Blackhawks Roster Set For Preseason Opener

The Blackhawks have released the lineup for Tuesday night’s preseason opener in Columbus and it… isn’t loaded up. As usual, the Hawks will roll out their big names at home.


Kyle Baun
Radovan Bondra
Lance Bouma
Laurent Dauphin
John Hayden
Matthew Highmore
Vinnie Hinostroza
Thomas Jurco
David Kampf
Graham Knott
Anthony Louis
Drew Miller
John Mitchell
Will Peletier
Nick Schmaltz


Carl Dahlstrom
Gustav Forsling
Cody Franson
Henri Jokiharju
Michal Kempny
Darren Raddysh
Jan Rutta
Mark Stuart

The Blackhawks will travel three goaltenders: Anton Forsberg, Jeff Glass and Matt Tomkins.

As for Columbus’ lineup this evening:

18 thoughts on “Blackhawks Roster Set For Preseason Opener

  • September 19, 2017 at 10:14 am

    No Pokka. Hmmm.

  • September 19, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Very Interesting!!!

    No DCat????????? could be random??? or Q/Hawks- Really Think this Kid Is Gonna Make the team (now)… and Hawks want to give him as much practice time with “Core/NHL ” guys now to build Chemistry!!!!

  • September 19, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Or it’s just the first preseason game and they’re trying to make obvious cuts first

  • September 19, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Craig- Q presser- spoke specifically on the strides/improvement of Pokka so far…
    standing up/contesting blue-line and positioning I believe… My Internet kept starting and stopping so hard to follow at times…

    so Like DCat- I am guessing Hawks really want to watch in practice versus other NHL core- to see where these guys really are compared to Pre season game versus a lot of other prospects

  • September 19, 2017 at 10:25 am

    For the sake of comparison/expectation of home preseason opener:

    Which should answer what should have been obvious to everyone (except Wall) – they want to see DeBrincat w/ the big boys + none of the big boys (except poor Schmaltz) is traveling for Tuesday night’s game.

  • September 19, 2017 at 11:25 am

    So Q was being coy about only one of the 12-8-88 line would travel to Columbus and most people thought that meant DeBrincat. Good stuff.

    I like that Schmaltz will play against the BJs tonight because it will be a good test to play center against a big and fast team. When Schmaltz was last seen it was pretty apparent he wasn’t physically/mentally ready to handle the demands of playing center in Q’s system. Whether or not he is ready to play center now is as big of a question to be answered as there is in training camp.

    Based on the projected lineups of both teams for the game tonight – if the Hawks can keep the game close it would be a moral victory.

  • September 19, 2017 at 11:26 am

    I am not optimistic on DeBrindicat. Similar to what I thought of Teravinen. Nobody can explain to me how a severe defensive liability who isn’t the greatest skater is going to play two way hockey to the standard demanded by the Quenneville system. Panarin at least could skate and was only a moderate liability on defense.

  • September 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Looks like first cuts will be off of tonites roster.

  • September 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Rufus- The TT/Dcat comp… disagree… TT actually-imo- played great position D , and very good stick… TT- couldn’t hold Puck or dig puck in O zone boards… which contradicts “Puck possession” … and reported to not like to workout/strength train.

    Dcat- will go into boards… ( I don’t know if he will win– but will go)…
    Dcat- might suck on D… we shall see… but TT-did not suck in D zone

  • September 19, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I agree Wall, TT was almost too defensively minded when he broke into the NHL, where he would go into defensive mode before he had to. It’s like he knew he had to show he was defensively responsible and he sacrificed some offensive chances to do so. Also – TT was not fast or a particularly great skater. Probably better than DeBrincat, but not like night and day.

  • September 19, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Looking forward to tonight.

  • September 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    D-cat and TT are completely different players. TT was a distributor and D-cat is a sniper. If D-Cat can play adequate defense he will make the team.

  • September 19, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    DeBrindicat is not making this roster out of camp. No chance Quenneville feels comfortable with his game at this stage and especially with all the veteran options that exist to comprise a 13 man forward set.

    Look, I hope the kid can develop into NHL material at some point. But if he does I don’t see it being with the Blackhawks.

  • September 19, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Very nice first game.

    Forsberg was outstanding.

    Other players who I thought had good games: Hinostroza, Schmaltz, Dauphin, Hayden, Kampf, Knott, Jurco, Rutta, Jokiharju and even Franson.

  • September 19, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    ER- I will add Highmore to that list…

    Nice to see Hawks/Kids relentlessly pursue pucks and Forecheck… like 2013
    Just like the Prospect tourney… team was at its best when forechecking and forcing TO’s…

    Dauphin/Kampf/Jurco/Highmore/Hino/Knott… all pressured well…
    I like all the UTES over Bouma/Miller/and even Kero

    I will settle for 4th line of

    48/Kampf/Knott or Highmore and throw Hayden somewhere up higher…
    Bring some life and skating/energy back to the Hawks…

    No more Bollig.mashinters…

    SB- gonna have some chips to trade…when the time comes… these kids can skate and are responsible 2 way guys

    Kampf- could be PK special
    Knott- didn’t realize he was that strong at dot… if he keeps that up… his stock will grow
    Hino- always liked him
    Flipper- actually thought he wasn’t as fast as advertised… but grittier…

  • September 19, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    RTF – I want Debrincat to succeed just so you have to stick a fucking sock in it. You should see him play in game situations first before you act like you know what you’re talking about.

  • September 20, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Yeah, Highmore played well too – add him to the list.

    It’s gonna come down to a numbers game and with 5 more preseason games and a lot more practice will help to sort it out, but there are going to be some tough and second guessed decisions made.

    Just looking at the number of forwards “locked” into the roster – Toews, Saad, Panik, Kane, Anisimov, Schmaltz, Hartman, and Sharp – that’s 8, which leaves 5 or 6 spots to be filled from this list of players: Kero, Wingels, Jurco, Bouma, Hayden, Hinostroza, Tootoo, Dauphin, DeBrincat, Fortin, Kampf, Knott, Highmore, Baun, and a few other guys I’m probably missing.

  • September 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    RTF is bang on, sorry Tony.

    Give the faster and bigger sized players a chance to play this year. No more smurfs like the CAT unless you skate like the wind (VINNY)! And why did we draft Anthony LOUIS?????? Whatever.

    I like JURCO KNOTT and KEMPF on the left wing after SHARP and SAAD!!! All have size and can skate.Kane needs size on his wing which is why SAAD is perfect…. We all remember SAAD RICHARDS KANE in 2015 CUP run!!!
    Sharp with TOEWS and PANIK is strong. And if PANIK floats, you can replace him with HARTMAN!!!

    Chill boys, this is fun…but let’s get real about the libnes which hopefully does not include the CAT this year…. Because the CAT in ST.LOUIS, SAN JOSE, NASHVILLE, EDMONTON, MINNESOTA will get trampled on….


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