Thursday, October 13, 2016

New-look Blackhawks no match in opener for Blues in 5-2 loss

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As they usually do before each opening of the season, the Blackhawks introduced the team to the crowd before puck drop.

There were cheers for the usual suspects: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane Jersey, Duncan Keith, etc.

But for many players there was little more than a polite applause and a "Woo" token.

You could forgive Hawks fans for not knowing how to react to a significant chunk of the roster to consider the Hawks dress six players with little or no NHL experience against the Blues rivals.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

It’s time for the Blackhawks to give Mark McNeill his shot

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When the Chicago Blackhawks moved away from the first round of the NHL Entry Draft 2011, they did so by adding two strong prospects to their farm system in Mark McNeill, picked at No. 18, and Phillip Danault, picked at No. 26 . McNeill entered the draft after a very impressive season for Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL, recording 81 points in 70 games during the 2010-11 season.

As a forward-bodied with a hint of proven score, there were plenty of reasons for brass and fans alike Cheap Blackhawks Jersey be excited about its potential as someone the team could become a good player at the NHL level.

However, things have not gone well since most expect McNeill. In three seasons with Rockford IceHogs AHL, McNeill has failed to demonstrate the ability and potential that you might expect from a former first-round pick. He has not been bad by any means, but not at the level expected of a player with his pedigree.

Still, to his credit, McNeill has consistently improved its production to AHL level. It has posted back-to-back 20-goal seasons for pigs 40 points, and career highs of 25 goals and 28 points last season are presented in 64 contests. He also served as an alternate captain.

McNeill saw no NHL experience at all during his first two seasons in Rockford, however. When he was finally called up last season to make his debut in the NHL, it was just a season immediately preceding the All-Star Game before being sent back to pigs party.

Now that McNeill withdraws from the contract signing his fist NHL three years, he is now forced to pass through waivers in order to be assigned to Rockford this season. That means the Blackhawks are obliged to give him a shot at the big club, or they will risk losing him for nothing assigning Rockford. That seems pretty good motivation to give at least one type of your shot.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Fortin Is Still Here

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Hello Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks have more movements appearing on the list Monday, but the player who is always there is Alexandre Fortin who had a heck of a summer.

It is quite impressive to go from undrafted rookie, a player the Chicago Blackhawks training camp and preseason activities in the finals with at least one blow to the list of opening night, but is the kind of summer Alexandre Fortin is to have in 2016.

He even Joel Quenneville intriguing call Sunday evening after goal against the Detroit Red Wings, which was a movement of killer score the Chicago Blackhawks first goal of the game.

There are only two options for Fortin at this stage is to return to his junior team or make a list of the Chicago Blackhawks. Of course, the smart money to make him another look in a preseason game before being returned to his junior team, but stranger things have happened with Joel Quenneville and moves listed.

When looking forward left, Vincent Hinostroza has not really done much to impress this preseason so far and to be honest was Ryan Hartman so who knows what Coach Q is thinking at that time not more. The Hawks are going to need a secondary scoring and Fortin looks like he could predict that he will be doing .. I doubt it, but it's a great story this fall.