DeBrincat Delivers Overtime Winner for Blackhawks

After losing a shootout on Thursday night the Blackhawks made a minor adjustment to their lineup.

Kevin Lankinen was back between the pipes but Reese Johnson was in the lineup for Madison Bowey, giving the Hawks a normal 12 forward, six defensemen lineup.

The Blackhawks announced before the game that defenseman Connor Murphy was headed to the IR, however. Andrew Shaw was still missing from the lineup as he deals with concussion issues. With Murphy on IR, Alex DeBrincat had an A on his shoulder for the night.

Patrik Laine got Columbus on the board at 6:39 into the first with a wicked shot that was past Lankinen before he could react.

The Hawks got the first power play of the game at 11:42 when David Savard went to the box. Joonas Korpisalo was playing extremely well in net for the Jackets and Chicago’s first advantage came up empty.

At 15:06 into the first, Brandon Hagel trucked Jack Roslovic and Laine didn’t like it. So he ran Hagel. The two exchanged words and then dropped the gloves.

Laine took the extra penalty for initiating the fight, giving the Hawks their second power play of the opening period. The passing was good but Columbus took away most of the lanes to get the puck on net. Another two minute advantage expired without a score.

Columbus got a power play late in the period when Nikita Zadorov went to the box. The Jackets would have 33 seconds of advantage that carried over to the second period.

At the end of the first period, Johnson had three hits in four shifts and showed the same good energy he had earlier in the season when he had a chance to skate with the NHL team.

The Blackhawks out-shot the Jackets 14-9 in the opening 20 minutes but Columbus had a one-goal lead heading to the second.

Chicago handled the remainder of the power play and continued putting pressure on the Jackets. That pressure finally paid off when rookie defenseman Nicolas Beaudin jumped into the play once again and rifled home his second career NHL goal.

Patrick Kane picked up the only assist on Beaudin’s goal.

With about nine minutes left in the second, a long pass attempt caught Mattias Janmark in the head. He went down hard but was right in front of the Hawks’ bench. He was able to get to the bench on his own and went to the room for a quick evaluation.

Janmark returned to the bench four minutes later but he was there just in time to watch Columbus take the lead back. Cam Atkinson parked himself in front and was able to redirect a shot down and past Lankinen for the Jackets’ second goal of the night with 5:13 remaining in the period.

Neither side would take another penalty or score in the second. After 40 minutes the Blackhawks had a 26-19 shot advantage but were chasing one on the scoreboard.

Johnson had a team-high five hits and added one blocked shot and one shot on net in eight shifts over the first two periods.

Down one, the Blackhawks were only able to get one shot on net in the first 14 minutes of the third period. The skating was fast; the action was up and down the ice but the Hawks simply weren’t generating chances. Their second shot on net of the period came with 5:30 left in regulation.

Inside the final four minutes of regulation the Hawks were able to get the game even. Philipp Kurashev poked a puck loose and Carl Soderberg scored his first goal with the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks were out-shot 12-4 in the third period but scored the only goal of the period.

When regulation came to a close with the score tied it marked the seventh time in 16 games that the Blackhawks were headed to overtime. However, it was the first time the Hawks forced overtime after trailing entering the third period.

Mitchell was at 19:22 at the end of regulation with one shot on net and one hit. Beaudin had skated 15:42 with one blocked shot, one hit and his second goal of the season.

Lankinen made 29 saves in regulation.

On the first shift of overtime, Kane and DeBrincat perfectly executed a give-and-go and it was DeBrincat tipping the puck into the net for the game-winning goal.

Kane was credited with the helper on the GWG.

Soderberg won 12 of 15 faceoffs with the late tying goal. He led a solid effort at the dot; Chicago won 65 percent of the faceoffs on Saturday night.

Kane’s two assists in the game give him 15 helpers and 22 points on the season. Both of those marks are the best for any player on a team residing in the United States.

Last year it took DeBrincat 30 games to reach eight goals scored; he scored in games 28, 29 and 30 to reach eight. This year he’s at eight goals in 16 total Blackhawks games, but he’s appeared in 12 because he missed time in COVID protocol.

93 thoughts on “DeBrincat Delivers Overtime Winner for Blackhawks

  • February 13, 2021 at 9:53 pm
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    Turned on score and saw 2-1 after 2nd though ok were E for games over .500 now and thats ok w l t games these 55 games just donot win too many. Then I see Soderberg scores and we win in 3 on 3 county fair gimmick. Well were +2 over .500 now and basically tied with DAL CLB for 4th seed?

    Anyways its quite impressive to win this many games 7-2-4 since Lankenin started and after first few games/TB 0-2 DET 2-0 other then that

    Not counting winning both on DAL. Weve split every two games against every team/and these teams are top 6-15 teams everyone of them.

  • February 13, 2021 at 9:56 pm
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    I know NAS is getting worse every yr/and PIT next for that then only top 10 team from last decade still left would be BOS and STL.

    NAS and VAN donot suck that bad/there not the 3rd and 4th worst teams in league. Somethings wrong with that/fishy guys.

  • February 13, 2021 at 10:15 pm
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    Laine might want to ditch the enforcer act. Attaboy Brandon!

  • February 13, 2021 at 10:16 pm
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    This game is a tough one to evaluate. The team, as a whole, fought from beginning to end. Yes, Beaudin made a mistake and Laine made him pay. But…lesson learned. Hagel made the league take notice. The kid has a game. He’ll score soon enough. It’s only a matter of time. I’m not counting on him to be a 30+ guy. Anything he contributes offensively is gravy.
    What didn’t I like? Colliton’s line combinations. Your three best scorers on one, undersized line. It was a sink or swim kind of move by the HC. Strome is struggling…BADLY!!! We all know he does better with Debrincat. Does he have to do that with different line mates? Yes. But, while he’s struggling, give him the tools he needs to snap out of it. I would have preferred lines of 8-17-12, 13-23-88, 38-34-24, 36-64-52. Strome and Kubalik are struggling. Give them the tools to succeed. That’s all I am saying. Kurashev and Kane have had early success. I put Suter on the 3rd line to give the team 3 potentially dangerous scoring lines. Having Johnson out there is a blast. He just hits EVERYTHING!!! He’s making the other team look over their shoulders. When Carpenter comes back, Highmore, who I like, may be the odd man out.
    Defensively, having Murphy on IR just sucks. But, the team has to move forward. The veterans are doing their part and the kids are learning. Beaudin knows how to score. When Boqvist comes back, it will be interesting to see who takes a seat. Karlsson? I dunno. The kid plays well…but 0 hits. It’s a good problem to have, for sure. So let’s see how that plays out.
    Lastly, Lankinen is so mentally tough. He bounced right back from Thursday’s loss. He’s really solidified the goalie position. I am curious to see when Delia will get a shot to make a statment. Subban is the backup…but I do want to see how Delia performs. GREAT PROBLEMS TO HAVE.

