a lot of talented young D-men, nearly an overflow of them. What was the point of signing someone like Manning (for 2 years no less)? Manning is better suited (just like Oesterle) playing forward. They are both turnstiles.

  • September 21, 2018 at 9:11 am

    I was actually pretty excited seeing Detroits team. Obviously never gonna be a fan, but I respect their patient rebuild. I think they’re going to have an exciting team in a few years. Zadina, Smith, Anathasiou, Chelios, Valeno, etc. Hoping we can feel that way about the hawks in a few years. I know there’s something to be said about letting players develop in lower leagues, but I’m just wondering what it would be like if the hawks dressed seabrook, keith, beaudin, boqvist, jokiharu, and mitchell (and murphy when healthy) and just let those 6 gel and develop together at the professional level? They’d probably be terrible for a year, but wouldn’t the learning curve be faster while giving the fans something to enjoy about the season? Rather than waiting it out with guys like manning each year.

  • September 21, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Hull65…….Relax man it’s the second game!?!?

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