Prospect Ian Mitchell Named Second-Team All-CHN

On Monday, College Hockey News named their all-star teams for the unfortunately abbreviated 2019-20 season.

Blackhawks prospect and University of Denver defenseman Ian Mitchell was named to the second team. DU finished third in the NCHC during the season behind North Dakota and the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

You can view the complete All-CHN teams here.

79 thoughts on “Prospect Ian Mitchell Named Second-Team All-CHN

  • March 23, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    get him signed and give him every opportunity to play for the team next year if he is good enough to play.

    let’s compare this d-man core to any of the cup winning teams. the current level of keith’s play would qualify him for second pairing on those teams. de haan and murphy likely could play third pairing on those teams and no one else on this roster could play on those teams.

    it is more than likely all three of those guys will have rolls on the team next year if healthy. in my mind that leaves three spots in the top six and boqvist certainly gets one spot if his head isn’t scrambled from the multiple concussions he has had at a very young age. i want to see carlsson, mitchell, and beaudin get every opportunity to claim those last two spots on the top three pairings. bionic seabrook might be better than what he was, but he is not a player for the future and should not be blocking any young guy who shows he can compete. not necessary to excell. just compete and get better as the season progresses.

  • March 23, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Good for him, nice accomplishment to finish his Ncaa career and lead into his Blackhawks career. Agree sign him asap. Unless a major acquisiti9n happens i expect Keith and Murphy to pair with Boqvist and Mitchell to start next year. Hard to count on both or either Dehaan and Seabrook playing an full year impact role next season until it we actually see it happen. So that could and should create opportunities for Beaudin, Carlsson and maybe others to develop as season plats out.

  • March 23, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    2 Mitchell
    5 6
    7 (46, 44????, 74)

    I would put Dehann higher on this list but I have no idea how bad that injury is long term, how many minutes can this guy log? Is he really the future at all? Beaudin did not look bad, but need to see him alot more to see what is actually there at the NHL level. Seabrook isn’t going anywhere based on his contract, the big thing is limiting his minutes so he is effective. I think maybe Dehann in a trade with Boqvist. Sorry not a fan of Boqvist lets move on and I’m not sure of how durable Dehann is, solid defensman but basically a bad hit away from season ending injury…..

  • March 23, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Knox whether or not you are a fan of Boqvist, he is an 8th overall pick with 41 Nhl games played and 2 yrs. left on his elc. It’s not reasonable to think they give up on him yet.

  • March 23, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    @ian I agree with your comments. I just hate the logic everyone is using….
    1. He’s the 8th overall pick
    2. He’s played 41 NHL games
    3. 2 years left on his elc.

    I want to see something like Kubalik, most goals as an NHL rookie or +10 for the whole season. 1st or 2nd in assists on the team, something that shows progress or reasoning he should be playing at the NHL level and warrant playing here besides give him more time. I don’t like the narrative ever with NHL players just give him more time…… It’s just a free pass in my opinion until the next big player comes down the pipe. Ian Mitchel is making everyone forget about Boqvist on the top line. I think alot of us are hoping he’s in the top pairing with Keith instead of Boqvist…..

  • March 23, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    The logic is because normally defenseman take about 150 to 200 Nhl games to make a reasonable judgement. Mitchell has alot of promise and couple of years older but may be alot to expect him to step in right away and have the success he has had in Ncaa, most likely take him time to adapt his game as well.

  • March 23, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    @ ian and knox

    i am in agreement with both of you. from what i have seen i am not the least bit impressed by boqvist in terms of being a top two d-man on a first rate team. i don’t think he has good defensive instincts, don’t think he pivots well, and certainly he cannot play a physical game. however, he is very young, is a very high pick, and does have offensive skills. if he could be paired with a hjalmarsson type he could be very effective.

    i am concerned about his concussions and because of that reason would not be opposed to have him included in a trade. i feel the same way about de haan and his shoulder. he was basically worthless this year and is perhaps one more hit away from being worthless again this year. as knox said, i would not be the least bit upset if both were included in the same trade and those injury concerns are off the roster rather than realized.

