Lightning Strikes (Often), Hawks Lose Opener

The new-look Blackhawks took the ice for their first game of the abbreviated 2021 regular season in Tampa against the defending champions.

With all of the players come and gone (and missing), there were certainly times that fans needed to check the roster to remember which numbers and players were on the ice. Here’s how the Hawks started the game:

The Blackhawks got the first power play of the game. The new-look units were:

PP1: DeBrincat-Strome-Kane-Shaw-Boqvist
PP2: Pirri-Keith-Kubalik-Wallmark-Suter

Tampa quickly got the next power play (31 seconds after the Hawks’ power play came up empty) and Ondrej Palat put Tampa on the board first.

Palat was posted up on the doorstep between Duncan Keith and Connor Murphy. The goal came 31 seconds into the advantage for Tampa.

At 16:18 into the first Mathieu Joseph made it 2-0 Tampa. Not a great look from Malcolm Subban, who was fighting it in his first start of the year.

At 17:57 into the first Anthony Cirelli redirected a shot by Erik Cernak into the net to make it 3-0 Tampa. The shot was well wide of the net but Cirelli made a terrific play to beat Subban. Cirelli and Alex Killorn (assists) had two points inside two minutes of hockey.

Palat went to the box with 48 seconds left in the period, which was a huge help for the Hawks. On the play, a shot from the point beat Subban for what would have been a fourth Tampa goal, but the penalty took the goal off the board.

The first period came to an end with a thud. Chicago had power play time carrying over to the second but they were chasing three goals. Subban didn’t look great, either. Chicago was out-shot 13-8 in the first.

Ian Mitchell, making his NHL debut, skated 4:12 in the first period with one hit. That was the lowest ice time among Chicago’s defensemen.

Subban settled in and started the second period well. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the Blackhawks offense, which was non-existent. Staying out of the box would have helped. Adam Boqvist took a seat at 4:01 and the Hawks had to desperately kill off two minutes.

When Keith went to the box at 9:01 the Hawks weren’t as fortunate. Steven Stamkos posted up in his usual spot and rifled a shot into the back of the net to make the score 4-0 Tampa. Subban didn’t have a chance; you simply cannot leave Stamkos alone in the circle but the Hawks did and paid for it.

The second period ended with that being the score.

Chicago had four blocked shots through 40 minutes of hockey – three of them from Keith. The Blackhawks’ defensemen accounted for three shots on net in the first two periods; two from Keith, one from Nikita Zadorov.

Mitchell was at 10:20 through two periods – still the lowest on the blue line.

The lowest ice time on the roster through two periods belonged to Dominik Kubalik (7:07).

Patrick Kane led the Blackhawks with three shots on net through two periods. Chicago was now getting out-shot 26-16 after another 13-8 period.

Subban made a few huge saves early in the third but the Blackhawks simply didn’t generate any offense whatsoever.

When you can’t control the puck, you start chasing and that’s precisely what the Hawks were doing. And it caught up with them. Stamkos took a victory lap and found Brayden Point for Tampa’s fifth goal of the night at 6:45 into the third. The assist was Stamkos’ third point of the evening.

At 16:36 into the third Dylan Strome scored the first goal of the season for the Blackhawks. The goal came on the power play and was unassisted.

That would close the scoring for the night. 5-1 was the final.

The final shots were 33-22 in favor of Tampa.

Mitchell looked solid. He skated only 16:59, the lowest on Chicago’s blue line, and was credited with one shot on net, two missed shots and one hit.

Kubalik skated only 11:32 and was credited with zero shots on net.

David Kampf was the best Blackhawk at the dot, winning 10 of 13 draws. Strome won 11 of 19.

These two teams play in Tampa again on Friday night.

70 thoughts on “Lightning Strikes (Often), Hawks Lose Opener

  • January 13, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    They are what we thought they were, going to be a long road. Remember where theu are now and see how far they can progress in next couple of years. Player individual improvement the big thing this season. Subban wasn’t bad, made some highlight saves, definitely gotta work on rebound control to be a number 1 in this league.

  • January 13, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    The Hawks might be weak, small, slow, under-talented and under-inspired, but at least we have Colliton’s mortition-type personality to motivate the boys. We are screwed!!!