  • February 13, 2021 at 10:17 pm
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    Even if the Hawks had lost this game 2-1, I would have been o.k. since the effort was much better. The Hawks won’t win many games running and gunning, at least not this year..they’re much better suited to playing a 200 ft game with the personal they have and I thought they did a great job of keeping the game close against a bigger team that loves to clog up the neutral zone. And besides the game winner, Cat was a menace defensively all night too..happy to see him get rewarded in ot..

    Lankinen looked good again..even on the second goal allowed, tough to track a puck high to low when you’re being triple screened..otherwise, he had a nice bounce back game and I’m glad he was right back in net to redeem himself.

    And overall, I thought the defensemen looked pretty good tonight..definitely more of a fan of the 6 d format..thought DeHaan had a good game too..

    Now the bad..the line of Janmark-Strome-Kubalik has zero chemistry..Strome nor Kubalik are really great at going into corners and coming out with pucks..and while Janmark has some really nice speed once he gets going, he doesn’t really battle for pucks either..the top nine next game should look like this..

    Cat-Suter-Kane
    Kubalik-Strome-Kurashev
    Janmark-Soderberg-Hagel

    Let Kurashev retrieve pucks so Kubalik can set up for one timers and Strome can head to the net or distribute(I usually prefer Kubalik at RW but even playing LW it will be a net positive getting Kurashev back on that line)..have to get that second line going or you literally have one scoring line and three checking lines. Besides, Kurashev and Suter have both shown that they should be in top six roles. They play hard, they play smart, and they each have the ability to score goals too. Especially this year since Toews, Dach, and Nylander are out. There aren’t any forwards currently that should be forcing them to play lower down.

  • February 13, 2021 at 10:23 pm
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    Kudos to Dcat. A lot of us were down on his contract after last year but he looks like he worked very hard in the off-season. He is much improved in the d-zone.

    I didn’t realize Hagel was such a heavyweight. Man he landed a couple of clean shots on Laine.

  • February 13, 2021 at 10:23 pm
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    That was weird. Chicago should have lost tonight – especially the way they played in the third. Two nights ago they should have won with the two two goal leads. Hard to figure this game out sometimes.

    Debrincat and Kane are playing next level. Don’t take the A off of Debrincat’s sweater, it may be his good luck charm.

  • February 13, 2021 at 10:25 pm
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    Hagel- the kid has GAME! I had no idea – he was capable of the Rope-a-dope

    Laine is a Big boy- Hagel has a big Heart.

    Kurashev with the poke/assist

    Lanks

    Beaudin- if your some time- look up his Jr. hilites. Kid is like D version of Kane, gonna be real good when he gets more games and chemistry.

  • February 13, 2021 at 10:35 pm
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    Agree with Bluetooth. Kurashev plays FAST. Every shift. What a player.

    Beaudin makes the NHL looks easy. Ho hum. Get the puck. Stick handle a bit. Find the open man and move it. Wow.

    Carlsson = really really good. He steps up and breaks up a lot of plays in the neutral zone, dump it back in make the opponent go 200 feet.
    He uses a really long stick much like Duncan Keith.

  • February 13, 2021 at 10:35 pm
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    While it is unfortunate that Murphy goes to ir, still an opportunity to play more of the kids more minures to achieve the mission. Much better defensive effort tonight. The motors on hagel, johnson, and Highmore sure are fun to watch. So, does wall mark see the ice anytime soon? Soderberg earned his check tonight. Someone clarify for me please. Is strome not only playing poorly, but also drags down anyone he plays with except for 12 & 88? Onward and upwards genthe men and ladies.

  • February 13, 2021 at 10:41 pm
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    Another nice game with 7 rookies on the ice for the Hawks ….7
    Hagel again had a really nice game …he hit. He fight. He plays a high intensity game like every game .Beaudin again making mistakes but learning and playing his offensive game and scoring another nice goal.
    Lankinen had another good game
    Kurashev nice move on the goal
    DCat and Kane remind me a bit at the duo with Panarin sometime.
    Now the à Hawks need to be Focus against the wings and get prepared
    Murphy will be missed for a longer period so young Defenders will need to listen to the older guys like Keith who had 25min 42 on the ice …WOW a real machine this guy
    Love my young Hawks

  • February 13, 2021 at 10:47 pm
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    Great to see the young Hawks hang in there against a team that can frustrate the hell out of you once they get the lead.Kurashev and Hagel were rock solid.This is why a few of us were pushing for those 2 guys to get into the lineup since last year.Put Kubalik on the 4th line with Kamph and Johnson,they will get him the puck.Flip Strome and Suter to get a Strome to contribute.Suter is better on the wing.Lankinen was much better and so was the defense and backchecking.

  • February 13, 2021 at 11:19 pm
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    I thought this was an excellent bounce back game for Lankinen. The kid is impressing.

    This comment cannot be overstated enough: How the Hawks are playing right now is a reflection of their coach. When a group of under achievers come together and are able to compete and win against superior talent, that is a reflection of coaching. Period. Let that stick in your carw for a while. Go watch Hoosiers again if you don’t get it. Just keep watching it until you figure it out. No really, keep watching it, it will start to make sense eventually.

    Beaudin is growing on me daily. He makes a bad play, and then follows it up with a goal. No memory. No problem. This is what it looks like to have the luxury to let young talented kids spread their wings and see what they can do. I am really looking forward to the lineup that has Boqvist, Beaudin and Mitchell playing together. I’ll go ahead and play the theme to Rocky when that happens.

    Strome deserved more this game, he played better than his stat line is going to show. That one shot was inches from greatness. Not the most flattering epitaph, but, hey it is what it is.

    DeBrincat is really just a joy to watch. The Kid has skills and it is becoming clearer to me that last year was more the aberration than the year prior. Go ahead and buy his sweater, he is a keeper.

    What a great game to watch on an otherwise shitty day. I think I will make myself another Mai Tai.

  • February 13, 2021 at 11:21 pm
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    *craw

  • February 13, 2021 at 11:24 pm
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    Agree on getting Kurashev into top 6 and Janmark to 3rd

    DCat Strome Kane
    Kubalik Suter Kurashev

    17 had one shift with 88 and 12 and looked like a different player – he can’t drive a line but he can play with those two

    I think 23 and 24 will be better line mates for 8 who is really being dragged down by his current line mates

    Congrats to Soderberg – he’s been noticeably better and that was a huge goal

    Also how about Lank- this guy is gold!

  • February 13, 2021 at 11:39 pm
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    Another overachieving success by the kids- as said above, certainly some credit to JC
    Kane’s linemates have got to look for other options than the “easy” choice of passing to him every time; they threw him several grenades tonight and CBJ had 2 or 3 guys successfully smothering Kane so fast that even he was stuck
    Great work by Kurashev mucking along the boards (especially his 1 on 3 victory which included losing and recovering his stick while contesting the biscuit — and nice payoff with his forced turnover leading to totally unexpected GTG
    Anybody notice how PP has lost important mojo without Shaw’s puck retrieval?

