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Justin Lowe
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Mar 29 @ 9:05 AM ET
Justin Lowe: Game #78 We enter game #78 tonight on the 2017-18 season. The opponent? The Winnipeg Jets who sit 32 points ahead of the Blackhawks. 32!

At the beginning of the season, I predicted the Hawks would be in a dogfight for one of the last few playoffs seeds, but ultimately would get in. I did not think I'd be writing that their 32 points behind the Winnipeg Jets and sit dead last in the Central Division… by a lot.
gnosox1986
Chicago Blackhawks
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Mar 29 @ 9:11 AM ET
First? Yeah First
riozzo
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Mar 29 @ 9:30 AM ET
I have been chatting with the Banished Wiz off line and he asked me to share a few things:

"Wiz saw the he Noah Dotson references and wanted you all to know that one of the reasons he dropped him a bit out of the top ten was speed...
There is foot speed hand and stick speed and “head” speed.
Dotson gets along really well junior but in general I think his overall speeds are just average, and part of the evaluation of junior players is their ability to take the levels of play to a much higher speed and skill level and quite honestly I don’t believe Noah Dotson has the necessary speed in his game to improve past maybe a top 4 defender.
For the Blackhawks, this is a draft they will be shooting for a dynamic high end difference maker who doesn’t have an average ceiling.
They want to develop top guys because their system is looking good at filling the rosters bottom end and with young tradable depth in prospects, so they will try an snag a guy with strong head feet and hands..."


Save the Wiz!!

boilermaker100
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 06.23.2015

Mar 29 @ 9:40 AM ET
I have been chatting with the Banished Wiz off line and he asked me to share a few things:

"Wiz saw the he Noah Dotson references and wanted you all to know that one of the reasons he dropped him a bit out of the top ten was speed...
There is foot speed hand and stick speed and “head” speed.
Dotson gets along really well junior but in general I think his overall speeds are just average, and part of the evaluation of junior players is their ability to take the levels of play to a much higher speed and skill level and quite honestly I don’t believe Noah Dotson has the necessary speed in his game to improve past maybe a top 4 defender.
For the Blackhawks, this is a draft they will be shooting for a dynamic high end difference maker who doesn’t have an average ceiling.
They want to develop top guys because their system is looking good at filling the rosters bottom end and with young tradable depth in prospects, so they will try an snag a guy with strong head feet and hands..."


Save the Wiz!!
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Thanks for sharing this. Hope you don't get banned for passing this on.

It's a shame we can't get this knowledgable information straight from Wiz on this site anymore, yet we subjected to Ek's stuff that seems pretty much made up, posted because he has to post something, and never comes to pass.
gnosox1986
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: FL
Joined: 01.25.2012

Mar 29 @ 9:42 AM ET
I agree, D-man is the smart pick if we are at 7 or 8. Boqvist or Bouchard over Wahlstrom for me...

But If we get into the top 3 and Dahlin in not available, it would be smart to take the top Forward (Zadina or Svechnikov). Trading back is an options if we get a legit Dman back, but I would pass on either of those 2 guys or the lesser D man.
riozzo
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Mar 29 @ 9:55 AM ET
I have been chatting with the Banished Wiz off line and he asked me to share a few things:

"Wiz saw the he Noah Dotson references and wanted you all to know that one of the reasons he dropped him a bit out of the top ten was speed...
There is foot speed hand and stick speed and “head” speed.
Dotson gets along really well junior but in general I think his overall speeds are just average, and part of the evaluation of junior players is their ability to take the levels of play to a much higher speed and skill level and quite honestly I don’t believe Noah Dotson has the necessary speed in his game to improve past maybe a top 4 defender.
For the Blackhawks, this is a draft they will be shooting for a dynamic high end difference maker who doesn’t have an average ceiling.
They want to develop top guys because their system is looking good at filling the rosters bottom end and with young tradable depth in prospects, so they will try an snag a guy with strong head feet and hands..."


Save the Wiz!!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thanks for sharing this. Hope you don't get banned for passing this on.

It's a shame we can't get this knowledgable information straight from Wiz on this site anymore, yet we subjected to Ek's stuff that seems pretty much made up, posted because he has to post something, and never comes to pass.