  • January 13, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    “Holy Schnikes!!” That was horrible!! I don’t even know what to say about this team???? You have to trade Kane Now!! We are now in the Pulford years…….

  • January 13, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Ryan Pace approves this performance.

  • January 13, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Collitin = Alpo….. #2 you should beg for a trade man… Bright side we will be drafting 1-4 for at least 3 years !! JEAH !!

  • January 13, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Despite the off season attempts to toughen up, it is still quite safe in front of the Hawks’ net.

    Subban did not look relaxed in the first period, but was quite good after that.

    The Strome, Kane, DeBrincat line could not find any rhythm. When these three don’t have space, they are ineffective and they did not have any space. Tampa was crowding them. DeBrincat did have a couple decent looks, but the struggles from last year continue when it comes to finishing.

    Suter was noticeable. Shaw looked pretty good. Boqvist looked like he did in the playoffs. That’s not a compliment.

    I think we were all hoping for a bit better than we got, but realistically knew that this was probably the way it would be. Tampa is a really good team and the Hawks are a really mediocre team.

    See you Friday, but if it’s like this, I won’t make it through the whole game.

  • January 13, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Maybe the plan is to run the team into the ground and write the losses off against the profits from the liquor business. If that’s the case then Rocky has the right guy in charge. Extend Stan!

  • January 13, 2021 at 10:44 pm


  • January 13, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I have very low expectations for this team. I’ll be happy if I see just one very good play each game. Subban’s paddle save was nice but it was more of a desperation lunge than a great play. Disappointed tonight.

  • January 13, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    It is what we all expected.This is still a soft,small,easy to play against team.I thought Suter was the best forward on the ice for the Hawks.Boqvist was horrible,won’t waste any words on him.Get Kane away from Strome and Debrincat. Try Suter,Kane,Kubalik.Put Shaw with Strome and Debrincat. If you want to get some offense you are going to have to get Kurashev and Hagel into the lineup and sit Highmore and Carpenter.Janmark is a 4th liner along with Walmark.Put Carllson in for Boqvist.Suban was hung out to dry but he is a backup goalie.Mitchell looked decent.He moves the puck well.

  • January 13, 2021 at 10:55 pm


  • January 13, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Pulford years !!

  • January 13, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    This is what rebuilding looks like especially when you have your Captain and your franchise prospect out long term.

    There will be no illusions this year. Embrace the L-O-T-T-E-R-Y.

  • January 13, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Tim W – agree on the 12 17 88 line not a combo that works against a good defensive team but they’ll probably get more of a run

    Need to make better use of Kubalik though – I would put Kurashev between Suter and Kubalik

    Also would like to see Hagel in the line up soon

    Subban was not good – bad rebound control

    I’m looking forward to Boquist getting stronger and he will

    Let’s see Delia next game

  • January 13, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    No matter what happens in any of the 55 games.
    One thing to remember for this season/yr not that its an excuse its a fact. Were playing without our entire 1st line and a top 10 goalie.

    20 19 77

    Trickle effect

  • January 13, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    One Goal.

    This yr is to get another top 3 or 5 draft pick. That is the only way to load the young wave good enough to have a core to win with again. The next Cup will be the bulk being young wave.

  • January 13, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    We are screwed!!!
    “Holy Schnikes!!” That was horrible!

    This is exactly what we want its what it takes to get top 3 quality draft players. The better of the elite players in the league.

    Keep 19 77 out for season and without 20 50 were looking good for another gem like 77. This time being a top pair stud.

    Were right on sch for what we need.

  • January 13, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Well, the good news is that everything we expected, we got. The goaltending is going to be questionable all year. The lines are constructed as such that we have a 2nd line, two 3rd lines, and a 4th line. So cycling in the offensive zone, yet alone scoring, is going to be difficult this year. And even though it’s only one game, I didn’t see anything that would make me greatly miss DeHaan, Murphy or Zadorov. Trade one or two at the deadline(maybe you’ll get lucky and you can add a couple 2nd rounders from separate contenders looking for playoff blueline depth), expose the 3rd at the expansion draft, and bring up Carlsson, Beaudin, and Kalynuk. I have a feeling the Hawks are already thinking about this exact plan, and it’s why they’ve been giving Carlsson some reps on the right side . Keith, Beaudin, and Kalynuk on the left with Mitchell, Carlsson, and Boqvist on the right. Regula in the wings on the right and hopefully a high draft pick added to the blueline in this years draft. You’ll be incredibly young on the blueline but you’ll also be very inexpensive so you’ll have the capital to add goaltending and/or take advantage of another teams salary cap woes and add a pick/prospect package for salary relief.