  • February 13, 2021 at 11:46 pm
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    Even though I thought last game was more bad puck luck than bad goaltending for Lankinen, it was still nice to see how well he bounced back with a solid effort tonight, especially after giving up that corner snipe from Laine early in the game. Well done Lanks – keep it rolling Bud.

    It’s hard to single out just one rookie to lavish praise on but I’m looking at Kurashev for my rookie of the game award. Before the season I knew he skated well, had offensive skills and played with tenacity but for some reason I didn’t expect much from hin at the NHL level mainly because I didn’t think he was strong enough to play that type of game against bigger/faster/stronger competition. WOW – was I wrong, and very happy to be so. It looks like he has very good lower body strength because his board work is outstanding. Plus, he’s very good at puck pursuit, pickpocketing and poking pucks away, as evidenced tonight. I don’t know if he’s a true top-6 guy but he’s going to be in the lineup somewhere in the new core group being built.

    Honorable mention to Hagel. Those two rights to Laine’s jaw with the second one buckling him … SAWEET! Take that ya big doofus.

  • February 13, 2021 at 11:54 pm
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    JC had a telling comment in his post game when asked about putting trust in the kids especially after a mistake

    He said “If you played scared in this league you don’t have a chance “ – he doesn’t want the young guys scared to make a mistake or take a chance – I like it

    Beaudin the last two games is a good example

  • February 14, 2021 at 12:15 am
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    Nice come from behind, bounce back game for the young Hawks, especially Lankinen who let in 3 or 4 bad goals Thursday night. It happens. Strome and Kubalik simply are not producing unless it’s on the power play. I expected a regression in scoring from Kubalik, but he’s really not a factor at all 5 on 5 right now. Hagel has heart and brass balls. Kurashev battles every shift. I’m tired of some people saying things like “we don’t want to win too many” or “hope we get a high lottery pick”. Silly, especially this season. High draft picks guarantee absolutely nothing unless you’re drafting #1 and there’s a generational type talent. There aren’t any of those right now, if there even is a draft this summer. Win every game you can. I don’t care if they draft first, 15th, or 21st. There’s plenty, PLENTY of value to be found mid-late first round and beyond. Look no further than guys on our roster like Debrincat, Beaudin, Kurashev, Mitchell, Keith, Murphy, Kubalik, and Lankinen. Other than Kane, the highest drafted player on this roster is Strome. Sure, he’s been a nice addition, but there’s several players drafted later than him who’ve had far more productive careers to date and are more well-rounded players.

  • February 14, 2021 at 12:16 am
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    Who was it that we got for Hartman. Beau and Kurachev. Yea Bowman sucks.

  • February 14, 2021 at 12:25 am
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    Miro, thats the Horsemen I heard they were overrated a yr ago.

    I am really looking forward to the lineup that has Boqvist, Beaudin and Mitchell playing together. I’ll go ahead and play the theme to Rocky when that happens.

  • February 14, 2021 at 12:28 am
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    @wraparound..I like your top six better than mine..makes sense to just play Strome with Cat for now especially since we don’t have that many options at center this year and Cat definitely brings out the best in Strome..but at some point, JC is going to have to try to see why he can’t play effectively with anyone else lol..I also like the second line..what’s really great about Suter and Kurashev developing together is that they give the top six different options..Suter is fine at c or lw..Kurashev is fine at c or rw..can’t remember when the Hawks had two rookie forwards who don’t look out of place at either position..and playing with both should help wake up Kubalik who, while raking up points on the pp, isn’t doing much 5v5..gotta find opportunities to get him some clean looks so he can rocket pucks on net.

    @ebonyraptor..agreed regarding Kurashev’s game tonight..lower body has to be very strong..he’s constantly going into the corner and reappearing with pucks and when it is on his stick, it sticks, no pun intended lol..I do think he can be a compliment to a top six because of his ability to play wing or center(same for Suter) but if he ends up at c or rw on the third line then that’s great for the Hawks depth..means the top six is looking good if he’s on the third line..

  • February 14, 2021 at 12:35 am
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    Maybe 12 3rd yr was the real sophomore slump omen.

    Still want more good players from draft its how we got these guys.

  • February 14, 2021 at 12:42 am
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    I ll take our 1st/good if its high pick and another 1st from a tradeline trade/with maybe extra or move up. So we get two very good players from this draft and then we could be good. With Lankenin being good he could be really good and that is huge. Makes me wonder what we pick in draft in 1st with two 1sts? D and another FW like last yr.

    Just wait until we have 12 of the fast young wave players at once and a deep group of D. Cant wait.

  • February 14, 2021 at 12:47 am
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    Gotta like what we’re seeing out there. Good to see Lankinen get back out there and play a strong game. Colliton seems right in his wheelhouse developing these youngsters for sure, better than hoped. Much tighter game defensively but not having Murphy logging big minutes against opponents top lines is missed. Seems like Strome tries to do too much himself when not with 88 and 12, would sooner let him find chemistry with other linemates, sheltering him with Cat and Kane not so sure about. This is the year to work those issues out not hide them. Suter has chemistry with 88 and 12 let that build, Jackets played good defensive game too, not giving up alot through center ice and blocking the passing lanes through the slot, those games will happen, gonna be alot of tough games to win. Another nice showing by Johnson in a low minute role. Hagel with any line that needs a spark, even maybe 17 and 8. Kampf winning a big fo in OT to start the ball rolling was huge, no Toews but that is how different players are doing what’s needed by them to fill the void. Why is Soderberg on pp1 now, he takes alot of fos as Shaw was after Strome started struggling. Another reason Strome with 88 and 12 right now not a good idea if he can’t win fos.

  • February 14, 2021 at 1:27 am
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    Ian good points. I still think Kampf is majorly underrated here, mostly because he doesn’t score. But he does a lot of other things. Ask Mitchell about the pass last game. It looked easier than it was. Soderberg had a big screen last game and definitely makes a difference when out there. His faceoffs – like Kampf – can change a game quickly. And he is solid at the other end.

    I like Beaudin’s ability to look past his mistakes. The kid can fly down the ice. I don’t notice Carlsson a lot. I’m thinking that may be a good thing. I have to look for him on the ice. Mitchell seems to be getting more consistent and looking more confident. There is a quiet, but obvious, swagger appearing in our young Dmen.

    Glad to see Lankinen put back in the net. Love his response with big saves tonight. Both goals were not on him. Now rotate Subban and Delia in for games against Detroit. Confidence builders for them. Talk to Lankinen and tell him he’s good right now. Just spreading the love.

    Laine sticking up for his bud – probably earned a dinner. And a sore jaw. Gotta love Hagel!

    This is what a rebuild should look like. Remember – 2 of our best offensive players are not even dressing.

  • February 14, 2021 at 6:53 am
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    Which WHO song most appropriately describes the Blackhawks:

    Who Are You?
    The Kids Are Alright
    Sparks
    Behind Blue Eyes (Queennville)
    Substitute
    Getting In Tune
    I Can’t Explain
    (not) My Generation
    Eminence Front

    All of the above?