  • March 23, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    BBB one of my biggest complaints has been Bowman trading his top picks and not trying to develop them. I believe that’s a must going forward and not going to flip on that issue. Concussions are a reality in todays league, like the old saying ” you can run from them, but you can’t hide.:

  • March 23, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Good for Mitchell. But the narrative that Boqvist is not a good young player is just plain wrong.

    Boqvist over Mitchell any day of the week. And they both will be the future of us on the blue line.

    De Hann/Murphy

    Compliance buyout Seabrook.
    Maatta will be very tradeable, if you are uncertain about Calvin which is very possible then keep Maatta around.

    Send Beaudin back to Rockford for more seasoning. .
    Now you have depth especially young dmen going forward.

  • March 23, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    IMO Boquist will be a very good player in this league maybe not a Norris winner but a very good NHLer – I look at Kris Letang as a comparable for his ceiling – I’d take that

    I think the ideas for next year’s D are mostly accurate unless there’s a surprise like a Pietrangelo signing for example

  • March 23, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Mitchell played very well for Team Canada at the recent Spengler Cup. Tournament comprised of men’s club teams. Big boy hockey.

  • March 23, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Duncan Keith 36 years old, Brent Seabrook 34 years and someone comes up with the brainwave to trade 19 year old Adam Boqvist.

    How about developing the most talented defenseman Chicago has by playing him in Rockford until he is actually nhl ready. Nope Bowman and company rush the kid to the nhl and Boqvist gets blasted by some hawks fans because management put the kid in a position not to succeed.

    Quit trading for players that are injury prone players like Shawsy and De Haan.
    Trade anyone who is not in the long term plans. I guess that’s were one of the many problems begin. There is no plan for the future.

    There should be at least a dozen players traded before Boqvist.
    How about moving on from now 35 year old Corey Crawford?

  • March 23, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Good job Stape…..Most here drinking the koolaid from 2010-2015…
    Some players were good BACK THEN… they got Huge contracts… Move on…
    Sports aint ABOUT what you did 5-10 YEARS ago….
    The Clowns think those players NEVER gunna age. ….ha

  • March 23, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    @ stape

    before i defend myself i have a question. is it inaccurate to say mitch mc connell looks like mc donough’s ten year older jowly faced brother?

    i was furious with the de haan and shaw trades exactly because of the injury history issue. i was also furious with the jokiharju trade for exactly your opinion that you develop a high draft choice d-man rather than trade him. especially for a three year ahl failure forward with no guts who takes off shifts. the only reason i would not be opposed to trading boqvist is the concussion issue. this could be a player one or two severe head hits away from being done and the hawks left with nothing.

    as far as my “furious” mind state. i will go to my grave arguing that dach and boqvist should have played in the whl and ahl this year. i am tired of the argument that there are head hunters in the ahl. they are in the nhl as well. boqvist could not defend himself this year because of his slight size and lack of strength and, even though he is a big kid, dach was thrown around like a rag doll this year. they needed to be in an atmosphere where they could have developed their skills, played 22/24 minutes a night in all situations, and played as leaders rather than learning how to be players fighting to keep their heads above water. they were in the top nine forwards and top four d-men on this team, but that was only because the team was garbage. that is no excuse for children playing in a men’s league. it was a sad decision based on bowman’s pathetic attempt to sneak in the playoffs and save his job. does anyone think either of those guys would have played with the hawks this year if wirtz had told bowman his job was safe no matter how the team fared this year? additionally both players used up a year on their elcs and both of their ufa clocks started.

    it bothers me greatly that we aren’t headed into next year with joki, rookie boqvist, rookie mitchell, and rookie carlsson and that last three playing on the first year of their elcs.

    if you want to take the development issue back several years there was 2013 where jimmy hayes could have stepped in for bickell for less than a fourth of his cap hit. danault as well. maybe pirri could have found his way if he had the leash that nylander had. in the cap era there are precious few players who are more valuable than a rookie who has developed in the ahl into a player capable of stepping in with the varsity, contributing solidly as a rookie, and having three full years production on his elc.