    And yes, this is a definite overreaction given that the Hawks just played the defending cup champions without their top two centers lol. However, I still think the above plan is worth implementing. The ”experience” they have on the blueline isn’t going to make any difference this year. Better to go young, fast, and inexpensive while collecting draft capital. I’d rather save $8.5 on my blueline while continuing to restock the prospect pool if the W-L column isn’t going to be affected at all.

  • January 13, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Yes, the good news is …..we`re going to get a lottery pick this year for sure. I thought Suter looked okay as well. Kubalik was invisible tonight. In terms of forwards, what a difference Toews, Dach, Soderberg and even Nylander would have made to our offense tonight. Fact……..we need to draft bigger, stronger, and faster players for both Top 6 forwards and Top 4 Dmen positions. We will not dictate the play against better teams until this is addressed. No longer can we draft or trade for players that are average skaters at best ( i.e. Strome and Boqvist ). Unless a prospect has Kane type skills it makes no sense in todays league to draft a player with average skating. Not one single pick can be wasted anymore on a player who does not have superior skating skills. I`m very concerned about the Boqvist pick now. His skating has not improved this summer. He`s still a prospect and at lower levels has shown very good hockey skills but his skating is a problem and it`s not going away. Strome is another example . He simply can`t dictate the play because of his skating shortcoming. If it takes these two players ( and more….. i,e Debrincat ) to get you a young stud in a trade ( i.e. Dubois and ? ) you have to do it.

  • January 13, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    If you want try getting Kane going, maybe Suter between him and Kibalik. Then Kurashev in for Pirri with Cat and Strome, could give a resemblance of a top 6 at least.

  • January 13, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    We were playing against a top 4 team. A team picked to win the division. Need to play Kubalik more. Agree with the line changes. That fourth line did look good.

    Kubalik Suter Kane
    DCat Strome Shaw
    Janmark Wallmark Kurashev
    Highmore Kampf Hagel

    Leave Boqvist in for more games, say 7. Then Carlsson for 7. Then Kalynuk for 7. Then Beaudin for 7. Regula too for 7. That’s 35 games in. We get a look at all of them. Probably going to trade a dman. Keep up the ones that looked the best to finish the season.

    Could probably do the same for the offense. It’s a rebuilding year so let’s get the right blocks that we have to build with.

  • January 13, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Forgive me if anyone has mentioned this already but, what about a Kubalik-Strome-Kane line??? Cat looked lost out there to me, and so did Kubalik. I know its only one game, but…huh? Your Calder Trophy finalist with bottom minutes? What’s up with that?
    Ian Mitchell reminds me SO MUCH of 2 & 7 when they were kids pre-2007. Gosh he was fun to watch tonight(when he was out there). All heart. All hustle. Kid was flying…
    And that’s what I’m taking with me for the rest of this shortened season.

  • January 14, 2021 at 1:18 am

    Not a surprise, and a lot more of that in the near future. Gonna have ups and downs and since we don’t yet know where the bottom is we can’t be sure is this was an up or a down. Scary, I know.

    But hey, a couple more weeks of this and maybe Kane will consider asking Stan to trade him. Unfortunately with how well Cozens played in the WJC – Buffalo probably wouldn’t trade him so we’ll have to go to Plan-B (whatever that is). There’s a potential silver lining.

    This season will certainly cull the herd. Should have plenty of leg room on the Hawk train before too long – see, there’s another silver lining.

  • January 14, 2021 at 3:46 am

    I hope once the ahl starts boqvist gets sent down and is let loose offensively and partner up with maybe future partner Regula. Seems like part of a plan more than it is a demotion.

    The story of Stamos coming back banner raising then 3 points I’m sure has him feeling good. Wouldn’t be shocked to see another big game from him friday.

    I figured Tampa would score at least 8. The Stanley Cup Champs vs a whole bunch of guys mostly playing together for the first time.