- boilermaker100



That would only result in a loss of revenue for the site owner. It may be a good thing as I could finish reading Lazerus's book.
biskit67
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Mar 29 @ 9:59 AM ET
Just want to say Congrats to #7 on 1,000 career games tonight. Bad contract notwithstanding, he's had a heck of a career in the Indianhead.

Looks forward to seeing some more of the new blood playing tonight. Hillman and Sikura for sure.
oldduffman
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 11.06.2013

Mar 29 @ 10:00 AM ET
I believe Bouchard could be a steal at 7 or 8th if he is still available .Sure if we land in the top 3 we may have to chase one of the top forwards .. And oh ya dump coach Q this core quit on him last year for some reason
Dojodan
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Canada, ON
Joined: 08.27.2008

Mar 29 @ 10:21 AM ET
I turned 40 yesturday! my wife got me 4 tickets for game #82 against the Blues i get to bring my boys and wife to my first ever Hawks Home game ! beyond excited as i am a Quebecer and life long Hawks fan since 91! any places i should visit in CHI Town as I am there from Fri until Sun.

BTW we will be in row 4 behind the box!!!!
-Doh-
Location: VA
Joined: 10.05.2015

Mar 29 @ 10:39 AM ET
To judge a defenseman some say it takes 250 games in the NHL. A GM or scout watches hundreds of hours of games or video on a player before making draft decisions. But we are lucky. On this board we have experts that can judge a defenseman in 53 NHL games or less. Others can judge a forward after 17 minutes in one NHL game. Or a few scrimmages in prospect camp. Still others can judge players based only on a video clip or a review they read on line or an opinion they heard on a tv or radio station.

We are very lucky.
67hawks
Joined: 08.30.2012

Mar 29 @ 10:47 AM ET
This is an important game for us (with a loss of course) because of the Det/Buff and Edm/Van matchups tonight.
riozzo
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Mar 29 @ 10:49 AM ET
To judge a defenseman some say it takes 250 games in the NHL. A GM or scout watches hundreds of hours of games or video on a player before making draft decisions. But we are lucky. On this board we have experts that can judge a defenseman in 53 NHL games or less. Others can judge a forward after 17 minutes in one NHL game. Or a few scrimmages in prospect camp. Still others can judge players based only on a video clip or a review they read on line or an opinion they heard on a tv or radio station.

We are very lucky.

- -Doh-


You missed several other skills:
1. Our line blender is on 11 and any combination is better than what hits the ice
2. We are smarter than the 2nd all time winning coach
3. Our hindsight is truly 20/10
4. We have built in radar where we can measure skating speed form watching a broadcast

However, I would not give up reading this site makes good seasons great and bad seasons mind stimulating.
pdx2ord
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Chicago, IL
Joined: 09.02.2015

Mar 29 @ 10:52 AM ET
I turned 40 yesturday! my wife got me 4 tickets for game #82 against the Blues i get to bring my boys and wife to my first ever Hawks Home game ! beyond excited as i am a Quebecer and life long Hawks fan since 91! any places i should visit in CHI Town as I am there from Fri until Sun.

BTW we will be in row 4 behind the box!!!!

- Dojodan


Happy Birthday! Great seats. How old are the kids? And, is there any kind of food you really crave?
gazza53
Chicago Blackhawks
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Joined: 09.15.2017

Mar 29 @ 10:56 AM ET
StLBravesFan
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Joined: 07.03.2011

Mar 29 @ 10:57 AM ET
You missed several other skills:
1. Our line blender is on 11 and any combination is better than what hits the ice
2. We are smarter than the 2nd all time winning coach
3. Our hindsight is truly 20/10
4. We have built in radar where we can measure skating speed form watching a broadcast

However, I would not give up reading this site makes good seasons great and bad seasons mind stimulating.

- riozzo


It’s good to be the fan....
jhawk59
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 02.15.2013

Mar 29 @ 11:04 AM ET
I have been chatting with the Banished Wiz off line and he asked me to share a few things:

"Wiz saw the he Noah Dotson references and wanted you all to know that one of the reasons he dropped him a bit out of the top ten was speed...
There is foot speed hand and stick speed and “head” speed.
Dotson gets along really well junior but in general I think his overall speeds are just average, and part of the evaluation of junior players is their ability to take the levels of play to a much higher speed and skill level and quite honestly I don’t believe Noah Dotson has the necessary speed in his game to improve past maybe a top 4 defender.
For the Blackhawks, this is a draft they will be shooting for a dynamic high end difference maker who doesn’t have an average ceiling.
They want to develop top guys because their system is looking good at filling the rosters bottom end and with young tradable depth in prospects, so they will try an snag a guy with strong head feet and hands..."