  • March 23, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    @ BBB
    I read your posts and can tell right away that you know your stuff.
    You are a passionate Hawks fan and I for one enjoy reading your comments.

  • March 23, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Mitch is a beauty. Theres a young core player Phil and maybe Boq stays or trade for another player of equal value. Your looking at two of the top 4 Defensemen for when were good again.

  • March 23, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    I think alot of us are hoping he’s in the top pairing with Keith instead of Boqvist…..
    Id be ok with that. Soupy was a 3/4 and hes similiar to BoQ.

    There is no plan for the future.
    If were not doing this to be good/get better as we go along, but not good enough so that were getting top 5/10 picks every yr. Then what are we doing here? These guys cant be that stupid. We must be doing this on purpose to gather enough top draft players and then make the gm/coahces/etam system changes.
    there is something wrong here.

  • March 23, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Mrfnn92, I like your pairs.

    March 23, 2020 at 4:54 pm
    IMO Boquist will be a very good player in this league maybe not a Norris winner but a very good NHLer – I look at Kris Letang as a comparable for his ceiling – I’d take that

    I think the ideas for next year’s D are mostly accurate unless there’s a surprise like a Pietrangelo signing for example

    Wrap, I see BoQ scoring lots and lots of points and many goals. Not saying he is a Norris player but they give that to players with lots of points, not the best Defensemen.

  • March 23, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Rmemeber on BoQ he is a full yr younger then his draft. So he should take huge steps along the way at some point in the training wheels 150/200 games.

  • March 24, 2020 at 8:17 am

    It’s been a pattern over the last few years on this site that the best young players should be traded?? In some cases moves, especially in hindsight, should have been made-i.e. Gus going a year earlier.

    But teams are in the draft and development business, not draft high, and maybe part company business. Part of this thinking was based on the ‘we need to get the right players for 19 and 88 before they are finished’. (and $/cap) Thank God that thinking is slowly starting to change.
    The true gift of getting 19 and 88 nearly at the same time (and having Keith, Hossa etc.) led to half the Cups in the history of the franchise and the inevitable downturn and transition period that has followed-Bowman, Tallon or Moses couldn’t have changed that significantly.

    Can we stop with the Tallon-Bowman stuff? Way too much energy spent on that.

  • March 24, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Thank you Noonan – let’s please stop with the Tallon – Bowman stuff

    And let’s also please stop with the Keith-Buff comparisons

    First off Q wouldn’t play Buff at D so it’s comparing apples to oranges, secondly the idea that Buff would have contributed more than Keith had he stayed in CHI is not only pure speculation but there is no evidence to support that notion

    Keith was the best D man on the planet for about 3 years (winning 2 Norris trophies) and the Hawks wouldn’t have won 3 cups without him and the especially the 2015 Cup where he had a playoff run for the ages

    Buff didn’t do anything in WPG to suggest he was capable of rising consistently to that level – consistently being the key word

  • March 24, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Noonan here here, couldn’t agree more, definition of insanity is what it is.

  • March 24, 2020 at 10:14 am

    And how about stopping with the Pietrangelo signing nonsense . This team canto sign anybody without cap space. Please use some common sense and Morrison take a break

  • March 24, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Yes yes. Dunks went William Wallace in 2015 Stanley Cup.

  • March 24, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Noonan/Wrap – thanks for a little sanity.

  • March 24, 2020 at 11:11 am

    place Keith on Ottawa… see how many Cups They win… Stupid analogy with Keith being on a Loaded team.. Buff on Thrashers,jets team…
    Why aint the Hawks winning with Keith? lol
    Oh, same argument bout Jets not winning with Buff I see…
    Stats don’t lie..