  • February 14, 2021 at 7:42 am
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    @ Who is John Galt re: The Who, how about:
    The Kids Are Alright

  • February 14, 2021 at 7:56 am
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    Silent agree with Kampf-he deserves more praise-will never contribute offense but if he is responsible, uses his body, wins some draws and plays good D-that’s OK for line 4

    Didn’t know Hagel had a bit of Twist or Kocur in him. (heavy throws)

  • February 14, 2021 at 8:19 am
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    Two points! We’ll take it! Just everyone playing a solid game. I was impressed with the guys that usually don’t get mentioned in my posts. I really was impressed with Carlsson, Soderberg, Zadarov, and Johnson! Hagel is the man! A team win!

  • February 14, 2021 at 8:21 am
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    I’ve always liked Kampf but only as a 4th liner/PKer – it was the attempts to play him higher in the line up that I didn’t like or giving him too many OT minutes

    That’s not on Kampf of course but on JC for trying to force a square peg into a round hole and maybe JC had limited options at the time – Dach was still very new to the league and hadn’t established himself for one

    To JC’s credit he seems to have realized how best to use Kampf and he’s delivering very well in his role especially now that his FO% is better

  • February 14, 2021 at 8:21 am
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    Slay- Re: Lines/Centers- I agree

    Cat-Suter-Kane
    Kubalik-Strome-Kurashev
    Janmark-Soderberg-Hagel

    Real question is: if/when 19/Dach become available
    Both- Soderberg and Strome are completely expendable in TDL packages- for Best deal out there. Gives Hawks some real bargaining chips at TDL- if they desire

    Beaudin- Look up some Jr. Hilites- you will be WOW’ed by some of his passes/patience/vision. That is why Hawks took him over the “can’t miss” Joe Veleno.

    Soderberg- can be kept- if they think he is better option than Kampf for 4th line-
    imo- Kampf is younger/better option

  • February 14, 2021 at 8:23 am
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    Miroslav
    I agree that it’s all the coaching that make this young team able to compete…the talent is in the hand of JC and the other coaches and the kid are open mind and responding very well to the instructions the result is there and everybody is having fun . JC is doing exactly what he was ask for like he did in Rockford. Of course it’s a lot easier with a bunch of kids who dream to play in NHL ,they want to stay in the league they play to win and trust each other more and more they are respectful and it shows it’s not a question of Me…Me…Me. It’s all about Us ..all off us ,a team . Now the league are looking at the Hawks and are respecting more and more when they see the result . I thought it would take 10-15 games to adjust and still think it’s just the beginning of a nice transition for the Hawks . Iff the older guys react to the change like Kane is doing now with no ego ( and happy with the system) we keep those guys
    If you can’t adjust and have your ego stopping you to adjust and can’t let it go then the Hawks will need to trade them to please them and to please the Hawks players that bought the system.
    Love my young Hawks

  • February 14, 2021 at 8:25 am
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    John Galt-

    “Teenage Wasteland/ Baba O’riley” – for sure

    Hagel- Fights for his meals!!!

  • February 14, 2021 at 8:45 am
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    This is a season for learning, for every player and coach on the team. From Beaudin to Kieth to Kane to Colliton they’re all learning this game with the tools that are available. Will there be mistakes, absolutely but in the end they will all be better teammates.

  • February 14, 2021 at 8:49 am
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    Brad Morrison- Icehog/trade for Maatta
    scored 2 g’s in 1st game w/Hogs yesterday

    Scouting report– explosive skater, great vision, great hands- goes to Dirty areas (but -lacks strength to win those battles) other negative- sometimes too much creativity/takes chances- needs to simplify game.

    Compared to Tyler Johnson- lite

    Never seen him play- But – seems like another great risk/reward pickup by Hawks
    imo- kid like this would be nobody- UNLESS paired with the “right” guys- say 88/19
    Or a Dach/Cat type combo. Just needs the right opportunity

  • February 14, 2021 at 9:25 am
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    I saw Tortorella’s postgame press conference. He thought the 3rd period was one of their best all year. Nice to see the young guys keep grinding it out. Agree with the comments on Kurushev’s strength on his skates and with the puck. This is pretty special for a 21 year old rookie. He has a very high upside IMO.

    Ian – it would be interesting to see your latest take on what the expansion draft exposure will be based on what we have seen so far.

  • February 14, 2021 at 9:29 am
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    Also it was reported that Kalynuk was dressed for the pregame warmup even though he didn’t play. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in one of the Detroit games.

  • February 14, 2021 at 9:33 am
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    Ian, yea think same for 17.

    Another reason Strome with 88 and 12 right now not a good idea if he can’t win fos.

    Instead of having 17 with 12 88 were they sort of force feed each other and its predictable in wrong way/kind of like whoever always passing to 88 and he gets linebackers charging him before the puck is even passed. Do this.

    Have players with 17 like when we had a line of 29 26 81 not in terms of how good Hoss is though this. It has large players that are good players and can win board battles cycle other and then we have 17 making those sweet dishes inside tight. Not sure who like you said do a 38 17 8 line.

  • February 14, 2021 at 9:36 am
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    Re: expansion draft

    Stan seems to think the Hawks are in a good position to not lose anyone important which makes me think he has a plan to deal with Seabrook’s contract – either retirement or LTIR or getting Seabs to waive his nmc

    If Stan didn’t have to protect Seabrook and DeHaan gets traded at TDL then you protect 3D and 7 Fws including on D – Keith, Murphy, Zadorov

    This also allows then to protect 38 and 92 along with 88,19, 12, 17, and 8 – did I get that right Ian?

    This is just conjecture of course but if they don’t have to protect 7 then things get a whole lot easier

  • February 14, 2021 at 9:42 am
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    Hagel must have ate a lot of Saskatoon berry pie.

  • February 14, 2021 at 9:49 am
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    Wrap 8 is exempt, so not part of the draft, another fwd could be added or an acquisition added to protect if they protect 7 fwds. Shaw and Seabrook’s situation could bring in the part where players with potential career threatening injuries don’t need to be protected, unknown yet of course. Carpenter and Highmore unlikely to be protected meet the compliancy need for forwards who are eligible. All 3 goalies eligible and meet compliancy needs and only one( Lankinen obviously it seems) can be protected. Bowey now meets compliancy needs now along with Murphy, Zadorov and soon to be Dehaan of defensemen who are eligible. A chance Carlsson only one of young D eligible could meet compliancy needs if he continues to play regularly. Depending on if they go 7F or 3d or 8 skater route, Keith and 1 to 3 other D could be protected, Seabrook status pending as well on that.

  • February 14, 2021 at 9:55 am
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    Should say 7F and 3D not or. It would seem reasonable to think 3D would protect who they want, especially if Seabrook is not in picture. Then the 6 fwds Wrap mentioned, Kubalik not included, plus try to add a forward that a team doesn’t want to lose for nothing, who are in the protected group, and Lankinen of course.

