Player News - Blackhawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Brandon Saad scored a hat trick in Thursday's 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Saad was re-acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets this summer, and he seemed comfortable enough with his old/new team tonight. He'll get an opportunity to play on one of Chicago's top two lines which makes him relevant in most standard fantasy leagues. Saad had 24 goals and 53 points in 82 games with Columbus last season.
Sep 21 - 11:17 PM

Will Pelletier has been released from his amateur tryout contract.

Pelletier scored 18 goals and 46 points in 23 contests with Norwich University in 2016-17. He added another three goals and seven points in eight AHL contests.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 21 - 5:36 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have cut Matt Tomkins from his amateur tryout contract.

Tomkins posted a 2.48 GAA and .909 save percentage in 22 games with Ohio State University last season. He was originally taken by Chicago with the 199th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 21 - 5:34 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have released Robin Press from his PTO.

Press recorded no points in nine AHL contests in 2016-17. At the ECHL level he had two goals and 20 points in 30 games.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 21 - 5:32 PM

Tyler Sikura has been released from his professional tryout with Chicago.

Sikura had no points in 16 AHL games in 2016-17. He also scored 14 goals and 34 points in 47 ECHL contests.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 21 - 5:31 PM

Jonathan Toews will miss Thursday's game due to an illness.

We're only talking about the preseason, so this isn't a big deal. Toews has plenty of time to recover and there will be other opportunities for him to get ready before the start of the regular season.
Sep 21 - 1:18 PM

Chicago has cut Drew Miller from its training camp roster.

Miller was attending the camp on a PTO. He had five goals and seven points in 55 contests with Detroit in 2016-17.
Sep 21 - 12:37 PM

Mark Stuart has been released from his PTO with Chicago.

Stuart was bought out by the Winnipeg Jets over the summer and it seems he wasn't able to land an NHL contract. He had two goals and four points in 42 contests with the Jets in 2016-17. We'll have to see if he can find work with another team or if he'll perhaps sign overseas.
Sep 21 - 12:35 PM

Anton Forsberg made a great first impression in his quest to earn Chicago's backup goalie job.

He played the full game in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Columbus and he stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced. "It's always a competition [for] spots," Forsberg said. "It doesn't really matter to me. I can't do anything other than play my game and focus on my game. I'm trying to get better every night. Everybody else in there is trying to do the same thing." He will have to outperform Jean-Francois Berube to keep the position.
Sep 20 - 6:33 PM

Ryan Hartman is using last year's playoff disappointment as motivation going into 2017-18.

"No one was happy with it," Hartman said. "We come in [to the new season] with a little anger and a little motivation to know that we've got a lot to prove. We want to come into the first half of the season and make everyone forget about that." Hartman had 19 markers and 31 points in 76 games with the Blackhawks during his first full campaign. The feisty winger hopes to contribute more this year.
Sep 20 - 5:43 PM

Cody Franson scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Franson is attending Blackhawks training camp on a professional tryout, so he'll have to really impress the coaching staff if he wants to earn a contract. The fact that he opened the scoring with a first-period power play goal won't hurt his chances of making the squad. He also added an assist on Nick Schmaltz's goal in the second frame. Franson finished the game with a plus-2 rating and four shots on goal in 20:51 of ice time. Even if he does crack Chicago's roster, he won't have any fantasy value.
Sep 19 - 9:50 PM

Henri Jokiharju will make his preseason debut Tuesday night in Columbus.

He feels he is back to 100 percent after he sustained a knee injury on Aug. 1 at the World Junior Summer Showcase. Jokiharju isn't expected to play in the NHL this campaign and he is slated to return to Portland of the WHL sometime in the next two weeks. Until then the 18-year-old defender is gaining some valuable experience and he is learning from Chicago's veterans.
Sep 19 - 6:48 PM

Artem Anisimov may start the regular season as Chicago's third-line center.

It looks like Nick Schmaltz will take over the second-line role, but if that happens then Anisimov won't mind. "I expect a lot to happen [in camp], and my mind-set was to be ready for -anything," he said. Anisimov could also see a larger role on the penalty kill if he drops to the third unit.
Sep 18 - 11:39 AM

Brandon Saad feels very comfortable being reunited with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago dealt Saad to Columbus in 2015, but reacquired him over the summer. "It's kind of like I never left," said Saad. "It's a different locker room now (after it was remodeled in 2015), but it's good to be back. You see some familiar faces, you're used to everything around the city and things like that, so I'm feeling pretty comfortable." As previously mentioned, Saad opened training camp on a line with Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik. Toews and Saad played on the same line during his first stint with the team, so that arrangement creates another layer of familiarity for Saad. Obviously nothing has been finalized yet, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Saad play primarily with Toews in 2017-18.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 17 - 12:13 PM

Patrick Sharp has looked good in Blackhawks' camp thus far.

He performed very well in the fitness testing at the start of camp and has looked fast skating after hip surgery this past March. It is unlcear if Sharp will line up on the Hawks' second line alongside Patrick Kane, or as a third-line center. Much will depend on Nick Schmultz's performance and whether he is capable of holding down a second-line role. Stay tuned.
Sep 17 - 10:39 AM


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