  • March 24, 2020 at 11:50 am

    5 yrs ago we were down and out and sure enough things started to change

  • March 24, 2020 at 11:51 am

  • March 24, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    gulp,,, gulp… more koolaid. lol

  • March 24, 2020 at 3:40 pm


  • March 24, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Top 10 most baffling lines of the year-

    Why ain’t the Hawks winning with Keith? lol

    ahh, cause he’s much older and the team isn’t as good. etc.

  • March 24, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Coolaid is thinking Buff is better then Dunks.


  • March 24, 2020 at 5:24 pm



    last year ranking in top 100 prospects #50

    ranking this year #94

    third largest drop of any prospect ranked in top 100 last year.

    not casting aspersions. just passing along information.

    anyone who has seen him much at rockford this year have an opinion about him being able to compete in the nhl at his size?

  • March 24, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Boqvist has the makings of a star.Two things-(1) he has to watch Duncan Keith film; Keith, smurf- like, has learned to avoid ( mostly) the big hit.(2) Have “ some” guys on team ( not Caggs not Shaw) to protect Boqvist. Boqvist has offensive upside beyond Keith, beyond Seabs ( at his best), on a par with Makar. I feel Beaudin has near Boqvist potential. Play em- protect em. “IF” ? Mitchell can compete at the NHL level, protect him, play him….right now.That would give Hawks 3 “ young” mobile skilled D’s.

  • March 24, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    P.S.- Wraps. Check out Q interview, from January, 2020 on Buff. To follow up, we need Gilbert like, Brouwer like, Cam Neely like ( that dates me), Terry Ruskowsi like, Buff like players to protect our skilled players. I worry about Kane, given the Hawks lack of protection . Who’s gonna do it? Seabs? No! Toews? No. Saad? No. We don’t have one single forward or center on the team that fits that bill…..and I don’t want Dach or Entwhistle to do this role for a couple more years until they get bigger- stronger.

  • March 24, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    NBC Sports Chicago will help fill your hockey fix during March and April by airing all 16 Blackhawks playoff victories during their 2010 Stanley Cup championship run.

    Nobody posted it here, csn playing 2010 playoff games. The 4th win is on tonight in the 4-2 series win over NAS.

  • March 24, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Mo watched a Hockey Classic last week on TV of the Chicago-Pittsburgh Stanley Cup series in the 90s-I think Game 4.
    Belfour got pulled and Hasek went in-high scoring game but the Pens were too much-Lemieux, Francis and Jagr were relentless.
    The main take away was anything went and was allowed as far as stick work, charging, tackling in the third period. It was wild.

  • March 24, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    I hated that yr like other hated the MTL yr. We won every series 4-0 and were spanking PIT 3-0 in game 1 and didnt win game 1. We win that game 1 and might win that yr.

  • March 24, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    We got our revenge, in a way, by having the only dynasty in salary cap era so far. PIT is like NJ, good teams wona few times over like 10 yrs but not even close to a dynasty.

    We are the dynasty baby!

    Thats why in the state of PA, people say shit on PIT. Its a state wide thing. Plus PIT has no class.

  • March 24, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Noon, you know what would be awesome is to see the series from 1961 and maybe some game from that season against certain teams before finals, heck entire playoffs. I havt ever seen that and would like to.

    Seeing the Bobby rocket from the blue line kind of stuff. Talk about going back. Dothey even have such a thing.

  • March 24, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Isn’t it great watching reruns of Blackhawks hockey games?
    Nothing like living in the past.

  • March 25, 2020 at 2:03 am


  • March 25, 2020 at 5:52 am

    So funny to see Beaudin underrated like this you just don’t know him and he probably would have finish the year in the NHL…He will be one of your very good D men in the next couple of years starting his 3 years ELC next year only because his contract slide…

  • March 25, 2020 at 7:28 am

    @ wow

    nothing against beaudin. those with his size are rare in the nhl. would like to know why you think he will succeed.