    I would not even try to evaluate any of the goaltending until March. It is unfortunate the Blackhawks do not have a fourth goalie in the mix. Have to wonder of some unsigned unknown would relish the opportunity to play in the Ahl waiting for a spot.

    I imagine a lot of what jc is planning us tight in his pocket. I expect a rotation of players. Really this team is a great opportunity for several guys especially those not signed past this season.

    Wow that us a lot of flex in that Mitchell stick.

  • January 14, 2021 at 5:23 am

    This was like watching one of those one sided World Juniors games. I thought Subban was decent after the first period, and like others have said, Suter was noticeable in a good way. It’s gonna be a tough year to watch Hawks hockey.

  • January 14, 2021 at 7:08 am

    That is what Subban brings to this team ….a 4.50 g.a.a.

  • January 14, 2021 at 7:24 am

    It’s gonna be a looooong short season!

  • January 14, 2021 at 7:40 am

    HAWK4LIFE, very true. A case can be made for moving the core vets, as it can for a new coach and Gm, both cases are legitimate. Truth is all have been extended for or still under contract for another 2 or 3 years and unlikely any of them going anywhere anytime soon. Just gotta see where this process goes or doesn’t go whether were in agreement with how it’s goung down or not.

  • January 14, 2021 at 7:45 am

    You can’t trade Kane unless he wants to be traded-full stop.
    The lack of depth and exciting players, we have 2 and one in injured for the year and Kane will lack some motivation.

    The good news is there is a chance (a few years late perhaps) to do this right. Try hard , take the lumps; both each game and bigger picture, and get better hopefully.
    Culliton will be part of these tough years-then a new coach will come in. Teflon GM–who knows.

    Will be hard to watch complete games. Hopefully a hidden gem appears this year.

  • January 14, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Always like being in the position where we already won a Cup/let alone 4 in 6 yrs and the teams we beat ti win each Cup for some reason do well against us the next few following yrs. Always take the Cups/2015 first then take our medicine from the teams we beat for a few yrs after.
    I ll take that every time.

    January 14, 2021 at 3:46 am
    The story of Stamos coming back banner raising then 3 points I’m sure has him feeling good. Wouldn’t be shocked to see another big game from him friday.

    I figured Tampa would score at least 8. The Stanley Cup Champs vs a whole bunch of guys mostly playing together for the first time.

  • January 14, 2021 at 8:09 am

    It’s clear they lacked the leadership of Toews on the ice and secondarily Dach

    Not sure who will step up in that role amongst the FWs – I think Kane probably wants to but he’ll need a better line if that’s even possible but his style of play doesn’t lend well to be an on ice leader

    Soderberg will help some when he joins

    Hope we see Kurashev in for Pirri on Friday

  • January 14, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Thats what I was thinking when people say its going to be a long season. Actually its a very short 55 games and will be over faster then 55 games normally is.

    Couldnt be a better yr for what we have to do.

  • January 14, 2021 at 8:12 am

    This for previous post.

    January 14, 2021 at 7:24 am
    It’s gonna be a looooong short season!

  • January 14, 2021 at 8:16 am

    I like the guy who said about having a full roster of fast/good skaters. Once we get 23man to where we want which will take a couple yrs.

    A lot can happen and fast/couple yrs when you add back a top 10 goalie? 19 77 two elite top 3 or 5 draft players and other young wave players get established and then add a couple ufas that are good like we did with 51 81 27 hands verm other.

    The harder the hit now the moar were going to be smiling in a couple yrs.

  • January 14, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Ladies and Gentlemen.
    The 2021 Chicago Blackhawks.
    (Or Bambi vs. Godzilla)

    Presented by The President Of Hockey Operations, The Great and Powerful Oz.

    Heard he just signed Steve Passmore to a 2 year $5 million deal.