Save the Wiz!!

- riozzo


That is an important point made about a dynamic high end difference maker. If the defenceman you draft is going to be as effective, defensively, as Gus, do you still take him? I am referencing being a rag doll strength wise. If that is the case, we already have several dmen who have a god offensive skill package. Might they be similar, defensively, to the top two dmen after Dahlin?

Jokiharju Ready after one year development in AHL or oversea. I wouldn't read too much into the report last blog where you read his being caught in deep after pinching. He played standard defense in the WJC.

Tuulola His development took a nice turn positive in Finland. Either he wanted to come over badly or was it also that Bowman and scouts were increasing enamored. A lefty; which side does Jokiharju play? We need to watch closely when he plays to see exactly what he brings beside the good skating. Because i for one do not know. Reportedly has offensive hame

Snuggerud and Dahlstrom The former has offensive nhl written right now. He is Keith size and has been injured twice this AHL season. He is smart and i am claiming his place is third pair. Someone with crazy awesome skill in one area but just how good, defensively does he become? If Snuggerud and Dahlstrom were to be given a regular turn, whom would you prefer?

Mitchell, Kyrs. Mitchell, as regular readers know, already is called Keith light and acknowledged as a possible top pairing or top four. We don't talk much about him until he signs. Kyrs has exceptional ability in his offensive puck moving and scores, too

Hillman and Gilbert have plenty of collegiate experience but that doesn't necessarily mean they don't have things to work on. Both are defensively orientated. Both have defintely developed while playing collegiately. Hillman sounds like he would complement his partner well. Mean. Defensive. But has big shot. See vs Winnipeg yonigh tonight

Carlsson has developed nicely...called a possible shut down. May turn out to be the best prospect, ie. highest ceiling along with Mitchell.

Now you have all these dmen with only so many spots to fill. You can bet as they develop, as they get close they do get an NHL look.

With all these dmen you want to draft a super skill guy who is how comparable, defensively, to the guys here now òr turning pro and developing.

I do not questionnwiz. I do not say Justin is wrong to say go after defense. I am just looking at what we have on defense and trying to analize why draft defense
ObeseOprah
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 01.17.2014

Mar 29 @ 11:07 AM ET
1. Rasmus Dahlin, D, 6'2", 183 lbs.
The consensus number 1 pick. Supposedly has every tool imaginable for a young defenseman. Has been called everything from Karlsson to Lidstrom. There's Dahlin, then there's everyone else... according to one scout. His offensive capabilities are known, he's great at opening up lanes, can shoot, and has pinpoint passing.
How is his defense? From what I've watched: crafty.
He's not the fastest in the league, or necessarily the strongest at 18 (that could change). But he does seem to have tricks up his sleeve: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE3xSRjfDkg

He can skate the puck out of trouble, and can use moves that most forwards would use in a breakaway scenario to do it. This is on large euro rinks with lesser opponents, but it speaks to his confidence. A lot of these tricks will likely diminish once he reaches the NHL.

He uses his left skate to drag along the ice and change his angle when skating, making him hard to defend through the neutral zone and skating in from the point.

There isn't much evidence of him making contact, which probably puts many Hawks fans on edge while thinking of the 'no hit' Hawks of the last few seasons. He is still growing though, and putting more meat on a 6'2" frame could lead to more step-ups like this: https://www.youtube.com/w...tch?v=OMig8EbUFx8#t=2m45s

His strongest attributes seem to be puck-handling, and navigating the neutral zone.
His room for improvement will likely be: adjusting to smaller ice, heavier play.