  • February 14, 2021 at 9:59 am
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    By the way – someone might want to tell the big shooter from Columbus to keep his gloves on. LOL

  • February 14, 2021 at 10:04 am
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    Why wouldn’t Seabs waive the NM provision? If he waives and doesn’t get picked (highly likely) he has done a real solid for the Hawks. If he gets picked then Seattle wants him to play. I am not anti-Seabs but I just don’t see him playing as a Hawk again and surely not if he holds tight on the NMC.

  • February 14, 2021 at 10:13 am
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    MS it was his health i was meaning would exempt him. Bowman has not asked a player to waive his nmc yet, so that could come into play as well.

    Looking at Hagel, seems he will be exempt as well, his slide year was in juniors not Ahl, only played 8 games for Rfd. in 2018 so not enough to count as a pro year. Burning an elc year has different rules.

  • February 14, 2021 at 10:20 am
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    @silent spot. Not many people notice Carlsson because he just does his job. Play defense and he does it very well considering he is a LHD playing on the right side. Unless he is on the left side which is very rare is when you will see him move up on offense. On the right side the curve of his blade hampers what he can do offensively even passing it out of the zone which is why he passes off the boards more often than not otherwise it’s gonna be a backhanded pass. He’s mostly paired with deHaan who I guess JC believes has more offensive ability to move the puck or he needs more defensive help which Carlsson brings.

    I’ve watched this kid for 3 years since drafted and he impressed me at the first prospects camp and scrimmage. After the 1st camp went back to the SEL than the next 2 at Rockford. You should go check out his stats at Rockford. Both years he was named their defensive player of the year. His positioning and awareness are second to none. As I’ve watched him in all the other camps he just kept impressing. Not his offensive abilities but his defensive abilities. One player kept going through my mind as I watch this kid play. Keith Brown. Not a great offensive player but his awareness and positioning made him a very good defensemen.

    This kid is an NHL player just hasn’t been showcased and I get it. He’s there to play defense and badly needed there. One last thing. JC must have a lot of confidence in this kid to have a rookie play his off position to start his NHL career. He’s doing it with Beaudin also but if you watch him and Zadorov playing together you will notice they are switching sides a lot.

  • February 14, 2021 at 10:50 am
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    Agree on Carlsson being underrated, thing is he will require waivers next season to be sent down, unlikely he would go unclaimed. So either he is part of Nhl roster next year or he is moved before being lost for nothing it would seem. Could even be who Seattle takes as well in draft.

  • February 14, 2021 at 11:29 am
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    A good friend of mine told me that the current 2021 Blackhawks remind him of the resurgent 1969 to 70 Chicago team that went from worst to first. Maybe you are old enough to remember.
    We are not suggesting that our Hawks are going to the top of the league but there may be some similarities.
    For example Tony Esposito is now Kevin Lankinen
    Keith Magnuson is now Ian Mitchell and Nicolas Beaudin
    Gerry Pinder is now Brian Hagel…not to mention Suter, Kurashev, etc.
    This may be worth an in-depth article by our esteemed author here.

  • February 14, 2021 at 11:38 am
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    Oops I forgot Cliff Koroll

  • February 14, 2021 at 12:13 pm
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    Great win for the boys

  • February 14, 2021 at 12:35 pm
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    It’s pretty remarkable the Hawks have 6 rookies playing significant roles in the starting lineup, especially considering they had 3 rookies in the starting lineup last season. While it’s very likely not all of the 6 rookies would be in the lineup if it were not for players missing due to injury, the point remains the same – they are in the lineup because they have taken advantage of the opportunity and the Hawks rebuild plan is further ahead because of it.

    The number of rookies in the everyday lineup is remarkable in and of itself, but made more so due to how well the team is playing. This collection of young pups is contributing to a more cohesive team game than anything we’ve seen in the last few seasons. JC and the coaches deserve kudos for sure, but it seems to me the spirit and dogged determination played by these young players contributes as much or more than the systemic teaching and buy-in. These guys are hockey players being allowed to play and that makes it fun which brings out the best in players – and it’s being done with accountability which breeds success.

  • February 14, 2021 at 1:05 pm
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    Ian – I thought I had read that Hagel wasn’t exempt but if you’re right and he is then all the better

  • February 14, 2021 at 1:10 pm
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    Remember how nice it was to have a bum-slayer 3rd line back when Ladd-Bolland-Versteeg were wreaking havoc on opposing 3rd pair d-men? Course, a bum-slaying 3rd line requires the 1st and 2nd lines to be good enough for the opposition to deploy their best defenders on them, leaving their weakest d-men to play the 3rd line. But, let’s say Toews comes back and Dach is 100% so the top-6 requires the opposition’s best d-men. If that happens, I think we have the makings of a dynamic 3rd line capable of slaying bums across the league – Hagel-Dach-Kurashev.

    Now, hold on before you dismiss it out of hand because “Dach” and “3rd line” are in the same sentence. First, it doesn’t mean Dach is “only” a 3rd line center – he would only be playing 3rd line because it provides the best overall team lineup and only until Toews is no longer the #1C.

    The rationale for a Hagel-Dach-Kurashev line is the puck hunting ability and board work they all have. They also have enough offensive ability to put the puck in the net while playing a possession cycle game.

    Aside from that, we have to keep in mind that while Dach showed steady improvement through last season and took a big step forward in the bubble playoffs – he is still very much in the early stages on his learning/experience curve and we don’t know how much missing this season will set him back. I have every expectation he will be a true #1C sometime but I’m not sure he’s ready for that now and playing on a 3rd line would be a nice progressive step back into the action.

    The side benefit would be the answer to the question of what to do with Strome once Toews and Dach are back. A DCat-Strome-Kane 2nd line has more built-in chemistry than any other line combo the Hawks could throw out there and if DCat and Kane can continue to play defensively responsible as they are this season, then their line may not be so bad defensively. Then put Kubalik back with Toews and either Suter or Nylander at LW – and there you go.

  • February 14, 2021 at 1:25 pm
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    The quandary caused by Strome’s lack of recent success at the FO dot does create a problem when trying to team him with Kane and/or Dcat as mentioned by many. But going back to coach Q, we can remember the quick changes he would employ as Krueger became effective at faceoffs. Put him out to win the draw and then get his butt back to the bench if he wins. It worked great, especially at home when Q could get the line out he wanted to match the opponent. We see this strategy currently employed at the start of OT with Kampf. Maybe JC could start using it in-game too, to help get Strome on the ice to be with Kane and/or Dcat.

    This serves more than one purpose: It gives us a better chance to win a draw with offensively gifted players already on the ice – yes, but it also makes Strome sit on the bench and hear the demons in his brain say to him, “Hey, aren’t you supposed to be taking this faceoff?”.

    Nothing like a little peer pressure and competition.

    Disclaimer – Strome clearly was considerably better at the beginning of the year with faceoffs. I believe that the coaches are looking at tape with him to see why things have reverted. Maybe this is a last resort rather than a do-it-now approach as they give Strome a chance to work it out.

  • February 14, 2021 at 1:25 pm
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    I wonder what happened to the person who kept calling Duncan Keith a “cancer”???? Haven’t seen him in a while.

