Lukas Reichel’s Hot Start at World Championships

Germany takes on Canada today at noon CT (NHL Network) in the Men’s World Championships. If you’re watching the game, there are three Blackhawks on Canada’s roster. But your eyes will undoubtedly find Germany forward Lukas Reichel.

Reichel, who turned 19 last week, was the Blackhawks’ first round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. He’s off to a blazing start in the tournament with two goals and three assists in Germany’s first two games. He’s tied for second in the tournament with five points (and the leader, Peter Cehlarik of Slovakia, has played three games already). He has also won eight of 15 faceoffs.

The way Reichel is playing against many NHL players in this tournament is certainly opening eyes. He could be in the mix to make an impact for the Blackhawks in the coming season.

41 thoughts on “Lukas Reichel’s Hot Start at World Championships

  • May 24, 2021 at 11:17 am
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    This is exciting to see. Can’t wait to get a look at him in a Hawks uniform.

  • May 24, 2021 at 12:03 pm
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    1) hustle
    2) aggressive defense
    3) strength in keeping the dman on his back
    4) skill in the stick handling and shot

    a lot to like there.

  • May 24, 2021 at 1:11 pm
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    I thought Borgstrom was going to play for Finland but I don’t see him on the roster – anyone know anything about that?

  • May 24, 2021 at 2:07 pm
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    Well its a “positive”. Whether or not he’ll perform like that with this coaching staff is debatable and for another day. For the “half-glass full” fanbase here there is an article you should check out : SB Nation, Second City Hockey, under Number Munchers. It doesn’t even list our teams “Defensive” stats. That would be way too depressing but it lists some important offensive and special team categories that I’m sure will enlighten and surprise some fans of this “rebuild”.

  • May 24, 2021 at 2:11 pm
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    I hope I get credit for an assist on this!

    Like I have been saying all year- this kid’s Numbers are as good as Stutzle’s at same time/leagues. Stutzle had a great 1st year in NHL.

    No reason Reichel- won’t meet or surpass Stutzle’s stats.
    Plus- reading the Kid’s scouting reports- the word Relentless shows up often.

  • May 24, 2021 at 2:54 pm
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    Bluto- not sure if I’d call Stützle’s season “great”. One could make the argument Hagel had a better rookie campaign than he did. Decent and encouraging? Sure, but great? Auston Matthews had a great rookie season. Kane had a great rookie season.

  • May 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm
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    Disclaimer: I didn’t read the SB Nation article because it seems pointless to assess Year-1 of a multi-year rebuild using the same metrics used for assessing teams not going through a rebuild process. It was ugly and I don’t need fancy stats to open my eyes and tell me what I already know and was expecting. Guess what – I expect it be ugly again next season with the expectation it will be less ugly as the season goes along and into the following season.

    At the end of 2021/22, I expect to look back and see it was better than 2020/21 and then to look back after the 2022/23 season and see it was better than 2021/22.

    I expect the Point-C to Point-B progress to be largely complete after next season or by the TDL in 2022/23 and that’s when I hope to see Stan to add to the team to go from Pint-b to Point-A. Until then it will varying degrees of ugly as the young players grow physically and in their games.

  • May 24, 2021 at 4:26 pm
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    If Reichel ends up staying at center once he’s in the NHL, that’s a huge boast to our roster. Centers who can legitimately play in the top six are so hard to find..Whether Toews plays next year or not, the Hawks are looking for that next 1-2 punch down the middle for the future..Dach-Reichel..that could work..Borgstrom and Kurashev in the mix for 3c..the Hawks could be more than o.k. down the middle in a couple of years..

  • May 24, 2021 at 4:40 pm
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    HAMMER, Don’t worry my friend. It looks like he has some high end skill and is squeaking in just under the 210 LB mark so Colliton may not bury him on the 4th line for 7 minutes a game once every 2 weeks.Colliton seems to be adverse to physical forwards. I fully expect Entwistle,Johnson,Hardman,Morrison, and all others that like to body check to all be battling for exactly 1 roster spot. VIVA Le rebuild!!

  • May 24, 2021 at 4:58 pm
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    Really glad we got a good one in the crapshott area of draft in 1st rounds because that doesnt awlays happen.

    This is huge.