  • March 25, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Good point on Beaudin elc, the Blackhawks young defense set up next season as.
    Beaudin 3 yr elc
    Regula 3 yr elc
    Boqvist 2yr elc left
    Mitchell 2yr elc when signs
    Krys 1yr elc left
    Carlsson 1yr elc left
    Gilbert 1yr elc left
    Koekkoek rfa
    Tuulola rfa
    McCoshan rfa
    Shea elc candidate

  • March 25, 2020 at 7:44 am

    Krys should have said 2yrs elc left. Also no slide candidates next season in that group.

  • March 25, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Read some comments here regarding covid 19 and wanted to share this. This is not a political or media story. This is from family if a person i know. On February 17th he returned from Florida, long before self isolation orders were in place. He felt fine for almost 3 weeks then on March 17th after developing what at 1st thought may have been a cold, he was confirmed as the 1st case in his community with covid 19. He has spent last week on induced coma with hopes and prayers he recovers. This is a man who you would talk about as somebody who was never sick a day in his life. This is just a case of what is happening and not hyped or sensationalized just a fyi of what the family has related.

  • March 25, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Kurashev and Beaudin contracts both slide.

  • March 25, 2020 at 10:44 am

    I prayed for him, the more people that do and think and talk positive about things is a better way going about things and living life.

    These dark side negative people are being influenced by the devil someway.

  • March 25, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Why is Mitch not 3 yr elc, age?

  • March 25, 2020 at 10:52 am

    Thanks Mo, Mitchell 21 is 2 years not 3 year elc. Kurashev us not a slide candidate, he didn’t have a 1st year slide, so can’t have a 2nd year slide for that reason.

  • March 25, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Interesting how prospects look like the greatest thing next to sliced bread, you all go crazy with terms like ” The 4 Horsemen ” then one of these prodigies makes it to the AHL and now he is a small weak POS and a wasted draft pick….you all are so fickle it’s just plain sickening. Heck when Gilbert had a string of about 4-5 good games all of you were on his band wagon, then he makes a bad pass, can’t clear the puck….like 15 yr vets don’t make those mistakes…. right….you all kicked him to the curb as well. Just plain pathetic. You all go to whichever way the wind blows, sending players to the penthouse then the outhouse in a single day.

  • March 25, 2020 at 1:59 pm


    Who are you talking about?

  • March 25, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Talking about Nicolas Beaudin

  • March 25, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Days… Spot on!!!

  • March 25, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    The Original Horseman were Joker Boq Bead and Mitchell

    Ollie & Arn Tully and Nature Boy

    Gilbert could have been Lex or Wyndham

  • March 26, 2020 at 7:58 am

    If a couple of those guys Boqvist, Mitchell, Beaudin can play close to Keiths level for their careers, everybody will be happy. With maybe Regula and Vlassic coming, plus possibly Gilbert, Koekkoek, Carlsson maybe Shea as 3rd pairers who aren’t so called smurfs to mix in, there is potential for the future . If an add is needed beyond that, go get what is needed.

  • March 26, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Days – I see you made it back from partying on the beach and in the clubs with all the others who think that the pandemic public safety measures have been foisted on us by ‘liberal cupcakes’

    Have fun?

  • March 26, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Yea the Horsemen are not savors, they should be good being 4 1st rounds picks (one was 2nd I think). So at the end of the day if 2 of the Horsemen are top 4 Defensemen we succeeded. Really need 2 to be top 3 s. If more then 2 are top 4 then we really did wonders there. Cant say anything until 150/200 games other then own thoughts.

    Remember we didnt draft Oduya or Soupy. So we can get a top 4 ufa way and keep the better D we drafted. At somepoint we, pron=b, have to add a top 4 D ufa wise. You cannot draft them all. We didnt do that once in the dynasty Cups.