  • February 14, 2021 at 1:37 pm
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    There are a lot of missing voices here in the past few weeks. Me believes they still be here – just under newly formed and used faces.

    Lose 2 in a row and I’m sure they will be back – less the incognito.

    Crow is a dish best served cold…

  • February 14, 2021 at 2:34 pm
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    I think Strome needs to improve his upper body strength- that would help on FOs as well as winning puck battles which he too often loses

    Still he’s been better overall than last year and hopefully he’s committed to continuing to improve

  • February 14, 2021 at 2:35 pm
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    Carpenter off covid list

  • February 14, 2021 at 2:49 pm
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    Silent problem with someone taking fos for Strome is that line would be your O zone draws and farthest away from Blackhawks bench in 1st and 3rd periods. May defeat the purpose if have to get back to bench while rest try to play keepaway 4 on 5 to allow switch. Kampf at star5t of OT are beside bench and if i remember right, Kruger used to take Dzone and centerice draws alot and change up as play moved up ice.

  • February 14, 2021 at 2:55 pm
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    Since the Coyotes drafted Strome it has been the same narrative,he has to improve his skating and upper body strength. He is now 1 of those players that plays well in short sperts.He is not able to sustain consistent play.As they say,at this point he is what he is.I wouldn’t expect any progress in his play.

  • February 14, 2021 at 3:02 pm
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    Ian your point is well taken. But I wasn’t calling for 100% of Strome faceoffs to be taken by another center, just that there are times between the blue lines when we could get a favorable matchup for the team, similar to what Q was doing, giving Strome time on the ice with guys he is more effective with. Also, don’t discount the quiet nudge to him that he could be out there in a less embarrassing situation and better scoring opportunity (which most offensive players prefer) if he could get his face off percentage up.

    Q at times would also call for fire-drill line changes after the face off. He concerned himself a lot about matchups. It’s also a tactic easier used on veteran teams, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t get introduced to the kids. There are mentors on the bench to help with the process. It was a part of Q that was annoying, but also successful.

  • February 14, 2021 at 3:37 pm
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    Tim W – you may be right that Strome is what he is but there are players who improve with age and put it together later than age 23 which is Strome’s age

    Blake Wheeler comes to mind – a player drafted #5 overall who didn’t score over 60 points until he was 25

    Strome hasn’t had year yet where he would be on pace for over 60 points in an 82 game season but last year he was pace for 54 in an 82 game season so he’s close

    The point being that Strome doesn’t just have to be what he is if he’s committed to improving – whether he does or not is up to him and admittedly time is running short

    By the end of his current contract he’ll be 25 so maybe the Hawks had that in mind when they signed him to 2 years

  • February 14, 2021 at 4:15 pm
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    Should we just assume that Gabriel Carlsson will be a Blackhawk by tomorrow morning? I have no information on him other than he’s a youngish, big bodied defenseman and a former first rd pick..that seems to be all the criteria Stan needs these days to take a flyer on a dman..half joking of course but maybe some additional Rockford depth? Are Krutil and Phillips in Rockford for the entire season? If so, then nevermind..wasn’t sure if they were on ”loan” to the AHL until their respective junior seasons begin.

  • February 14, 2021 at 4:29 pm
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    Wrap, Strome scored 57 points in 78 games in the year he was traded to the Hawks – he scored 6 points in 20 games for Arizona and then 51 points in 58 games with the Hawks. So , 57 points is pretty darn close and if you just consider the games played with the Hawks it projects out to well over 60 points in 82 games.

  • February 14, 2021 at 4:35 pm
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    tim w.

    i agree totally about strome.

    1) he isn’t good enough on face offs or defense to compete against top six centers on cup contending teams.
    2) he isn’t the pit bull bolland kind of guy you want centering your third line.
    3) he isn’t fourth line material.
    4) he is a fine player on a middle of the pack team that slips into the bottom rung of the playoffs and exits first or second round when the ice shrinks. he has no place on a roster constructed to challenge for a cup.

    further……
    1) dach came back for the playoffs a significantly better player than what he was when the league closed down in march.
    2) beaudin put on ten pounds from last year to this year.
    3) the case can be made that in his 14th year in the league kane is having his finest season.
    4) i don’t remember de brincat ever skating this fast, this quickly, or ever forechecking like he has this year.

    what is better about strome since a year ago september? doesn’t appear he has used any of the down time from a year ago september until now to improve his skating or strength.

    might throw kubalik in that same row boat.

  • February 14, 2021 at 5:53 pm
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    Much like the “Scarlet Letter”, once a player has been branded as inferior or defective by the internet critics, there’s no coming back from it. That brand is permanent and will forever be the only thing the critics can see. Even if the player improves, there will be few mea culpas because very few critics have the self awareness and humility the criticize themselves – they’ll just move on to their next target.

    I actually thought Strome was playing better this season – offensively and defensively. But, I’m just another shlub on the internet so what do I know?

  • February 14, 2021 at 5:56 pm
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    Maybe when it comes to Strome, there’s only going to be so high of a ceiling that he’s capable of reaching. I don’t necessarily think that’s a negative as long as he’s on a reasonable cap hit. Remember, Marcus Kruger’s last cap hit was higher than Strome’s is currently. Plus, how many elite third line centers can you name in the NHL? Actually, how many elite second line centers can you name in the NHL? Malkin, Draisaitl, and Tavares..most teams are ecstatic if they have two..the Hawks won three cups with one and annual fill-ins on Kane’s line..take a look at how our centers line up once everyone is healthy..

    Toews-whether he’s truly elite anymore is an argument for another day, but he brings everything that you look for in a number one centerman. Plus, he’ll be playing with some younger wingers, so they’ll still be youth on his line.

    Dach-has the potential to be a true number one centerman but what’s great about Dach is second line center is probably his floor. So he can confidently be inserted onto one of your top two lines.

    Kampf-has turned into a true fourth line centerman who can be deployed almost exclusively in the defensive zone and still turn the ice over. A very underrated aspect of this Hawks team is David Kampf.

    Strome-now, I’m not a believer that your third line in today’s NHL needs to be a hybrid checking/scoring line. This is just my opinion, but I think the Hawks should be looking to roll three scoring lines (similar to when Crosby, Malkin, and Kessel were each on a separate line) with the fourth line playing the role of checking the top line of the opponent. Strome can definitely center a third line, play 15-16 min a night and play on either pp unit. That doesn’t seem bad at all, especially this year and next since his contract is very reasonable. Now, in two years, if the Hawks believe they have better internal options for the third line, then perhaps they move on and our third line center is Suter, Kurashev, Barratt, Slaggert, etc..but for now, I’m happy to watch and hope that his maturation continues.