  • May 24, 2021 at 5:00 pm
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    We get another top 6 FW in this draft and maybe next draft were very deep in top 6 then.

    Still donot want to be like EDM with top 3 picks every yr nor do we want to be like TOR with top 3 OFF and not good at DEF.

    Get the top pair Defensemen needed to be a complete team.

  • May 24, 2021 at 5:39 pm
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    Wrap is Hamilton the best out there, obviously not, but he is likely best ufa this summer, not my first choice although he can be impact player offensively too. He was drafted 9th overall, Blackhawks drafting 11th overall, very likely could waste 5 years and get a player who is less of an impact player. Trading costs high and then you hope he signs long term substansial caphit extension. An ufa whoever it is, is a known commidity that only costs the contract value. I don’t see how you get around it all.

  • May 24, 2021 at 6:46 pm
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    Fans that pay for those seats don’t expect to see “ugly” next year. They expect to see “results” next year. Give them a steady diet of the same stuff from last year and I’ll expect the “Roar” to be of a different nature. And that’s another fact for people that don’t pay attention to facts.

  • May 24, 2021 at 7:05 pm
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    Please “NO” on Dougie Hamilton. Especially if he is going to be paid like a top-pairing d-man – which he is not. He is very good offensively but he is not top-pairing level defensively. He is basically half of a top-pairing d-man (offensive side) so he should not get paid more than half of what a true top-pairing d-man gets paid. If you were adding him to an already very good d-corps and he doesn’t break the bank – then OK, but the Hawks don’t have an already very good d-corps.

  • May 24, 2021 at 7:15 pm
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    Hammer – many fans are impatient and will not accept seeing more ugly next year but I would counter that they also don’t want to get mired in mediocrity for year and year either. After just coming out of the Hawks golden era with three trips to the mountain top, settling for perennial middle of the pack is not acceptable either. Trying to do this rebuild may not produce the result we want but it’s better than continuing to essentially do the same thing year after year. This fan would rather put up with a few more years of ugly that could lead to another mountain top experience than try to eke into the playoffs as a middle of the road team.

  • May 24, 2021 at 8:08 pm
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    EB forget Hamilton, but adding impact players is not gettung buried in mediocrity, far from it. Not a 100% sure but i can’t think of a top 10 draft pick who won a cup with the team that drafted them since 2010. Must be wrong, only 2 top 10s i know of who won cups since 2010 and not with team that drafted them is Gudbransen and Sergachev. If i’m wrong i’ll tell you but can’t think of any. That sounds like alot of year after year of mediocrity can happen going all in on draft too.

  • May 24, 2021 at 8:27 pm
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    hammer

    i paid for “those seats” for 35 years and was thrilled to do so. there are never any guarantees that come with paying for “those seats” and there is one winner out of what are usually several good teams in the league each year. if winning a cup is what you are expecting you are well served to remember you have not made an investment, but rather have gambled you will get a fun time for your buck knowing that many seasons you won’t. having season tickets over a period of time is paying for the good times when they come and realizing you don’t get those good times if you are not willing to pony up during the bad times. you don’t have the option of paying for “those seats” only when they hawks have a good year. when it comes to paying for hockey season tickets you are subject to the old saw: you pays yer money and you takes yer chances. you don’t like the results no one twists your arm to pay up for the next season.

  • May 24, 2021 at 8:55 pm
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    Hawks 29. That was then and this is now. You still paying for those seats?? I’m not spending a dime on this team until the culprit of this mess is escorted out of there.

  • May 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm
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    hammer

    you either get being a season ticket holder or you don’t.

    if i was still a full time chicago resident without question i would still be paying for those seats. paid for those seats through a lot of sad times thanks to bill wirtz and pulford. and i loathe baby bowman almost as much as i did those clowns. but i love that blackhawks sweater as much today as i did in 1955 when my mother took me to my first game. was almost thirty years in as a season ticket holder before the first cup win and being at the u c as the clock counted down to zero in game six of the stanley cup finals in 2015 made every penny i spent over all of those years absolutely worth it. other than family occasions the best night of my life.

  • May 25, 2021 at 7:23 am
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    So, you want to see the Blackhawks win another Stanley Cup?

    That means being ‘the best’.