  • January 14, 2021 at 8:59 am

    I will state the obvious here.If you want to get a true perspective on how bad this Hawks team is.Tune into another NHL game directly after and watch what competent professional hockey looks like.I watched a bit of St Louis,who looks loaded and ready,vs Colorado and Vancouver vs Edmonton.Even at full strength the Hawks are light years away from their levels of play.The Hawks are down to 1 top 6 forward and a bunch of 3rd and mostly 4th line forwards.I am sorry.I don’t get the infatuation with the Kamph-Carpenter-Highmore line.I see that they skate hard for the most part,but they are not dangerous and are easily knocked off the puck.The MARKS boys are your 4th line with Shaw.Get Carllson into the lineup for Boqvist and if you are going to leave that slow skating train wreck in the lineup,please do not let him be your only D Man on the ice.He can’t or won’t skate to get back to defend on the powerplay.He continues to be rag dolled in the defensive zone also.I need to take a breath.We are only 1 game in and I am going crazy.

  • January 14, 2021 at 9:35 am

    I had predicted a 5-2 loss…so I was close .
    JR i like the idea of having all those Dman start 7 games each to see them and to show the kid that you believe in them by letting them play and have good time in NHL…it’s a fun game to play specially if you follow the coach instructions and you give your maximum each game ,of course the kids will make mistakes and the coaches know that but at the end everybody will be happy.
    Next Game
    Hawks loose 4-2
    Remember that they play against the Stanley cup Champion

  • January 14, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Now we know why Kid Coach got the extension before the season started because StanBo really would have been laughed at if he got the extension after this game. Thank goodness its a “short” season. I’d be shocked if they crack 40 points this year. Read in the Hockey News that they are the 31st ranked team in the league. Next year they will probably be 32nd.

  • January 14, 2021 at 9:49 am


    You can count on the whining to get more intense as the season goes along. But you know that – you are one of the wiser people out here.

    In this age of NOW living, there unfortunately aren’t any apps on phones that can take away the stench we will be forced to endure this year and likely next. People need to relax and quit expecting this team to be fixed in the amount of time everything else in their lives gets changed these days. Ain’t gonna happen.

    Last night was sad. Real sad. I think Detroit will need to lay down in order to play to our level. Subban was just as advertised – needs work on controlling rebounds, but can make spectacular athletic saves. He is still a project.

    The happiest people on this board ought to be season ticket holders. How would you feel if you were actually PAYING to watch this product at the UC?

    The organization did the fans – and specifically the season ticket holders – a favor by starting the rebuild in a season where we aren’t being asked to put up hundreds of dollars a night to watch the chaos that is The Chicago Blackhawks this season.

    Luckiest player from last year’s roster NOT on this year’s team: Brandon Saad. Go get another ring young man. Every year someone from the former Hawks gets one.

  • January 14, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Been a diehard since the 1970s This is going to be the ugliest season I’ve laid witness to. And if we are being brutally honest, other than perhaps Ian Mitchell (who I love) there isn’t really any blue chip young talent here. Rather this roster features two Hall of Famers (Kane, Keith), a handful of proven veterans (e.g., Murphy), a number of middling at best prospects (e.g., Boqvist, Suter) and several younger talents who carry limitations and weakness (e.g, Debrinicat). There is no viable NHL goaltender on this roster either. Not even a viable backup. Oh, and Colliton is the idiot coach who Bowman is entrusting to be the teacher, mentor, counselor.

    Only a matter of time now before Duncan Keith waives his NMC and demands a trade to a contender. You will see him skate for a Stanley Cup contender this year.

  • January 14, 2021 at 10:24 am

    To manage exceptions for the rest of this year, here are some myths I would like to dispel:
    1. Blackhawks are Rebuilding: The Blackhawks, like almost every other professional sports team, is trying to deal with at least 2 years of financial mayhem. With no fans to boo, no season tickets to sell, and no real downside to losing, this is the time to reduce overhead and cut to the core. Coincidentally, it may result in a rebuild, but financial survival is the real objective.
    2. The Kids Are Alright: Just playing the rookies and giving them ice time is worthless unless there are opportunities to succeed – playing with seasoned veterans and not being left exposed, being assigned a specific role, etc… Simply throwing them in the deep end and seeing who will sink or swim is idiotic.
    3. Colliton: The Blackhawks PR department has been trying to sell Colliton as a great communicator, developer of talent and something of a visionary. The reality is that he is in way over his head and Marc Crawford and Jonathan Toews have been doing his job for him. We know Toews is the guy who motivates, kicks asses, demands more and leads this team. Marc Crawford is probably the real X’s and O’s guy (who has the grease board in timeouts?), especially after Colliton’s 1 & 1/2 man fantasy collapsed.
    4. Nylander has Potential; Nylander will NOT fight for anything. He simply won’t – and never will – fight for the puck, position, rebounds, linemates, self or team. How many times have we seen him take a shot and drift off to the corner rather than fight to net and fight for the rebound? If he had Andrew Shaw’s drive, determination and guts, Nylander would be an NHL Allstar. Short of a brain transplant, he will never amount to anything.
    5. The Blackhawks are Committed to Winning a Stanley Cup: Danny Boy is more interested in appearing to be socially virtuous while still making money. The Blackhawks are a merchandising and entertainment company that happens to play hockey. Ownership is not emotionally invested in the Blackhawks winning like we fans are. We care. They don’t. End of story.

