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Puck Chatter Podcast: Talkin’ Future Hawks with Brad of HockeysFuture.com

By Chris Block

Wednesday night we were joined by Brad Gardner of HockeysFuture.com and also here at TheThirdManIn.com as we got caught up on the Blackhawks top prospects making their way up through the system.

Brad and I went through the Blackhawks budding young stars and gave our thoughts on which prospects will ultimately make the biggest impact one day in a Chicago Blackhawks sweater.

We covered and charted the progress this season of Brandon Saad, Mark McNeill, Brandon Pirri, Adam Clendening, Phillip Danault, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Kevin Hayes, Stephen Johns, Michael Paliotta, goaltender Johan Mattsson and many more.  And we also note which top prospect will be in an IceHogs uniform very soon.

After the first hour of prospect talk with Brad, I am joined by the Superstar for the final thirty minutes or so of the show.

We discussed some recent misfortune and having to say goodbye to a beloved pet, the Moose, this week.  On to the Blackhawks, we preview the upcoming Blackhawks schedule and project how difficult the road ahead to the postseason will be for the boys in the Indian head sweaters and if it will once again come down to the final game of the regular season.

Also, first impressions of Johnny Oduya, the “knee-capping” of Joel Quenneville, what’s going on with Jonathan Toews, the IceHogs Clear Day Roster and issues with veterinary clinics.

All this and much more on episode 101 of the official audio program of TheThirdManIn.com.  We now call it “Puck Chatter.”

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Kruger NHLPA top rookie, Kane causes stir, Rankings

Brad Gardner’s latest ranking of the top 20 Blackhawks prospects is up now at HockeysFuture.com

This was yesterday’s huge news story.  When Patrick Kane says he’ll be ready for opening night, would that not logically then indicate he’ll also be healthy and able to participate in some training camp activity, even a preseason game or two?  Kane went on a Toronto radio station Tuesday and was non-committal on the status of his recovery from wrist surgery.  Still, Kane is confident he’ll be good in time for the season opener.  I know its August, but to me this is a lot of unnecessary commotion over what will likely amount to a week of missed camp.   It was obvious from the moment that interview concluded this would blow up.  Whatever Kane does is going to be news.  He’s that big a star.  However, it is amazing Kane would be so cloudy on his state of return just 24 hours after his general manager was emphatic Kane is fine and on schedule for the start of training camp.  And that’s why this blew up.  Kane used to live in Stan Bowman’s basement and he is a franchise player, you’d figure these guys would be on the same page.  I wouldn’t put any heat on Kane for this.  Its his body and the team’s timeline seemed convenient to begin with. But this is a fuss over what could simply amount to seven days.  Still, is appears the Hawks shifted into damage control last night.

Marcus Kruger will be in Toronto on Tuesday, August 30 to be one of 27 NHL rookies presented in the NHLPA’s 2011 Rookie Showcase.  Kruger and his six Blackhawks teammates wrap up the week of practice sessions in Lugano, Switzerland on Sunday.  He’ll then head straight to Toronto.  Tuesday is mostly a media showcase, interview and photography session.

–It was pointed out to me that Lugano head coach Barry Smith is still technically employed by the Hawks as a European talent adviser.  Smith was a pro scout with the Hawks last year.  He was Scotty Bowman’s assistant while with the Red Wings.

–New Blackhawk Andrew Brunette turns 38 today…. Roland “Alain” Daigle is 57. This Three Rivers, Quebec native spent six seasons (74-80) on right wing with the Blackhawks.  They drafted him 34th overall in ’74.  He retired in 1984 after stops in Europe and the AHL.  The Hawks were the only NHL team he ever played for…. They share the day Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (24)….

–Former prospect and Hawks’ 2005 6th round pick Joe Charlebois has signed with the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL).

–I’ll have much more tonight/tomorrow morning.

–We have a podcast scheduled for Monday night at 6pm with Al Cimaglia.

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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Training camp begins now, in Switzerland, for Hjalmarsson, Scott and five other Blackhawks


Training camp begins almost a month early this week, and overseas, for a handful of Chicago Blackhawks players.

The Blackhawks have sent seven of their own over to Switzerland this week to participate in the final preseason preparations for Swiss NLA club HC Lugano’s upcoming season.

Niklas Hjalmarsson
Viktor Stalberg
John Scott
Marcus Kruger
Dylan Olsen
Jeremy Morin
Jimmy Hayes

The players will spend a week in Switzerland training with Lugano.

How did this all come about? Read more »

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