    Do we have the best GM? NO!
    NBC Sports ranks Bowman as #27. Primetime Sports doesn’t have Bowman in the top 10.

    Here are the GMs that were available that someone else hired since 2018: Kelly McCrimmon (LAV), Julien BriseBois (TB), Steve Yzerman (DET), Ken Holland (EDM), Bill Guerin (MN), Ron Hextall (PIT).

    Do we have the best Coaching staff available? NO!

    Here are the coaches that were available that someone else hired since 2018: Rod Brind’Amour, Dave Tippett, Todd McLellan, Barry Trotz, Alain Vigneault, Peter Deboer, Pete Laviolette, Paul Maurice, Bruce Cassidy. John Tortorella is currently available,

    So, why the hell would we not want to improve our GM and Coaching staff when better options are clearly available?

    I am NOT saying all the options are better. Nor am I saying what was cited is a complete list. I am simply illustrating what was out there and what others have done. I’m sure there will be a Bowman apologist nit picking an isolated example (‘you mean you would take Bill Guerin over Bowman?) and obfuscate the main point.

  • May 25, 2021 at 7:24 am
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    Okie– “great” -perhaps a little bit of an overstatement by me.

    BUT- Stutzle’s #’s were better than Dach’s- And many here consider Dach a #1/2 Center of Future ( I think he is over-hyped)

    “Great”- is relative. Hagel- Great yes- considering he was picked up for almost nothing. Is He HOF -like 19/88 great- NO!

    Both Dach and Stutzle were #3 picks. I think Reichel will be as good/better than Stutzle- and Reichel was drafted at much lower pick. So “Great” pick/find.

    My use of the Term “great” -is relative. Were Kruger/Frolik Great players- no NOT HOF great.
    But relative to draft/pay/ role… Great-imo

  • May 25, 2021 at 8:56 am
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    Hawks 29 I meant no disrespect I was just curious if you still had them or not. Not a season ticket holder(cant afford it) but since the late 60’s I’ve gone to at least 3-5 games a year although none in the last 3 years. And yes there was some times in my life that the Hawks sucked but I still went just to see the team and because I love the sport. But as I get older now I’m just tired of the incompetence of the last couple of years, tired of the lies and excuses for this club coming from one person, how this team got dismantled by stupid moves by one person and its just not worth it to me anymore to throw good money at a team that is led by somebody who doesn’t know what they are doing and too stubborn to admit he’s wrong. If I want to see hockey I can always go watch any AHL team for entertainment, there’s 3 in my area and I can always turn on the set to watch this team. I’ve have it and I’m tired of watching him allow this buffoon of a coach to basically coach on a apprenticeship program with a system that hasn’t won a gosh darn thing. All people have here now is a hope and a prayer that players that have been drafted will amount to something down the road and we all get excited when one or two players look like they could actually be players in due time all the while a generational offensive talent like Kane, gets hacked, whacked and run into the ground by someone who hasn’t a clue in what he’s doing IMO.

  • May 25, 2021 at 8:57 am
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    wijg

    agree totally. all on rocky. hawks won cups in spite of mc donough/bowman cabal. he finally woke up to the self serving bum mc donough has been, but someone pulled the wool over his eyes in regards to bowman. the fans suffer.

  • May 25, 2021 at 9:04 am
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    I like that Reichel is thriving at Center. That’s encouraging. Especially at the faceoff where the Blackhawks, without Toews, is wretched. The jury is out on Dach. The kid had the misfortune of breaking his wrist. He lost strength and size. The injury was reaggravated because he was pressed into action when that was unnecessary. Hopefully, he comes back stronger, with a bit more muscle mass, and his faceoff percentage can make a marked improvement.

    Borgstrom is also a big center. Hopefully, he comes into camp with a chip on his shoulder and really kicks ass. I don’t know his FO% so, again, that is a concern. The thing that even more encouraging is that if any of the three youngsters falter, at Center, the wing is there for them. The team keeps moving forward.
    Previously, when we talked about Toews possibly not being the #1 Center, I had mentioned that Yzerman dropped to #2 when Federov stepped into that #1 role. Does Dach, Borgstron, or Reichel fill that role? That may be a bit much to expect, at the moment. Next year will be an interesting, Blackhawk Build Stage 2, season.

