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Jun 19, 2019
2019 NHL Awards Show: How to watch on TV, online

2019 NHL Awards Show: How to watch on TV, online

The league will recognize its top players, coach and general manager from this past season. The NHL will roll out the red carpet for its annual awards show Wednesday at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The league will recognize its top players, coach and general manager from this past season. Patrick Kane is the lone Blackhawks player up for a season-ending award as a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, which is given annually to the league’s most outstanding player as voted on by members of the NHL Players’ Association. The other two finalists for the award are Lightning winger...
Jun 19, 2019
Morning Bag Skate: 6-19-19

Morning Bag Skate: 6-19-19

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world. Nothing new on the Blackhawks’ front from Tuesday. Elsewhere in Chicago sports, Red Stars striker Sam Kerr scored four goals in Australia’s 4-1 win over Jamaica to advance to take second in Group C and advance to the knockout round at the World Cup. Eloy Jimenez hit a game-winning two-run home run in the ninth inning to lift the White Sox past the Cubs 3-1. On Wednesday, the Cubs and White Sox square off once more. (Photo: Igor Makarov) BLACKHAWKS Byram could be Blackhawks’ next No. 1 defenseman if they take...
Jun 18, 2019
Blackhawks prospect needs for 2019 NHL draft

Blackhawks prospect needs for 2019 NHL draft

Chicago will likely seek a center and left-handed defenseman early. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman will look to find some future NHL players this weekend with six picks in the NHL draft in Vancouver. Chicago will start its draft with the No. 3 overall pick Friday then move to Saturday with the No. 43rd overall pick in the second round. Bowman will then wait until the fourth round where he has two picks (Nos. 105 and 123) before finishing the draft with pick in the sixth (No. 167) and seventh rounds (No. 194). Defense The Blackhawks have selected five defensemen in the first two...
Jun 18, 2019
Bowen Byram could be Blackhawks’ next No. 1 defenseman if they take him at No. 3

Bowen Byram could be Blackhawks’ next No. 1 defenseman if they take him at No. 3

Byram has the pedigree to be a franchise cornerstone. In virtually every list of top prospects for this year’s draft, there’s only one defenseman. But 18-year-old Bowen Byram — who reached that age last Thursday — makes up for that lack of quantity by being one of the highest-quality defensive prospects to be available in the NHL Draft in recent memory. While playing for the Vancouver Giants last season, Byram torched the WHL. He led all defensemen with 26 goals and was second in the league with 71 points in 67 games, a 1.06 PPG pace that was unmatched in the WHL. Scott Wheeler of...
Jun 18, 2019
Blackhawks to face Bruins, Capitals, Red Wings in 2019 preseason

Blackhawks to face Bruins, Capitals, Red Wings in 2019 preseason

Chicago will close its seven-game preseason schedule with an exhibition in Germany. The Blackhawks will begin the preseason with three straight games in as many nights, the team announced Tuesday. Chicago will play six games in the United States before a game in Berlin, Germany, against Eisbären Berlin of Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) as part of the NHL Global Series. The Blackhawks open the preseason on the road Monday, Sept. 16, against the Capitals. Chicago then travels to Detroit to face the Red Wings before hosting the former Central Division rival the next night at the United...
Jun 18, 2019
Blackhawks’ Tommy Hawk first NHL mascot inducted into Mascot Hall of Fame

Blackhawks’ Tommy Hawk first NHL mascot inducted into Mascot Hall of Fame

The Bulls’ Benny the Bull also gets inducted. Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk made history this past weekend when he was the first NHL mascot inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, Indiana. Tommy Hawk, who was introduced in 2001, was joined by his United Center counterpart in Benny the Bull of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. Sluggerrr of the MLB’s Kansas City Royals and Nittany Lion of the NCAA’s Penn State University were also inducted. Benny the Bull and Tommy Hawk are the first two Chicago mascots to make the Hall of Fame. Congrats to our favorite fowl @BhawkTommyHawk for...
Jun 18, 2019
Morning Bag Skate: 6-18-19

Morning Bag Skate: 6-18-19

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world. Nothing new on the Blackhawks’ front from Monday. On Tuesday, the Cubs and White Sox begin their crosstown series at Wrigley Field. Red Stars striker Sam Kerr and Australia play Jamaica at the World Cup. Fire midfielder Djordje Mihailovic and the United States men’s national team play Guyana in Group D play in the Gold Cup at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo: Brandon Pirri at 2009 NHL draft) BLACKHAWKS Where Blackhawks’ forwards go after Dominik Kahun trade (SCH) Where Blackhawks’ defense...
Jun 17, 2019
Olli Maatta trade: Expectations, impact on Blackhawks’ future