  • January 14, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Will we make the playoffs – nope

    Will we finish in the bottom 5 – very likely

    Not sure why people are so surprised with the departures and injuries

    But, wow…one game in and the comments on here are crazy…you realize they just played the defending Stanley cup champions.

  • January 14, 2021 at 10:39 am

    NHL Tankathon already has the Hawks getting the number 1 pick and selecting Owen Power. So we got that going for us.

  • January 14, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Chuckie83 ….it won`t matter who the F%$k the Hawks play ……they will get their asses handed to them .

    Who is John Galt? Beautifully said !

  • January 14, 2021 at 10:51 am

    SS – healthy, wealthy and wise – pick one. Right!? If you get get one, you’re lucky. If you get two, you’re very lucky. If you think you get all three – wake up, you’re dreaming.

    Whining about stuff is part of life for all but a handful of people and most of them are monks living on a mountain in Tibet. I get it. I whine about stuff too. People gotta be who they are. At least with the current version of the Hawks the whiners don’t have to look very far to find something to whine about. ;=)

    One way to look at Game#1 is that it set the bar low enough so there’s almost no where to go but up (I hope).

    And, oh by the way, note to self: find some time to review youtube highlight vids of Owen Power so I can get excited about the guy I hope the Hawks pick with the #1 overall pick in the 2021 draft.

  • January 14, 2021 at 10:58 am

    Craig, way to go NHL Tankathon – that’s the spirit! Now we have to come up with a slogan … what rhymes with Owen or Power? ,,, not coming up with anything … fall off the tower for Power … yeesh! C’mon people, put those creative thoughts to work.

  • January 14, 2021 at 10:59 am

    They are becoming irrelevant, the worst position for a pro athletic franchise.

  • January 14, 2021 at 11:12 am

    Tim, agree on the 4th line. They skate hard, but they don’t have good control of the puck. I feel like they are all a clone of each other. There’s nothing that stands out.
    They aren’t hard to play against. Conversely, Tampa’s 4th line creates turnovers, they transition well, and keep control of the puck.

    But it’s a theme the runs through the Hawks lineup no matter what line is out there.

    IMO Boston has the ideal 4th line. Players like Nordstrom, Kuraly, Wagner. They can be dangerous.

  • January 14, 2021 at 11:52 am

    Right now there is no clear consensus #1 pick overall. This is potentially a problem because even if we get the pick it gives Stan free reign to pick who he wants. In 2018 the obvious picks for us at #8 were either Bouchard or Dobson. Stan went for Boqvist (because of his alleged, although yet to surface, enormous upside). Then when Veleno fell to us, Stan went off the board again for another smurf in Beaudin. Admittedly Veleno has yet to dazzle, but picking him made more sense than Beaudin. 2018 was supposed to be the draft that started the rebuild but as time goes by it feels more like the “lost draft”

    The point is Spreadsheet Stan (not a real hockey guy) has a history of trying to prove himself smarter than everyone else (this year’s draft felt the same as 2018 to me with picking guys way ahead of where they were ranked). So unless a clear top pick emerges, the risk of Stan making a mess of it will be there.

  • January 14, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Just to add, Canucks have two burgeoning mega stars in Pettersson and Hughes. They were picked at #5 and #7 respectively. So while the Stan apologists will point to Dach as a success, if you’re pipeline is already thin (as ours has been forever) you can’t afford to blow a top 10 pick on a stretch.

  • January 14, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    John Galt nailed it.
    A lot of have said the same thing.

