Player News - Blackhawks

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Chicago prospect Alex DeBrincat has been named the CHL Player of the Year.

DeBrincat has led the Erie Otters to an OHL Championship and to the Memorial Cup finals set to start next week with a brilliant performance in the playoffs (38 points in 22 games) after a remarkable 127-point regular season. Not too shabby for the 39th overall pick in the 2016 draft. You've got to hand it to the Blackhawks--they sure know how to scout.
Source: CHL.ca
May 28 - 11:06 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have announced that Michal Kempny has signed a one-year contract extension with the club.

After crossing the pond from the KHL, Kempny picked up two goals and eight points in 50 games this season. He showed some potential and finished the season as one of the Blackhawks with the best possession numbers. "Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defense," general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. "He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks." Kempny does not warrant any fantasy consideration next season.
May 27 - 10:30 AM

John Hayden is completely focused on hockey now that he has earned a degree in political science.

He had to juggle his studies and playing for the Blackhawks after he signed a two-year deal in March. "Now that everything is officially settled down it's a relief not to have any summer classes," Hayden said. "Now it's the first time in my life I officially have just hockey on my menu." He skated in 12 games with Chicago in 2016-17 and posted four points. Hayden also dressed in one playoff match. The 22-year-old forward is hungry for more NHL action in 2017-18, but he will have to earn his spot at training camp.
May 24 - 10:55 AM

Artemi Panarin has arguably been the best player at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

Panarin leads all players in scoring with 16 points in eight games and has been the best player on the ice in most of those contests. He will try to lead Russia to a bronze medal Sunday in a game against Finland.
Source: IIHF.com
May 21 - 11:15 AM

Jeremy Colliton has been selected as the new head coach of AHL Rockford.

The Rockford IceHogs are the AHL affiliates of the Chicago Blackhawks. Colliton, who is still just 32 years old, has served as the head coach of Sweden's Mora IK for the last four campaigns. He's also a former player with 57 games worth of NHL experience. "Jeremy's experience as a player and a coach will allow him to be a great leader and mentor for our young prospects in Rockford," said Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. "He is coming off a great start to his coaching career with four successful seasons in Sweden and fits very well into our plan of continuing to develop our younger players."
Source: NHL.com
May 18 - 1:24 PM

Artemi Panarin was back in the lineup for Russia on Monday at the World Hockey Championship.

He set up three goals in a 5-0 win over Latvia after missing Saturday's game because of a minor injury. Panarin leads the tournament in scoring with 13 points in five matches.
May 15 - 4:25 PM

Nick Schmaltz wasn't out for long after he was hurt at the World Hockey Championship last week.

He was back in the lineup for the United States after missing one contest following a late hit from Sweden's Gabriel Landeskog. Schmaltz has collected three assists in five games at the tournament.
May 15 - 3:15 PM

Marcus Kruger isn't paying attention to the speculation that he might be done with the Chicago Blackhawks.

"We all know what happens in the summer, and there's going to be a new team coming in and all of that stuff," Kruger said. "We have a history, too, of not being able to keep players. That's part of the business side of things, but I don't put too many thoughts into that. Right now I'm here, so I'm focused on [this], but it's going to be interesting to see what happens in the summer." He will likely be exposed in the expansion draft and could be traded if the Golden Knights don't take him.
May 15 - 11:40 AM

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman insists the firing of assistant coach Mike Kitchen wasn't a warning to head coach Joel Quenneville.

Kitchen had been with the Blackhawks since 2010 and was a big part of Quenneville's staff, so some interpreted the move as Bowman sending a message to his bench boss after Chicago suffered a second straight first round exit. "People think that’s the case, even though there’s no validity to it," Bowman said. "I learned a long time ago that you can’t control what other people are going to think or say. We know what the truth is, and none of that is accurate. But that’s OK. That’s the way it goes." Bowman added that Quenneville will be playing a significant role in the hiring process. Quenneville has led the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup championships so it likely would be a stretch to think that he's on the hot seat going into 2017-18. That being said, hockey is a what have you done for me lately business and if the Blackhawks continue to fall short of expectations then eventually further changes will come.
May 14 - 12:01 PM

Alex DeBrincat led the Ontario Hockey League in playoff scoring.

DeBrincat's Erie Otters were the OHL champions and will go on to the Memorial Cup, emblematic of junior hockey supremacy. DeBrincat had 13 goals and 38 points in 22 games after a 127 point effort in the regular season in 63 contests. Although he is diminutive at five-feet seven-inches, the Blackhawks stole him when he was drafted in the second round, 39th overall in 2016. He may need some minor league time but pick him up in keeper leagues as he has sublime offensive skills.
May 14 - 7:03 AM

Artemi Panarin is out of team Russia's lineup on Saturday because of an undisclosed injury.

It's unclear what is plaguing him, but it appears as though the injury is minor. He's considered day-to-day at this point.
Source: TVA Sports
May 13 - 11:39 AM

Richard Panik made it sound like there wasn't much of a negotiating process before he inked his two-year, $5.6 million extension with Chicago on Thursday.

"I was waiting for the first offer to come in, and the first offer they gave me surprised me," Panik said. "There wasn't much thinking involved. I was really happy to get the first offer [because] it was a good one." It's good that Panik was happy with Chicago's offer because, if anything, he might have been able to hold out for more if he really wanted to. He's coming off a strong season where he recorded 22 goals and 44 points in 82 games. He'll be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this deal, so if he has another couple solid seasons during this contract then his next signing should be fairly lucrative.
May 12 - 10:10 AM

Richard Panik has signed a two-year, $5.6 million contract extension with the Chicago Blackhawks.

That's a big jump from his $875K salary in 2016-17, but it's not a surprising raise. He's coming off a strong campaign where he scored 22 goals and 44 points in 82 games. In fact, if anything you could argue that he left money on the table. He would have been a restricted free agent this summer and is eligible to become a UFA at the end of this new deal.
May 11 - 12:08 PM

Blackhawks prospect Matthew Highmore excelled in the QMJHL playoffs.

Highmore scored six goals and 24 points in 18 postseason games to help the Saint John Sea Dogs capture the President's Cup. The Sea Dogs will now compete in the 2017 Memorial Cup, which should be a great experience for Highmore. Another Blackhawks prospect, Nathan Noel, is also a member of Saint John.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 11 - 9:53 AM

Nick Schmaltz was hurt on a late hit from Sweden's Gabriel Landeskog at the World Hockey Championship on Monday.

He didn't play in Wednesday's match against Italy, but his status remains unclear beyond that.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 10 - 11:57 AM


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