    I also think that another option, when looking at how to build the forward lines, might be to look at line drivers vs the centers for each line..meaning, Kane can drive a line on his own. So maybe pair him with Toews. Dach should be able to drive a line on his own at some point sooner rather than later. And Cat already looks like he can drive line play as well. So perhaps the lines can look like this:

    ?-Toews-Kane or Reichel/Nylander-Toews-Kane
    ?-Dach-Kubalik or Suter-Dach-Kubalik
    Cat-Strome-? or-Cat-Strome-Kurashev

    Honestly, to me, Strome looks fine on the third line in these scenarios. Again, it’s all about roster construction as a whole.

    PS-One last point..last year, a lot of these same points were being brought up regarding Beaudin’s less than inspiring first year in the AHL and Cat’s lack of goal scoring..funny how one full season and one full offseason can make a tremendous difference to a young player..and I do think Strome has looked better this year, just not every single game. Consistency is what he needs to find.

  • February 14, 2021 at 6:13 pm
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    ER
    I felt Strome had a good start to the season. He was much better at the dot to start, and that has always been a knock on him. I think his effort has been good, but the results have fallen off significantly.

    I am NOT a stat person, but sometimes they can give a little insight. For instance, Strome has been a positive +/- in only 2 of 16 games this year. That, by the way, can be a very misleading stat in my opinion, but I will quote it because it is a bit startling to me. The other stat is more direct to his play: in the first 9 games, he was 66-58 in faceoffs. Not spectacular, but certainly good enough and far better than last year. His last 7 games he is 37-71 at the dot. That’s a huge swing in a statistic, and easily can raise the eyebrows of people who pay attention to stats. That’s a lot of times that the Hawks have had to chase after a faceoff. Granted, some of that can be on his wingers, just like his wingers may have been winning draws for him in the first 9 games. Again – I am NOT a big fan of throwing stats around, but this represents a concern about his play.

    I doubt he would want that stat brought up at an arbitration hearing, for someone looking to be a top 6 center.

    Here is the link to his stats – if Tab lets it go through.
    https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/s/stromdy01/gamelog/2021/

  • February 14, 2021 at 7:39 pm
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    The year Strome was acquired from Coyotes he started out that year with what turned out to be an inflated fo 58 % in first couple on months also. Then after trade he came back to more normal nos in low to mid 40s%. Not sure why such a big drop this year but maybe with his fast start he was asked to go up against other teams top guys alot in Toews absence and reality set in. If he settles into a role where he is taking 10 or 12 fos a game against teams 2nd tier fo guys where he is likely at, holding his own there approaching 50% would be considered a success.

  • February 14, 2021 at 10:12 pm
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    Hard to believe it went : McDavid-Eichel-Strome.
    But ask yourselves would you rather have Strome at $3million plus Regula or
    Schmaltz at $6 Million ?

  • February 14, 2021 at 10:17 pm
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    Good question Craig – I asked myself and replied Strome at $3 mil plus Regula

  • February 14, 2021 at 10:36 pm
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    I never had a problem with the trade. Strome still has time. Just like Boqvist. And a whole bunch of others on this team.
    He’s shown flashes. Just needs to get some confidence and consistency.

  • February 14, 2021 at 11:15 pm
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    @craig good point..another way of looking at it from a cap standpoint..will Nick Schmaltz provide $6mil of value over the next six seasons(I’m guessing that contract is not going to age well) vs Strome at $3mil for the next two + a possible contract extension . Once the cap is brought into play, and you look at the total roster that the Hawks are trying to put together, Strome doesn’t look bad at all. Add Regula to the return and it looks even better from the Hawks point of view. Stan retains cap flexibility while Strome still has this season and next to continue to grow as a player.

  • February 14, 2021 at 11:46 pm
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    Agree Craig Strome and Regula for the price a better deal.

    If Dachs and Stromes fos are enough of a concern, maybe next year do something like. Have Dach and Kane together with Suter on other wing to give a lefty righty fo combo to help Dach out. Then with Cat and Strome, maybe put an Entwistle or Johnson as pretty good righty fo guy to help Strome who can board battle, net front, handle a defensive load and maybe do a bit of pk, with them. That leaves Kurashev and Kubalik to play with Toews and other line of Kampf, Hagel, plus a spot for a Nylander to try and show he belongs or another youngster deserving ice time. Even later on in year a spot if Reichel needs to get his feet wet at Nhl level. Then at end of year decide who is getting a next contract and who isn’t, goalie situation looks like it might be in good hands. Then have to see where defense is at and who the keepers are goung to be.

  • February 15, 2021 at 7:45 am
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    Doesn’t need to be Einstein to understand that Bowman ( again) made a good trade and save a lot of money now and like slayers say ( not sure the 6 m. Will age well for Schmaltz )
    And iff and I say iff Regula become a good number 3 or 4 Dman …it will be another steel from Stan .

  • February 15, 2021 at 7:53 am
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    @Ian & silent spot. With Strome consistency comes with confidence. It seems his confidence is like a roller coaster. After watching him for some time now I can see when he is playing with confidence and when he is not. Not sure why he loses it so easily but when he is on a streak he is on fire and playing well. If after 2 games he doesn’t score you see his decline in play and looks shaken and lost.

    As far as Carlsson he is exempt from the draft. Not enough NHL games. Same with Boqvist,Mitchell and Beaudin. Stan had this all figured out to protect all these prospects from the draft. And with Carlsson playing in the AHL the last 2 years trust me a lot of NHL teams pay close attention to what goes on down there. His trade value would be very high as a developed defenseman.

    I’d prefer to keep them all. Keith has what 2 years left? Zadorov and deHaan are expendable. So in a year and a half when these kids are more developed in the NHL the left side would be Beaudin,Carlsson and Wyatt Earp.( call this kid that because he’s supposed to be another gun slinger) right side would be Robocop,Boqvist and Mitchell. That brings a balance of defensive defensemen with offensive defensemen that are young and fast.

  • February 15, 2021 at 7:53 am
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    To Hawks29-
    4) i don’t remember de brincat ever skating this fast, this quickly, or ever forechecking like he has this year.

    This is how he moved in the OHL, he has always had this style and ability to move fast and forecheck really well-
    it gets back to players like Boqvist-they come from a league where they can roam, move more freely they they get to the NHL and it’s faster and you learn if you make a mistake you don’t play-I feel D-Cat has his confidence back ad the “A” has helped.

    I can remember the first time I saw McDavid on the ice with the Cat-it was Mcdavid can fly but who is that little F%@*# darting around the ice?

  • February 15, 2021 at 8:21 am
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    Nameless Carlsson played 69 games in Rfd. in2018-19 season, that makes him eligible for expansion, anybody in their 3rd pro season of Ahl-Nhl are not exempt.

  • February 15, 2021 at 9:01 am
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    Nameless the Nhl games part is a different thing. Each team is allowed a max of 5o players under pro contract. Everybody on that list is eligible except players with not more than 2 years Ahl-Nhl experience, the leagues defeinition of pro, plus expiring ufas and players with Nmc. After the pool of eligible players is determined, teams have to meet compliancy rules, 1 goalie under contract or rfa unprotected, all Blackhawks goalies fit so no issue. 1 fwd and 1dman under contract who played 28? games this year or 54 last year and this year combined. Carlsson needs more games to fit that requirement, but Bowey now, Murphy, Zadorov if resigned before draft and Dehaan soon will fit the needs. Without resigning any rfas, Carpenter and Highmore will fit their needs for compliancy.