    I’m looking to the 2021 Draft to get a quality 2 way Defenseman. Carson Lambos? Daniil Chayka ? Corson Ceulemans? Of these 3, Lambos fills the bill. Chayka has the size and skill, Ceulemans goes to U of Wisconsin and plays for Coach Donato. So…does the team try to bring in a veteran defenseman who is more of a defensive asset? The team has plenty of offensive defensemen. It’s an interesting time, for sure.

  • May 25, 2021 at 9:43 am
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    On a completely different topic, does anyone thing the Oilers are made of paper? The Hawks took it to them last year in the play in round and they got swept by the Jets this year in round one. What’s the deal with that roster?

    Back on topic. I’m still looking to see who among the Hawks young players can play at an elite level. I look at the 25 and younger group and see only DeBrincat distinguishing himself. Dach has the potential but he isn’t there yet. Is Reichel going to be that type of player? I hope so, but I don’t want to place that hope on another unproven 19 year old who may be several years away from being an effective NHL player.

    My concern about the group of players the Hawks currently have in their system is that I don’t see the next set of impactful players to build a core around. Outside of DeBrincat, the Hawks prospects have not shown their ceilings to be at that elite level (yet). Dach and Boqvist and others still have time to get there, I am not suggesting they aren’t capable, only that they are not there as of right now.

    That said, this showing by Reichel is the kind of thing that makes you think he does have it in him to get to that top level. Playing the game with skill and pace is what the NHL is about right now. Seeing a Hawks prospect with the ability to do that is really exciting. Watching guys this young play is always hopeful because they have not had a chance to disappoint yet. Hope springs eternal, but I am trying to keep an even head about it and temper my expectations, but man I really can’t wait to see what he can do in a Hawks uniform.

  • May 25, 2021 at 10:37 am
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    that is awsome thanks for sharing Hawks 29

  • May 25, 2021 at 11:15 am
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    Bluto-

    If you’re just looking and goals and points totals, then yes, Stutzle had a slightly better rookie season than Dach did. That said, it’s not just all about scoring numbers. Dach had an almost 2.5 to 1 takeaway to turnover ratio. Stutzle’s numbers were practically flipped. Stutzle also played the overwhelming majority of his time on the wing, while last year Dach played a lot of center. To be fair, I’m not entirely sold on Dach being a legit top 2C going forward, either. As far as Hagel goes, I never claimed he was great, just thought his rookie season was pretty comparable to Stutzle’s, although like Dach, had much, MUCH better turnover to takeaway stats than Stutzle did. Still, it’s far too early into any of these kid’s careers to properly judge them just yet. As far as Reichel, I’m definitely intrigued and anxious to see what he’ll do once he comes to North America.

  • May 25, 2021 at 11:50 am
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    Stan sucks. Colliton sucks. Rinse. Repeat. That was easy.

  • May 25, 2021 at 12:30 pm
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    Please Say NO to Dougie Hamilton! First, I don’t want a defenseman named Dougie, it’s like having a defenseman named Shirley! Second, Calgary gave up on him because he was feline! Third, to get Dougie-Shirley, the Hawks will surely have to pay him at least $7M/year! No way!! What the Hawks need to do is trade for another Stillman type or draft a stud defenseman! We now have a plethora of centers if Toews comes back clean. So, we can trade Strome for a top-4 defenseman. Plus, if our draft pick pans out, along with Reichel, Borgstrom, and any of Regula, Mitchell, and Vlasic, we should be fine with Hawks The Next Generation!

  • May 25, 2021 at 4:07 pm
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    Tommy, that was a good one. Surely you jest … stop calling me Shirley. :=)

  • May 25, 2021 at 11:07 pm
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    We need some to be elite and we need to add elites from ufa. We need both to get a core that we want/have to have.

    Is Lambos got speed/skate?

    Do we have to have the big 6 core players like dynasty or is that dynasty recipe and winning one Cup at times be done with 4 or 5 core players and more mid players with deepness.

  • May 26, 2021 at 12:22 am
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    UFAs that I would sign for 5 years max are Montour and Wennberg from Fla. I do like Larsson and Hyman. Cagary’s Ritchie for 2 years maybe 3.