    Funny how spin becomes reality.

    His comments on Coliton, the rookies, rebuilding, and Nylander could not be more poignant.

  • January 14, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    How about “We’re going to be blowin for Owen”!!!!

  • January 14, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    I’m tired of the rationalization made on here about Boqvist. The bottom line is he was a big draft day mistake and there is little if anything to get excited about with his development. He is on the path to being an unadulterated bust, and a guy who bounces around in the AHL for a living. Sorry to be critical against the popular flavor of Kool-Aid, but there is nothing to hang your hat on with this kid. And the, “he’s very young, he’s very’ young and you are being prematurely judgmental on his future” is your hang-up, and not mine.

    If Bowman had a draft day do-over, then Boqvist wouldn’t even be a consideration until the 4th round.

  • January 14, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Adam Boqvist meet Alex Nylander.

  • January 14, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    jordy hawk

    ryan pace is the bears answer to bowman. another “smartest in the room” guy who drafts stretch picks when the cupboard is bare rather than higher rated players.

    he came on the scene after bowman, but is arguably more inept.

  • January 14, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Hammer time….perfect. You win the internets today.

  • January 14, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Subban is trash…
    Where are those from last year who wanted Crow gone? crickets…..
    Hawks have no fire power… plain & simple.
    Wonder what Keith needs to wave NTC
    minus 3 was it yesterday? LOL
    “not his fault”.
    Lets see how our next try out goalie plays on Friday and how many goals WE score… ONE GOAL ain’t cuttin it.

  • January 14, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    After further digestion of last night and watching other games–
    I found great joy in the Oilers loss. “Best team in Canada” my a$$ (Draisaitl said it in a presser) I rather like the All Canadian Division. That will be fun.

    I like Ian Mitchell and I hope JC doesn’t f*ck him up.

    Cheers, friends.

  • January 14, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Hammer – that’s good – blowin for Owen. Very creative and hopefully true. :)

  • January 14, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Stefanie – you have a way of bringing a smile to my face!

  • January 14, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Duncan Keith was minus 29 yesterday.

  • January 14, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    DOnt get cocky kid (Han Solo) We havnt won anything yet. Worst record/that 1 spot is a bullseye. The 2 3 4 5 6 spot is where its at before ping pong balls.

    I am not jumping ship like the captain doesnt. Kaner is the captain for this yr and 19 next yr. Stay the course its the WAY to a loaded young wave core.

    Donot see 2 88 bailing/jumping when its there turn to be captain goes with the ship. Only if really big returns/or comes back in few yrs as ufa anyways for decent caphits.

  • January 14, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Not if your looking for your next 19 88 with 77 and your next 2. (not going agasint anything your saying just saying)

    January 14, 2021 at 10:59 am
    They are becoming irrelevant, the worst position for a pro athletic franchise.

  • January 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Two of tehse guys were Blackhawks and could have stayed for cheap but we were a dynasty team and couldn keep chump change/now we donot have the luxury of a 4th with those styles.

    We ll get those kind back when the time is right.

    IMO Boston has the ideal 4th line. Players like Nordstrom, Kuraly, Wagner. They can be dangerous.

  • January 14, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Was it a typo in the Buckaroo trade. We traded the wrong guy.

    January 14, 2021 at 1:54 pm
    Adam Boqvist meet Alex Nylander.

  • January 14, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    Lots of here have been with Mitch from the start. The force is strong with that one.

  • January 14, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Get used to it, gonna be a long year. Actually gonna be bad for years to come.

  • January 14, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Live Barn – 1000% accurate re Boqvist. The three most recent comparables:

    Macavoy – Boston:. Top 10 D pick, Top 4 D man from day one into perpetuity.

    Makar – Colorado:. See above, ditto.

    Hughes – Vancouver:. See above, ditto.

    To be fair to Bowman, Beudin has a chance to be a very steady, solid NHL D man. Chosen at the end of the same draft, 1st round. Hawks needed forwards desperately, Bowman passed on Farabee on Flyers.

    Live Barn, your point well taken. Kudos.

  • January 14, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Keith on his way to -29….. HOF …. GULP, GULP.
    “Here, take the puck,I don’t wanna get hit”!
    But I’ll chop you all day… from behind… HOF

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