    It just looks terrible now/last 2 yrs because we allow the refs and league to decide our well being on getting hit in the head besides normal cheating. We need a bunch of players that can give it back everytime and cheat just as much so we can get equal advantage from playing goon, not just hockey.

    Intimidation. Then our skilled players will have more room/get hit along the way and have more room. We do need more tuff guys no shit.

  • March 26, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    While watching the replays from 2010 I noticed Keith making the same turnovers as he does now. The only difference is he was talented enough to recover back then. Not doubting his heart but that talent is long gone. The 2010 team hit the opponent every time they had the puck and made them pay a price around the net.

  • March 26, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Morrison just how do they sign good free agents when they are in eternal cap hell? One way would be to not sign Crawford at his age and history. The way it is currently there is no cap money to buy what you want.

  • March 26, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    I usually always agree with not signing high caphit/yr ufas and not saying to do that this summer unless its a really good top pair Defensemen.

    What I am saying is a guy like Oduya, his caphit was fair/decent.

    This is done with certain guys on ltir, this yr or next yr. not just this summer where people think were at cap and it aint going up. Sure.

    I am talking about over the next 2-3 summers. The caphits of 7 last yr summer ufas other are gone caphit wise. For this summer trade 15 6 other and we then have space to add one or two guys. Let the young players play and learn/training wheels and get a bad record for another top 5 draft skill player-thats important.

    If we donot trade 15 6 other and ltir some who are hurt, tehn yea we aint adding shit except for keeping Crow.

    I think people think I am talking about this summer only, when I mean summer 20 21 and maybe add your Madden/Richy kind of guys in summer of 22, then roll. 19 88 wont be in crushes yet.

  • March 26, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Earl, yea we need to play that way again/on the puck-player. Dunks was faster then or the whole league is faster now so he cant just play that style-way anymore in a way. I not sure if hes slower its more the whole league is faster. Theres where the Horsemen even small shortys, that can move fast and get away avoid hits-most.

    We need players like the Hansons and some D with size.

  • March 26, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Even if we had the 2010 players now/last 2 yrs, theo whole league is faster now and guys like Buff would whiff trying to hit.

    We need speed that hits, not 2010 style players that hit.

  • March 26, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    I know I am positive more then normal and donot make stuff up, not going to feel bad on negative comments. People release in there own ways.

    Its what I would do based on what org has done so far.

    Keep loading young wave. Were not winning without a good young wave of players.

  • March 26, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Mo adding a big caphit type of addition can be done when time is right at tdl, then like Vgk did with Stone lock them up if thats what is wanted. Gives some flexibilty on cap until then and allow cap to rise and maybe contract or 2 expire before the next season.

  • March 26, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Thtas good prorated. I just look at a couple yrs here to get back to top team. People say we cant and are afraid to add big caphit-only the right kind of player here. Theres no other way to get back, we have to get draft players and some top ufas. Like 51 81 27. Not specifically there style just good players to complete roster.

    For now lets get top 5 picks and see what we got next 2 yrs. Add the kind we want, when we can at any point along the way. It has to be a couple yr load, not in one summer or 8 yrs.

  • March 26, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Boys…. I LOVE reading your posts. It’s Chris Berman on steroids. I get home from work, I read your stuff, I feel joy. IF Wirtz doesn’t get even 1/4 of the passion from these posts… he truly is a subungulate. Thanks.

  • March 27, 2020 at 1:55 am

    This team would change overnight with a couple of subtle moves that dont have to break the cap.Get a couple of Matt Martin type of forwards along with a Sam Bennett type of Center and sprinkle in a big physical defenseman and then have a real training camp where the best players make the team.See what the russian goalie looks like against NHL competition.Move on from Smith,Maata,Shaw,Strome,DeHaan and have Nylander on a short leash.