Best case scenario: Erik Karlsson
Worst case scenario: Nick Leddy
Plausible scenario: Oliver Ekman-Larsson


2. Andrei Svechnikov, RW, 6'3", 187 lbs.
The tall Russian has been neck and neck with Zadina for the number 2 spot behind Dahlin. His brother was taken 19th overall by Detroit in 2015 and has started to play a handful of games with the big club this year. I caught a Grand Rapids Griffins game against the Chicago Wolves earlier this year, Svechnikov (the brother) was mostly invisible that game.
Andrei has a big body and long reach. He seems to gravitate toward the net whenever he's in the offensive zone. It looks like many of his goals could be scored in the dirty areas. He has the ability to draw multiple defenders to him to open up teammates on the opposite side of the net: https://www.youtube.com/w...tch?v=kDk5gw5q9Vo#t=4m54s

His long reach gives him a puck control radius reminiscent of Patrick Laine or Marian Hossa, where no puck behind the net is totally out of reach.

He reaches a decently high speed with a low amount of strides, and seems to glide through traffic easier than most. He almost looks slow because of how few strides he takes in the offensive zone, but looking at the people chasing him tells a different story.

He's a lefty, so his office on the PP is flipped from where Ovechkin/Stamkos normally setup. He has a good one-timer, but his wrist shot seems to be his main weapon of choice. Any time he's had more space on the larger ice surfaces he seems to flourish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_iYyg6Fwd0

Svechnikov has a nose for the net, and seems to create a decent scoring chance on most of his shifts. He seems to be the kind of player that opposing coaches have to be mindful of, because the puck will end up at least near their net at some point during his shift. Although he seems to be a shoot-first winger, his ability to draw defenders and find teammates could lead to more assists.

The one thing that I don't like is how long it's taken his brother to crack a poor Detroit lineup. If the Stromes are any indication of overhyped pedigree, that would give me some pause on taking Svechnikov with a #2 pick over Zadina. However, the offensive tools are readily apparent, and that is why he'll be taken much sooner than his brother.

Best case scenario: Jakub Voracek, Marian Hossa
Worst case scenario: Jakob Silfverberg, Kevin Hayes
Plausible scenario: Thomas Vanek, Alexander Radulov



3. Filip Zadina, LW, 6’1”, 192 pounds
The latest top prospect our of Halifax Moosehead’s pedigree (MacKinnon, Drouin, Ehlers, etc.), the Czech winger has been commended for his three zone play.
At 192 pounds there’s not much filling out left to do, Zadina seems to be more mature than other prospects at the forward position.

Fair warning: he’s probably my favorite player in this draft, apologies for any bias.

He seems to never run out of energy. Constantly hounding the puck or jockeying for position like it’s the last two minutes or a game down by one.

He shoots a ton, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHM74F3FzPg
His wrist shoot is deadly, likes to score top shelf. Backhand is sneaky strong.

He has 44 goals, 38 assists, 82 points in 57 games for Halifax, and its a safe bet that this will be his final season in junior. Granted these aren’t MacKinnon/Drouin numbers, but it’s still impressive that he’s clipping along way above a point per game.

Zadina isn’t necessarily a Selke candidate, wingers rarely are, but his two way play has been noticed. Some reports state that he recognizes lanes and forces opposing players to make more difficult passes. Usually any compliments on a junior superstar’s defensive ability means a lot considering they’re usually deployed in the offensive zone and relied on for scoring.

Zadina’s offensive tools are second only to Svechnikov’s, and in some cases better. He has great deking ability and can weave through defenses like he’s running a cone drill. He’s likely faster than Svechnikov, and has quicker strides to get up to full speed. Zadina isn’t the fastest forward available, but he is not lacking at all in speed/acceleration.

Zadina has the characteristics of a ‘spark plug’, but his raw talent deserves a better moniker than something deserved for third liners. He will get rough along the boards, tie up sticks by slamming his into others’, and take an opportunity to hit if it presents itself. All of these traits as a puck hound should immediately help any team that strongly relies on puck cycling.

The few drawbacks of Zadina are that he might overlook teammates with a better angle while he waits for his shot, and his rough game might not be as dominant against fully grown men in the NHL.

Best case scenario: Brad Marchand, Taylor Hall
Worst case scenario: Mikkel Boedker, Michael Frolik
Plausible scenario: Filip Forsberg, Mike Hoffman


4: Brady Tkachuk, C/LW, 6'3", 196 lbs.

