Hawks prospects drop rookie tourney finale: Teuvo, McNeill shine; Full report from London

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By Brad Vandenberk

The last game of this year’s three-game rookie tournament saw the Blackhawks and Senators faceoff. Teuvo Teravainen, Mark McNeill and Kirill Gotovets worked their way back into the lineup, with Cody Caron, Ryan Van Stralen and Justin Holl all out for this one. Mac Carruth was in between the pipes for the Hawks with Chris Driedger on the Ottawa side.

Highly touted Ottawa rookie Curtis Lazar did not dress, nor did Matt Puempel, another top Sens prospect who scored in each of Ottawa’s first two games. Read more »

Hawks-Penguins prospect tournament highlights, Pittsburgh takes 5-4 shootout win

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Six-minute highlight package from Saturday’s Blackhawks-Maple Leafs rookie tournament game in London, Ontario.

The Hawks prospects dropped the tournament opener 4-2.  Ryan Van Stralen, a non-roster invite, scored both goals for Chicago.  Phillip Danault assisted on both tallies.  Mac Carruth was in goal for the Hawks’ squad.

Chicago also lost their second game to Pittsburgh on Sunday.  They conclude the three-game round-robin exhibition on Monday against the Ottawa Senators’ prospects.

On location report of Hawks prospects shootout loss on Sunday in London

By Brad Vandenberk

Well the smell of hockey is in the air with the annual Rookie Tournament hosted by Budweiser Gardens in London Ontario. This is the stage for the future up and comers to prove what they can offer the big club with every bit of the organizational brass in the stands looking down. The teams involved are the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks.

The Hawks met a very quick Toronto team on Saturday night, losing 4-2.

On Sunday afternoon they took on the Penguins prospects. Teuvo Teravainen, Mark McNeill and Kirill Gotovets did not dress for Sunday’s affair. Oshawa General’s Ken Appleby started in net for the Hawks. Read more »

Lindbloom’s View: Corey and the Jets

Lindbloom_Morin_2014_Sept14Morin’s Last Stand

First man – “I think, I think I am, I think.”

Establishment – “Of course you are my bright little star. I have miles and miles of files, pretty files of your forefather’s fruit. And now to suit our great computer, your magnetic ink.”

First man – “I’m more than that, I know I am, at least, I think I must be.”

Inner man – “There you go man, keep as cool as you can. Face piles and piles of trials with smiles. It riles them to believe that you perceive the web the weave, and keep on thinking free.” – Graeme Edge

By Rich Lindbloom

In 1969, the Royalty of Rock released the critically acclaimed album On the Threshold of a Dream. It was an exquisite piece of music by the reconstructed Moody Blues, hitting #1 in the charts in Great Britain. The album cover is a trip in itself. The opening dialogue I included above, featured a very mechanical like sound, dubbed over Graeme Edge’s antagonistic like voice. Not exactly Darth Vader, but close. Think along the lines of Pink Floyd’s Welcome to the Machine. So just what does a song from 1969 have to do with hockey – I’m glad you asked!

If you’ve been following hockey at all this summer, you’d have to be just about brain dead not to have noticed the strong push in hockey towards “Advanced Metrics.” (Cue in the mechanical sounds) Read more »

Blackhawks make more changes to hockey operations staff

By Chris Block

Chicago Blackhawks Vice President and general manager Stan Bowman made several additions to his pro scouting staff recently.

As expected, Wade Brookbank has retired (again) and accepted a position as a pro scout for the Blackhawks.

A popular teammate inside the Rockford IceHogs dressing room over the past four seasons, Brookbank appeared in 128 games over those four campaigns.

Brookbank, 36, had previously retired at the end of the 2010-11 season. He was employed as a pro scout with the Vancouver Canucks for the first half of the subsequent season before re-signing with Rockford and skating in 17 games with the IceHogs on the back end of the 2011-12 schedule. Read more »

Checking in with Teuvo talk, Sweden camp, Zagreb IceHogs, Beach’s try-out contract and more

By Chris Block

The full AHL regular season schedule is supposed to drop on Tuesday. It was finalized Monday. This is the latest I can recall the American Hockey League taking to get its schedule done. The reason it took until the last week of August (less than six weeks prior to Opening night) this time around is because the NBA schedule wasn’t completed just a couple of weeks ago, in mid-August. AHL franchises, Lake Erie (Cleveland), Charlotte, San Antonio and Oklahoma City share buildings with NBA teams and the AHL couldn’t lock in those teams’ home dates until the NBA finalized its schedule.

Teuvo’s Turn

Impression I get is a roster spot is essentially Teuvo Teravainen’s to take in training camp. If he’s ready, the Blackhawks will not hold him back for any reason. However, if he’s still hesitant, over-thinking or a bit over-matched physically (these things will all come around, no one is doubting that) in half or more of his preseason appearances, there would be no hesitation to give Teravainen a month, two or however long it may take in Rockford. Read more »

Lindbloom’s View: These Dog Days of August

Lindbloom_2014Aug25_bottom“To keep the juices flowing, jangle around gently as you move.” – Satchel Paige

By Rich Lindbloom

Life is filled with unsearchable mysteries. Do the pink Good and Plenty’s taste better than the white ones? (If not, why do I always go for the pink ones?) Concomitantly, why do I shy away from the chocolate M&M’s? We actually had a guy at work who only ate the blue ones!

Why does a dog smell the same spot for a short eternity? Or circle around 10 times before dropping his payload? Why do they stick their head out the window of a car, yet if you blow on their face they get agitated? And just what is their affinity for fire hydrants all about? Read more »

Audio: An hour of post NHL draft and Blackhawks trade talk

By Chris Block

Sunday afternoon I was a guest again on Bill Swierski’s Sports Talk Chicago.

We analyzed the Blackhawks draft, the Patrick Sharp trade rumors – the who, what and why…. why the Ryan Kesler talks broke down, the ‘Hawks salary cap situation, players Stan still may move, the Kevin Hayes saga and impact of the impending contract extensions for franchise players Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

I join the show at about the 4:30 mark.

http://www.swerskisports.com/2014/06/bill-swerskis-sports-talk-chicago_29.html

Direct audio link [MP3 download]

I was a guest on Shawn Hopman’s podcast a few weeks back to digest the fallout from the Blackhawks loss to the Kings as well as previewing the off season moves.  You also can listen to that podcast here.  On that episode I am on from about 5:30 to the 1 hour 21 minute mark.

–I will be doing a Puck Chatter Radio some time this week as well.  Fingers crossed.  The last one we did was such an audio disaster that it was almost immediately deleted.  I was unaware of the audio problems as we recorded.  And, as it turned out, it was all my fault as far as the issues were entirely on my end.  But I think I am over that experience now, so we can go forth and take Puck Chatter out of time out.

Audio: HockeeNight PuckCast, NHL Draft and Trade Week

By Chris Block

Sunday night, I joined the HockeeNight gang for our annual NHL Draft preview discussion.

We covered all the bases, including the trade rumors surrounding the team, what could very well happen, organizational depth needs heading into the draft, who the ‘Hawks may be drafting, big seasons ahead for some Rockford IceHogs and much, much more.

Listen to it below by clicking the play button.

To download the MP3 file you can go to the HockeeNight TalkShoe show page

Or, download and save it here.  (You’ll need to do the free registration.)