Olli Maatta trade: Expectations, impact on Blackhawks’ future

Chicago adds a young left-handed defenseman. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman made a change to the team’s lineup by acquiring left-handed defenseman Olli Maatta from the Penguins in exchange for winger Dominik Kahun and a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft. Maatta, who turns 25 years old in August, is signed for three more seasons at a $4.083-million salary cap hit. The soon-to-be 24-year-old Kahun has one more year left on his entry-level contract worth $925,000. The move leaves Chicago without a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and six total. According to...
Jun 17, 2019
On the Clock, Episode 2: Scouting at under-18 World Championship

On the Clock, Episode 2: Scouting at under-18 World Championship

In the second episode, general manager Stan Bowman and his scouting staff watch prospects. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman opens up the episode talking to his scouting staff with head coach Jeremy Colliton at his side telling the staff they want a player to be in the organization for the next 10-15 years. He adds that if the player can play in the NHL in the next two years that’s an added bonus. The episode focuses on former Blackhawk Colin Fraser, a current team scout, scouting players at the under-18 World Championship. Bowman and Mark Kelley, the vice president of amateur...
Jun 17, 2019
Where Blackhawks’ defense goes after acquiring Olli Maatta

Where Blackhawks’ defense goes after acquiring Olli Maatta

How does the trade impact Chicago’s lineup? Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman acquired his fourth former first-round pick in the last seven months Saturday when he traded winger Dominik Kahun and a 2019 fifth-round pick to Pittsburgh for defenseman Olli Maatta. Maatta, who turns 25 in August, is a left-handed shooting defenseman that missed 21 games last season due to a shoulder injury and carries a $4.083-million salary cap hit. He’s a defensive defenseman that ranked ninth in blocked shots per game (2.05), 26th in defensive zone puck battles won (2.45), 40th in blocked defense...
Jun 17, 2019
Morning Bag Skate: 6-17-19

Morning Bag Skate: 6-17-19

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Sunday that he will remain active in trade talks leading up to the NHL draft, which begins Friday in Vancouver. Elsewhere in Chicago sports, Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz scored a goal and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher recorded back-to-back clean sheets in the United States’ 3-0 win over Chile at the World Cup. Midfielder Morgan Brian and defender Tierna Davidson also played. The White Sox fell 10-3 to the Yankees and the Cubs dropped a 3-2 game to the Dodgers. Both the...
Jun 16, 2019
Blackhawks will be active in trade talks prior to NHL draft

Blackhawks will be active in trade talks prior to NHL draft

General manager Stan Bowman says he’s “had a number of conversations.” Stan Bowman is working to improve the Blackhawks to get them to return to the playoffs after a two-year absence. The Chicago general manager made, what he believes, to be the first step in doing that by acquiring left-handed defenseman Olli Maatta from the Penguins on Saturday. But Bowman said during Sunday’s media conference call that he expects to continue to be involved in trade discussions prior to the NHL draft, which begins Friday in Vancouver. “I’ve had a number of conversations, and I expect that to...
Jun 16, 2019
Olli Maatta scouting report: Strengths, weaknesses and what he’ll bring to Blackhawks

Olli Maatta scouting report: Strengths, weaknesses and what he’ll bring to Blackhawks

The newly-acquired defenseman is sound in his own end, but struggles with his skating. The Blackhawks acquired left-handed defenseman Olli Maatta from the Penguins in exchange for winger Dominik Kahun and a 2019 fifth-round pick Saturday night. Maatta, who will turn 25 in August, is signed for three more seasons with a $4.083-million salary cap hit. In order to get to know Maatta better and what he can bring to the Blackhawks, Second City Hockey asked a few questions to Jim Rixner (Hooks Orpik) of SB Nation’s Penguins site — Pensburgh. How much of Maatta’s down season in 2018-19 can...
Jun 16, 2019
Blackhawks could take Kirby Dach, a natural playmaker, at No. 3 overall

Blackhawks could take Kirby Dach, a natural playmaker, at No. 3 overall

The Canadian center plays a 200-foot game and is gifted at passing and transitioning. Kirby Dach is a lot like the previously-profiled Dylan Cozens. Both are big centers who play a two-way, 200-foot game. Both have produced a lot of points in the Western Hockey League. Both are able to drive play, but have glaring weaknesses as well. Dach, at 6-foot-4 and 198 pounds, is the larger of the two, however. He doesn’t have the same explosiveness Cozens has when it comes to skating, but his reach is longer and much like Cozens, Dach is incredibly useful in transition. He was the go-to player...
Jun 16, 2019
What Stan Bowman’s draft history might show about Blackhawks’ 2019 NHL draft plans

What Stan Bowman’s draft history might show about Blackhawks’ 2019 NHL draft plans

Based on past trends and prospect rankings, we can narrow down the types of players Chicago might consider. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman will be busy later this month at the NHL draft in Vancouver. Bowman will have six picks, including two in the fourth round, but none is more important than the No. 3 overall pick. It’s the highest the Blackhawks will pick since the 2006 draft in Vancouver, where they selected captain Jonathan Toews. No pressure, right? Being able to accurately project which players the Blackhawks will draft with their seven selections, assuming they keep them...