    Edmonton must blow things up along with Van and probably Cal. Tor won’t be able to keep everyone. Let’s look for our 1 yr rentals that will bring us assets. A one year for RNH could bring us big at tdl

  • May 26, 2021 at 1:13 am
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    TOMMY, Needless to say the Hawks would have difficulty getting a bag of pucks in exchange for Strome at this point. His value as Center or Wing has never been lower. I think he would have to be included with some draft picks in order to receive any type of top 4 D Man that can help this team actually clear the front of the net and maybe clog up the slot areas,but that would mean abandoning Colliton,s man on man chase the opposing forwards defense. As I was purging my DVR of the final month of Hawk games it was amazing to see how far out of position Hawk D Men were on opposing teams goals and dangerous chances. Of course in his defensive system if your man decides to go for a skate along the boards you are supposed to follow him so maybe they were exactly where he wanted them. Somebody from the Hawks front office,please sit down in a room with Torts or Gallant for and hour or 2 to understand how this is supposed to go,.

  • May 26, 2021 at 2:26 am
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    t. ivan

    strome and his cap space for a dozen #2 pencils, even without erasers, would be a great trade for the hawks. there will not be a quality top four d-man coming back to the hawks in exchange for strome.

  • May 26, 2021 at 6:29 am
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    Agree Strome not bringing a top dman, maybe a Kubalik who can give a team a needed goal scorer and seems like a spare cog to Colliton more often than not could get a conversation started in that type if deal. Playing these young defensemen in roles they can succeed in at this point is needed for them to get to next step, i would think, not expecting too much from them.

    WIJG the front office shakeup may happen but only when the owner deems it time, acquiring talent can still be done and as we saw with Pens, Blues in recent years the impact of a fo change over, can be a fairly quick and successful. Even at that they need talent to shape their team with and around with a few acquisitions.

  • May 26, 2021 at 10:14 am
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    A bunch of teams in the playoffs seem to be playing some form of man defense similar to the Hawks – they just execute better. The takeaway is execution is more important than method. The Hawks need better execution which requires players who are ready, willing and able and that takes time for players to gain experience and confidence in their own ability and the abilities of teammates to do their job so each player doesn’t get out of position thinking they need to cover for a teammate when it’s not necessary.

    There’s going to be a lot of “patience grasshopper” moments over the next season or two.

  • May 26, 2021 at 11:35 am
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    We need to keep adding those 1 yr ufa to trade at deadline they will want to come here and get more min of playing time then go to a top team for playoffs. Its good for both. Do this until we are ready. This is important because the young wavers donot do as good as hey did this yr learning experience ropes without those quality role players we had/traded at tradeline.

    Without them were really pick top 2 picks. So maybe not a bad idea for one yr.

  • May 26, 2021 at 2:01 pm
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    Ebony,Unfortunately this version of the Hawks is not capable ,or in a few cases,not willing to work hard enough to play this system. Kane,Dach,Suter,Kubalik,Nylander are not going to do well. Non physical smallish F Men,we got lots of those, are really going to be exposed. Right now maybe Murphy,Stillman,and Kalynuk can play that system but you are absolutely right that unless all 5 men on the ice are playing it balls out,it’s going to get shredded by quality offensive teams.

  • May 26, 2021 at 11:12 pm
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    See the Pens and Panthers joined the Blues, Oilers and Caps in wasting their years by not tanking for a draft choice tonight.

  • May 27, 2021 at 5:50 am
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    Watched a lot of playoff hockey last night and I did not see evidence of any of the 6 teams that I watched playing anything similar to the Colliton system of coverage in the defensive zone. It was definitely a zone coverage by the forwards with the defensemen not straying from net front or slots very far at all besides defending behind the net. The night before I noticed that Nashville allows their group of large and talented D Men to chase and wander a bit more with a forward staying back to man their area near the net.

  • May 28, 2021 at 7:39 pm
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    FLR is a good team this yr. WAS should have been up 2-0 and then/maybe wins.

    Those teams could have played agasint top teams/FLR did.

    Others wernt going anywhere anyways so yea they wasted getting a top 12 quality player to get blown out/not win like we did a yr ago.

    Glad we got what we need this yr.

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