  • March 27, 2020 at 3:18 am

    Tim W-Agree with Shaw for “ his” family. Agree with Marta, Smith, DeHaan. Strome is a hard call. He admits he likes center cuz the position maintains his speed. I’m 80 per cent for keeping him & always pairing him with Burt’s dad. Same with Nylander. He is an enigma wrapped up in paint by numbers system a young coach “foisted” on the team. Nyl’s strives more than anyone causing chaos in the neutral zone & on transition. He struggles playing D, mucking in corners. Most everyone who posts here wants some nasty on the roster.

  • March 27, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Tim W agree tweaking roster to get better and be where you want to be before adding some caphit is definitely the way to go. I like the idea as Stape mentions of getting younger but get better too as it happens. No knee jerk reactions just let it play out.

  • March 27, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Yea it was fine to add those 5 or 6 players last summer ufa wise. We had to because we didnt have a full roster the two yrs before and no NHL goalies one of those yrs. So we had to. Thats what happens when you have tp add that many at once, some are going to be injury prone previous. So get rid of the guys that we mentioned, we know who they are-thats where the cap space comes from. Were just cycling throuhg with those guys temp wise then all that 21m in space is tehre again.

    Good idea to add after we get more established, do so though so here and there not all at once. Evolve the roster. At the end of the day- a couple yrs is when young wave is really ready. They are just getting started now so we have to, let it happen and not whine about not having space or thinking its impossible.

  • March 27, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    My two cents…probably not worth a penny. I did like the effort and the lines that the Hawks had the last several games. But, it seems every year the last several years that we start playing really well in March and April, but come up just a bit short. Then, we play like crap from Nov-Jan the following season. I would like to see the Hawks move on from Smith, Shaw, and Caggiula. I would sign Strome to a prove it two year deal. I just look at his brother where he is now a legit NHL’er, but it took him a few years to get there. Our Strome is the better player, so let’s not get rid of him too quickly. I would sign that Hoffman from FLA to get us another goal-scorer, and I would play Fortin, Hagel, and Highmore together on one line, and keep Carpenter, Kampf as 4th line – on special teams(PK).

    On D – we need to get bigger…I think Keith is going to get shipped out. Seabrook will come back with DeHaan, and Maata and Koekoek will get traded/not re-signed. Boqvist Mitchell and Beaudin will pair with Seabrook, Murphy, and DeHaan with McCoshen or Gilbert as the 7th defensemen.

    Re-sign Crawford for a series of 1 year contracts. If he meets goals, the next year automatically kicks in.

  • March 27, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Thats the way. getting top 5 skill draft players is huge. So every yr we have a shitty record like last 2 and this, its best thing for us.

    A lot will change in next 2-3 yrs, with 5-10 good teams becoming bottom 15 teams and younger-top draft player teams will go up.

    What I also like is the top 5-10 teams last yr this yr next yr in a couple yrs will have played playoffs 5 or so yrs in a row and be worn out and get older as those teams are already older except COL. Those teams go down to mid tier and we get back in top 10 again.

    The timing of that could work out well for us.

  • March 27, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Boys-Toews is a HOF player. No -not as good as KaneBut…Boys- he is a very very good “leader”. He just proved it again with the John Scott podcast. MAKE NO MISTAKE-Toews just threw Colliton under the bus…. he was diplomatic but it was there. I hope Wirtz was listening & paying attention to what a “ leader” ( Toews) looks like!!!!!’

  • March 27, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    P.S.- you don’t “ think “ hockey- you play it… yeah… within a system but hockey is a fluid game requiring creativity. Let the old studs & the colts run, Wirtz!!!!!! Clean house!!!!!!!!!

  • March 28, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Keith Rots… Slow ass turnover smurf… if on a bad team… wouldda been long gone from NHL.

  • March 28, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Humour is important in times of turmoil.

  • March 28, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    A little optimism go es a long ways to good things happening. This negative macho man i want to hang myself talk is a drag/on life for those people. Ouch how can someone live like that.

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