Another Tkachuk, another big body pest who can turn any game into an emotional rollercoaster for both teams. The second Tkachuk son's season at Boston University was just ended over the weekend by Michigan. He had 31 points in 40 games on a good Boston team as a freshman. He was frequently playing with Minnesota Wild prospect Jordan Greenway, who should be making his NHL debut this week. The team also boasted Nashville prospect Dante Fabbro and Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger. One defenseman who has logged heavy minutes on this team is Chad Krys, a Blackhawks prospect who is likely the 4th or 5th top D prospect in the Hawks system.
Enough on college situations, Tkachuk likely looks to go straight to the NHL like his brother Matthew did for Calgary. Matthew was taken #6 overall, so there doesn't seem to be a large gap between their perceived value here. Some articles think Brady will be better because he is taller, others say he's going to be exactly the same. It's tough to say.
31 points in 40 games seems weak for anything not in the NHL, but college scoring is hard to come by when you're playing against other top programs. Some college players put up huge numbers, but they're also doing it against teams that get second pickings of top young players.
He has a willingness to go to the net and take punishment, probably as much as anyone in the draft. He's got a big frame, and will likely end up well over 200 lbs. He doesn't have the dazzling top tools that Dahlin, Svechnikov, and Zadina have in terms of dekes, shot, and slick moves, but he is just below that. He also has something the other three (besides maybe Svechnikov) somewhat lack, a huge frame that is impossible to move.
One thing that a team can value when they pick Tkachuk is something that is rarely found in a draft: certainty.
Yes, Dahlin looks like a top flight defenseman. Erik Johnson also went #1, and ended up becoming a very good defenseman, but never a Norris candidate. Svechnikov and Zadina could end up being a couple of Sam Bennetts. I doubt any of the three will be busts, but I'm nearly certain that Tkachuk will be a 'very good' NHL player.
His biggest contribution at first glance would be his agitation ability, like Andrew Shaw, or Antoine Roussel. But that would diminish the skills that the kid has. He has very good speed, great hands, very solid puck control and board battle ability, and many other raw hockey talents that are valuable to a player with or without the last name Tkachuk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhOMx5B9wKk (please excuse the 5'7" linemate)

He can roof the puck consistently, and has the ability to set teammates up with easy one timers. I was able to catch BU's game against Cornell, which they won. Tkachuk didn't stand out that much (it's hard at the college level), but absolutely no one moved him. It's like he was wearing shoes in a game played on rollerblades. His big body just does not get bumped off track.

Best case scenario: Leon Draisaitl, Brad Marchand
Worst case scenario: Andrew Shaw, Cal Clutterbuck
Plausible case scenario: Matthew Tkachuk, Wayne Simmonds



5. Adam Boqvist, D, 5'11", 170 lbs.
The second best defenseman in the draft, Adam Boqvist is a right handed D that seems to always be in short supply in the NHL.
Known primarily for his offensive abilities, it's surprising that Boqvist wasn't considered for forward with his toolset of wrist shot/skating. Boqvist would be a bigger name if it weren't for Dahlin, but the planet Jupiter of this draft's solar system tends to take up all of the press clippings for 2018. Boqvist shares many similarities with Dahlin, both are Swedish defensemen and have played in Sweden's junior and pro leagues. Both are offensive defensemen with slick moves and a pinpoint wrist shot.
Boqvist, though, is a righty and only 5'11". He's not afraid to carry the puck in alone, something that players in lesser leagues and in juniors are often able to do because of smaller/lesser competition: https://www.youtube.com/w...tch?v=6Awl9cY2fqA#t=2m37s

He will be dangerous inside the blueline, with the ability to cleverly deke and drag his way around forwards looking to pinch him against the blueline. His elusiveness with the puck makes him exhausting to track down: https://www.youtube.com/w...tch?v=7PBrJD5uzRk&t=2m37s

Boqvist is likely to earn top PP minutes in his career, his hands and playmaking ability are too much for most coaches to pass up. Boqvist has simply been a dominant offensive force when on the ice.

Defensive abilities: there's little footage of him actually taking rushes against. There are multiple examples of him skating the puck out of trouble or completing a long stretch pass. One video showed him making a blind backhand pass off the back boards to his partner, something that gives most Blackhawks fans nightmares at this point... but it worked.
He has the confidence, ability, and speed to be a solid defenseman in the NHL. But there just isn't enough evidence or commendations of his defensive abilities to accurately recommend this.
Boqvist's junior rights were drafted by the London Knights, so he could start next season there or remain in Sweden with his parent club. He's had difficulty holding a spot on Brynas, only cracking 15 games against the big boys. Not to draw hyperbolic comparisons... but Erik Karlsson had trouble putting up points in the Swedish league even in the year after he was drafted, 10 in 45.
Boqvist projects to be a dangerous and gifted offensive defenseman, although question marks remain about his ability to play a shutdown game.

