Alex DeBrincat spent three seasons between 2014 and 2017 absolutely dominating the Ontario Hockey League. He was one of the most productive and prolific scorers in all of junior hockey during his time with the Erie Otters, and never finished a full season with less than 50 goals or 100 points. That sort of production, combined with his obvious talent level, should have made him one of the first picks in the 2016 draft class. It didn’t. Mainly because he was listed at 5-7 and under 170 pounds, making him one of the smallest players in the class and, today, one of the smallest players in the NHL. As he slid out of the first round in 2016 there was always the potential for somebody to get a steal of a player. That somebody turned out to be the Chicago Blackhawks, who ended up snagging him with the 39th overall pick in the draft. Today, that pick is looking like one of the steals of that draft. DeBrincat has been one of the offensive stars for the Blackhawks in the early going this … [Read more...] about Alex DeBrincat is Blackhawks’ next rising star
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The Wild have three practices before playing again Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center. There is plenty to work on, and a few early changes. During practice Monday at TRIA Rink in downtown St. Paul, coach Bruce Boudreau tweaked all but the fourth line after the Wild managed just one goal each in season-opening losses to Colorado and Vegas. “Obviously, we didn’t have much offense, so something’s got to change, right?” coach Bruce Boudreau said. Boudreau moved Joel Eriksson Ek up to play left wing on the top line with center Eric Staal and right winger Jason Zucker; Mikael Granlund skated on the second line with center Mikko Koivu and left-winger Zach Parise; and Nino Niederreiter was with the third line with center Jordan Greenway and right-winger Charlie Coyle. “It’s just a subtle change, but I think I like Nino better on left wing than maybe on right wing, and we’ll see,” Boudreau said. Granlund had no … [Read more...] about With time to work before next game, Wild start tweaking lines
Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 11:19 PM EDT Sep 20, 2018 Filip Zadina is confident he’ll be better in his next game, as are the Detroit Red Wings. His NHL preseason debut Thursday at Little Caesars was a jolt; even as he knew the game would be much faster than what he is used to from junior hockey, it still left him dazed. “It was so tough to play,” he said after an experience mitigated by the fact the Wings defeated the Blackhawks, 4-2. “For me it was a way different game than I played last year. It’s way quicker than I thought. “It was a good experience for myself and I know I have to be better. I have to be little bit quicker with the puck. I think I will be better next game.” Analysis: How Filip Zadina can help accelerate Red Wings rebuild Zadina, the Wings’ prize pick (sixth overall) from June’s draft, played with Andreas Athanasiou and Thomas Vanek, both of whom scored. Vanek was sympathetic … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings’ Filip Zadina: I will be better next game
Corey Crawford and … Collin Delia? Could that really be the goalie combination for the Chicago Blackhawks next season? related advertisement By the numbers A look at the three goalies who will likely battle it out to back up the Blackhawks' Corey Crawford next season:Anton ForsbergTeam GP W-L-OT Save% GAAHawks 35 10-16-4 .908 2.97J-F BerubeTeam GP W-L-OT Save% GAAHawks 13 3-6-1 .894 3.78Rockford 15 7-8-0 .920 2.37Collin DeliaTeam GP W-L-OT Save% GAAHawks 2 1-1-0 .889 3.96Rockford* 38 24-10-2 .908 2.61Indy 10 1-7-0 .887 4.12* Includes 10 playoff games The way Delia has performed for the Rockford IceHogs this season -- and especially in the first two rounds of the Calder Cup playoffs when he went 7-0 with a .948 save percentage and 1.64 goals-against average -- that would seem to be a possibility."I don't know my path," Delia said after Jeff Glass made 28 saves in Rockford's Game 4 victory over Texas on Thursday in the Western Conference final. "In some ways it's … [Read more...] about Could Delia be Chicago Blackhawks’ backup goalie next season?
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Sports Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins have played nearly three-quarters of a season worth of playoff games over the past three years. (Gene J. Puskar/AP) by Adam Kilgore by Adam Kilgore Email the author May 4 at 10:20 AM Email the author During their stay in Washington last week, the Pittsburgh Penguins adorned their locker room with yellow-and-black banners and towels, an effort to create a familiar, comfortable atmosphere. Some of the placards boasted about the Penguins’ consecutive Stanley Cup titles, reminders of both their recent achievements and, perhaps, the high price of them. A lot can be said about the … [Read more...] about Penguins dismiss fatigue factor after 59 playoff games in three seasons