  • February 15, 2021 at 10:05 am
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    Ian – Cap Friendly has a Seattle Expansion Draft simulator and according to them Hagel is not exempt nor is Carlsson however Kubalik is

    Depending on if the Hawks go 8 skaters or 7D 3 Fws route and assuming for now that Seabrook is protected and DeHaan is traded then the Hawks are looking at possibly losing someone like Hagel, Nylander, Murphy or Zadorov

    Any of those players would be a significant loss IMO yet Stan doesn’t seem worried so he must have a plan and the likely plan is to not protect Seabrook somehow or other

    So then your 3D are 2,16 and 5

    Your 7 Fws are 19,88,12,17,38,92 and ? – maybe Wallmark maybe Janmark if they re-sign him maybe Shaw if he’s recovered and not traded or maybe someone they pick up from a trade

    Your 1 G is Lankinen

    This seems a far superior route to go but it all hinges on not having to protect Seabrook

  • February 15, 2021 at 11:23 am
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    I’d be interested in hearing arguments why Seabs wouldn’t waive the NMC given the current reality. I can’t come up with an argument that makes sense.

  • February 15, 2021 at 11:50 am
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    One question I have asked for a long time is what is the identity of this team. Hard and heavy like Blues and Bruins? Fast and skilled like TBL and Lanch? What are we going for?

    Maybe one of the epiphanies of our much better than anticipated performance so far is we are starting to see an answer to this in the play of our speedy, relentless young ice warriors. I hope so.

    As for Strome though, it’s hard to see him fitting in with that. I’m not against him but he is now in his fifth year and coming up on 200 games so it’s likely that the player he is now is the player he’s always going to be. IMO, the deal he got was pretty generous and until 19 and 77 come back he’s got a job by default so whatever happens he will have had more than enough chance to prove himself.

  • February 15, 2021 at 12:26 pm
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    Jordy,Well stated.This has been my concern since Strome arrived here.He drags down speedy/skilled wingers.There are few quality line rushes with him as the centerman.A prime example is his buddy D Cat. Look how much faster and aggressive that he looks like playing with faster players.The problem with Strome is that he can’t play the heavy game either because he is soft on the puck.I just don’t see where he slots in on a quality team.

  • February 15, 2021 at 1:06 pm
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    Wrap maybe so, but said same rules as Vegas draft apply, Ahl years counted there so sonething in rules would have to be different for Carlsson to be exempt. Hagel agree doesn’t have 2 years Ahl-Nhl pro experience.

  • February 15, 2021 at 1:17 pm
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    Sorry Wrap thought you said not eligible yes Carlss9n is but surprised Hagel is, with only 8 games in 18-19 season but maybe date he signed his elc has a bearing or something. Players who played a year in juniors after signing weren’t counted as year towards eligibility last time because i questioned that to cap friendly last time and they said as long it was juniors not Ahl it wouldn’t count.

  • February 15, 2021 at 1:20 pm
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    There are examples all over the NHL of players who don’t skate any better than Strome who are very productive players. The internet judge/jury/executioner crowd has made their decision and they will cherry pick the negatives and ignore the positives to make their case to each other.

    Strome has very good offensive skills who still has room to get better in other areas. It looked like he was better in some of those other areas until the last handful of games. I’m optimistic … and patient.

  • February 15, 2021 at 1:58 pm
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    Strome started the season with an excellent FO%. It has gone down quite a bit since then. He works very well with certain players, ala Debrincat. I have said, on previous posts, that he seems like more of an “assist” guy than a “scorer”. Not that he can’t score, he’s just better at dishing and going to the front of the net to screen the goalie. A dirty goal is not a bad thing. He’s a big kid. A late bloomer? Maybe. Since drafting Dach, I have penciled in Strome as the 3rd line guy. I would be curious how he would play with Suter on the RW and someone like Carpenter or Hagel. I just don’t see giving up on him. His FO% needs to level off on the positive side of 50%. I do agree with others that he needs to get stronger and play with more of a chip on his shoulder. I want him to succeed in an Indian Head Sweater. It’s really all up to him. We can opine til the cows come home. It’s all in his hands.

  • February 15, 2021 at 2:03 pm
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    The best option regarding Seabrook might be if he doesn’t play all year then he would I think meet the 60 + consecutive games missed due to injury and would probably be exempt – the league seems to reserve the right to decide who under these circumstances is exempt so I don’t know for sure but it seems to be a potential option

    If Seabrook is asked to waive his NMC I agree with MS it’s tough to see why he wouldn’t unless he simply retires – he’s not going to play again for the the Hawks so if he wants to play in the NHL he’d be wise to waive and hope to get traded or picked up by Seattle or maybe Stan has a deal in place for Seattle to pick Seabs in return for a sweetener of some kind – in any case if he waives his NMC then he doesn’t have to be protected although the Hawks will still have his contract on the books if he doesn’t get picked in the expansion draft

    Would another option be to put him on unconditional waivers? – maybe they work something out where he refuses to report to Rockford with the mutual agreement that his contract would be terminated so he could then seek an NHL job with another team on a new less expensive contract

  • February 15, 2021 at 2:22 pm
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    Wrap he would have to be considered unlikely to play in Nhl again to be exempt on ltir clause, coukd be possible. He would have to waive his nmc to be put on waivers, not sure if he would. Only move the nnc doesn’t cover is a buyout, which would clear a roster spot but not any real capspace. So not sure if that happens either. Be interesting to see how it plays out. Thinking about Hagel, why he is eligible is his year needed to be a slide year in juniors to not count, i knew that before and forgot that.

  • February 15, 2021 at 3:57 pm
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    I think the emergence of Hagel and the question marks at center (since we’re currently missing Toews and Dach) will virtually guarantee that Stan protects seven forwards: Toews, Kane, Cat, Strome, Kampf, Nylander, and Hagel..he’ll leave Carpenter, Highmore, and Shaw exposed. On the defenseman side, he’ll protect Seabrook, Keith, and Murphy while leaving DeHaan, Bowey, Carlsson and Zadorov exposed..and perhaps if Seabrook waives his nmc one of Carlsson or Zadorov could be protected as well.

  • February 15, 2021 at 4:42 pm
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    Slayer – yes Kampf as the 7th FW – forgot about him and I think you’re right

    I don’t think Stan wants to lose Zadorov after just trading Saad for him so somehow he’s got a way around that and I don’t think it means trading Murphy

    If Seabs comes to realize there is no future for him with the Hawks then I think there’s a path forward where he doesn’t have to be protected

    So we’ll see…

  • February 15, 2021 at 6:36 pm
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    Slayer Wrap you don’t think acquiring a forward to protect another team can’t wouldn’t be worth a look. As much as i like and defend Kampf he is a replaceable commidity.

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