Best case scenario: John Klingberg, Shayne Gostisbehere
Worst case scenario: John Moore, Marco Scandella
Plausible scenario: Hampus Lindholm, Tyson Barrie



Coming soon is Oliver Wahlstrom...
jhawk59
Chicago Blackhawks
Joined: 02.15.2013

Mar 29 @ 11:23 AM ET
You missed several other skills:
1. Our line blender is on 11 and any combination is better than what hits the ice
2. We are smarter than the 2nd all time winning coach
3. Our hindsight is truly 20/10
4. We have built in radar where we can measure skating speed form watching a broadcast

However, I would not give up reading this site makes good seasons great and bad seasons mind stimulating.

- riozzo

I like to question what we know or have read and maybe seen in a very small sample size.
Then i am just guessing.

I also do not get excited about how the draft round one unfolds until after WJC and all star games. I am looking at how the rating order changes. Still a crapshoot if some players reach their ceiling. Wiz is the best. I know Rick in Burlington, Canada (?) has a lot of knowledge about juniors. I hope he injects his thoughts.
Justin Lowe
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Mar 29 @ 11:24 AM ET
"biskit67

Today @ 9:59 AM ET
Just want to say Congrats to #7 on 1,000 career games tonight. Bad contract notwithstanding, he's had a heck of a career in the Indianhead.

Looks forward to seeing some more of the new blood playing tonight. Hillman and Sikura for sure."

I knew I forgot something in today's blog. Thanks for reminding me!

Yes, congrats to Seabs. I know he's not what he used to be... but a hell of a Blackhawk over the years!
gazza53
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: Northbrook, IL
Joined: 09.15.2017

Mar 29 @ 11:28 AM ET
Just want to say Congrats to #7 on 1,000 career games tonight. Bad contract notwithstanding, he's had a heck of a career in the Indianhead.

Looks forward to seeing some more of the new blood playing tonight. Hillman and Sikura for sure.

- biskit67


His top 5 moments

https://blackhawkup.com/2...moments-first-1000-games/
bogiedoc
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: VA
Joined: 09.27.2011

Mar 29 @ 11:30 AM ET
Just want to say Congrats to #7 on 1,000 career games tonight. Bad contract notwithstanding, he's had a heck of a career in the Indianhead.

Looks forward to seeing some more of the new blood playing tonight. Hillman and Sikura for sure.

- biskit67


stanbow is right...he has been and still is a warrior...he has not missed games..; his play has improved the last few months despite the hawks dreary performance.

congrats indeed...
benderboots
Nashville Predators
Location: Nashville, TN
Joined: 11.15.2011

Mar 29 @ 11:35 AM ET
I think most teams would take the Hawks last 10 years in exchange for 1 dumpster fire of a season.
bogiedoc
Chicago Blackhawks
Location: VA
Joined: 09.27.2011

Mar 29 @ 11:37 AM ET
with all the draft talk here...depending on how he lottery falls and who takes who with those first 3 picks...;

stanbow could be looking at trading up or down...
riozzo
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Chicago Blackhawks
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Joined: 06.17.2014

Mar 29 @ 11:38 AM ET
"biskit67

Today @ 9:59 AM ET
Just want to say Congrats to #7 on 1,000 career games tonight. Bad contract notwithstanding, he's had a heck of a career in the Indianhead.

Looks forward to seeing some more of the new blood playing tonight. Hillman and Sikura for sure."

I knew I forgot something in today's blog. Thanks for reminding me!

Yes, congrats to Seabs. I know he's not what he used to be... but a hell of a Blackhawk over the years!

- Justin Lowe

I am with you JL, 1000 games is huge for any player
35Tony0
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Chicago Blackhawks
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Mar 29 @ 11:48 AM ET
HUGE shoutout to #7 Seabs. A true warrior for a LONG time.
And here's hoping he can be properly positioned to have as long a remaining playing career as possible.
Like Hossa, I can also see him as an excellent coach after his playing days are over.
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