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On Carl Dahlstrom, and possible disconnect between Blackhawks management, pro and amateur scouting staffs

Dahlstrom_Carl_2015Apr18_Marlies_RFD_IceHogs          Carl Dahlstrom, photo courtesy of Rockford IceHogs – April 18, 2015

Roughly half of the following piece first appeared in The Committed Indian program on May 21st. Also included here are quotes and further detail and analysis that didn’t fit into the first-run story.

By Chris Block

As great as the past seven or so years have gone for the Blackhawks, there are causes for concern as to whether or not the organization can sustain this reign of success going beyond yet another cap crunch that awaits Stan Bowman and company this summer.

Patrick Sharp’s days with the organization appear to be nearing an end due to the mammoth Toews and Kane contracts kicking in next season. And Marian Hossa may have only another year or two left in him before he retires. On the blue line, Brent Seabrook has one more year before he’s an unrestricted free agent. When that day comes, Seabrook will be a 31-year year old, 11-year NHL veteran.

Brandon Saad and Teuvo Teravainen are top-six talents who will help smooth that transition. Future Hall of Famers Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are so good the Hawks will always be a threat no matter what.

But what has separated the Blackhawks in their championship runs, as well as the near miss in 2014, is the team’s depth. A third and fourth line that matches or exceeds that of any of their conference and playoff rivals; as well as a top four defense that is as good as it gets in hockey. Whether the fourth guy was Brian Campbell or Johnny Oduya, it didn’t matter. The Hawks are filthy rich in elite defensemen with Keith, Seabrook and Hjalmarsson leading the way. Read more »

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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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