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
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are the heart and soul of the Chicago Blackhawks, and if for some reason you don’t believe that—and why wouldn’t you—look no further than Saturday night for evidence. Kane netted a goal and an assist, and Toews got his fifth-career hat-trick. The game also extended the Blackhawks streak of wins when Toews and Kane score to 44 games. And while the well-known dynamic duo led the Blackhawks scoring charge on the night, they were not without help. Nick Schmaltz had two assists and a blocked shot on the night. Schmaltz was also brilliant at times in possession of the puck, finessing his way to the front of the net multiple times to create havoc for Blues’ goaltender Jake Allen. Cam Ward was once again solid with 30 saves on the night. He made some particularly nifty saves in the 3rd period, when the Chicago defense killed off the Blues power play to keep them in the game. Three of the Blackhawks next five games are at the … [Read more...] about When Jonathan Toews & Patrick Kane score, the Blackhawks do not lose
Sometimes the best-laid plans need to be adjusted. Tweaked. Or flat-out blown up. Whether the Blackhawks have reached that point with defensemen Henri Jokiharju and Adam Boqvist remains to be seen. related advertisement Youth gone wild Recent first-round draft picks who entered the NHL either the year they were drafted or the year after:2016 DraftMikhail SergachevTaken: Ninth by Montreal; Height, weight: 6-3, 215Experience: Played four games for Montreal in 2016-17, then scored 9 goals and had 31 assists while averaging 15 minutes, 22 seconds of ice time in 79 games for Tampa Bay last season.Charlie McAvoyTaken: 14th by Boston; Height, weight: 6-0, 208Experience: Played at Boston U. in 2016-17, then appeared in 63 games last season for the Bruins, scoring 7 goals and dishing out 25 assists. Average TOI was 22:09.Jakob ChychrunTaken: 16th by Arizona; Height, weight: 6-2, 210Experience: Went right to the NHL, scoring 7 goals while averaging 16:40 in 2016-17. Last season he had 4 … [Read more...] about Can young Jokiharju, Boqvist both make Blackhawks’ roster?
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