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Richard Panik is a strong candidate to play on the Blackhawks' top line alongside Jonthan Toews and Marian Hossa.

Well, the Hawks actually have two top lines as Patrick Kane, Atremi Panarin and Artem Anisimov are no slouches. Although Panik is not a naturally gifted offensive player, a competent and hard working winger could put up some really fine numbers flanking Toews. Keep Panik in mind during the latter rounds of your draft if he solidifies this gig.
Sep 25 - 10:19 AM

Duncan Keith (knee) participated in the first day of Blackhawks practice on Friday.

The knee injury forced Keith to back out of the World Cup of Hockey. "Well, today was the first skate," he said. "I've been skating a little here this month, just trying to get going, trying to take it one day at a time." We still don't know if Keith will be ready for the regular season opener on Oct. 12, but expect him to be an impact defenseman as soon as he returns to the lineup.
Sep 24 - 10:33 AM

Artem Anisimov's surgically-repaired wrist hasn't been an issue during the World Cup of Hockey.

"I had surgery on the (right) wrist and it has healed up so I can play at my full force," Anisimov said. "I don't have any pain." He has been playing for Team Russia at the tournament, where he has one assist after two games.
Sep 22 - 8:23 AM

Corey Crawford stopped 19 of 20 shots in Team Canada's 4-1 win over Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey.

The win allows Canada to finish the round robin portion of the tournament with a perfect 3-0-0 record and in first place in the group. Crawford got the start in this game because coach Mike Babcock wanted to give Carey Price some rest after he played against Team USA last night. Crawford was solid, but expect Price to be back in goal in the semi-final. Canada will take on either Team Russia or Team North America in that game.
Sep 21 - 10:57 PM

Marian Hossa scored in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

Although both teams had qualified for the semi-final, this was still an important game because first place in the group was on the line. Even though Team Europe came into this game with a 2-0-0 record, the end result was hardly surprising. Canada jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Hossa cut the deficit in half, but that's as close as Europe would come to tying the game. Team Europe will now take on Team Sweden in the semi-finals.
Sep 21 - 10:53 PM

Jonathan Toews scored two goals and an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over Team Europe.

The win allows Canada to finish at the top of their group. Toews' first period goal gave Canada a 2-0 lead at the time. His goal at the 14:48 mark of the second period extended Canada's lead to 3-1. Toews also assisted on Logan Couture's goal in the third period. The Blackhawks captain finishes the round robin with three goals and four points in three games. Canada will now face Team Russia or Team North America in the semi-final.
Sep 21 - 10:51 PM

Patrick Kane was obviously disappointed following Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Canada.

The defeat means the United States will not advance to the next round of the World Cup of Hockey. Kane picked up an assist in the game, but he has gone nine straight matches without a goal in international play. He hasn't scored since the semifinals of the 2010 Olympics. "You want to show up for your country, and you want to be able to produce," Kane said. "I obviously didn't do my job this tournament." He will be at Chicago's training camp earlier than he expected as a result.
Sep 21 - 11:36 AM

Artemi Panarin's agent, Tom Lynn, has had discussions with Chicago GM Stan Bowman about a contract extension for the 2016 Calder Trophy winner.

He can become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2016-17 season. "I came to play on the NHL level not because of money and contracts," Panarin said through an interpreter. "My agent will deal with the rest." He is currently playing for Russia at the World Cup of Hockey, which he feels will prepare him nicely for his second NHL campaign.
Sep 21 - 11:25 AM

Corey Crawford will get the start in Wednesday's game against Team Europe.

Carey Price will get the night off because Team Canada is playing two games in two nights. Regardless of who's in goal, Canada will still be considered the favorite to finish atop the group. Both teams will move on to the semi-final, but the winner of Wednesday's game will finish in first place, while the loser will finish in second position.
Sep 20 - 11:28 PM

Patrick Kane took responsibility for Team Europe's second goal on Saturday.

Kane's turnover led directly to a 2-on-0 odd man rush, which Leon Draisaitl finished off. "I'll definitely take the fault on that one," Kane said. "It's a play I've made a million times in my career. I just kind of lost the puck and the next thing you know, they go down 2-on-0 so that's unacceptable for me. But at the same time we had chances and looks throughout the game. We just didn't seem to get a break."
Sep 18 - 11:30 AM

Patrick Kane and Team USA were blanked 3-0 in their opening game of the World Cup against Team Europe.

It wasn't a particularly good game for Kane. His giveaway led to Team Europe's second goal. Kane finished the game with a minus-2 rating. The 'Hawks forward finished the game with four shots on goal in 18:48 of ice time. Things won't get easier for the Americans, as their next game is Tuesday night against Team Canada.
Sep 17 - 6:52 PM

Michal Kempny says he's ready to make the leap to the NHL.

The 26-year-old has spent time in the Czech League and in the KHL, but this will be his first season in the NHL. "The last two years in Brno in the Czech League, I played a lot of minutes and the coach believed in me, so it was a very good help for me," Kempny said. "And last year in Omsk, I had a great season there again. I played (power play), (penalty kill), everything, so it was good for my confidence. Now I'm happy that I signed with Chicago. I've played a lot of minutes and I believe that I can play against every player. The rink is smaller in North America, so I believe that I'll be ready for that. I have to be faster." Even though he had a great career in Europe, don't expect Kempny to be a great player in the NHL right away.
Sep 17 - 11:44 AM

Patrick Kane is entering his 10th NHL season.

"It's a little scary for sure," Kane said. "I'm going into my 10th year but feel like I'm a young kid at heart, like I'm still on my front nine here in the league. "But I'm going to be 28 later this year. It's amazing how time flies by. There's still a lot left in the tank, still a great team in front of us with the Blackhawks, still great opportunities like this World Cup event. You really want to take advantage of them and play well because you don't know how many opportunities you have left. Hopefully a few more." Kane led the league in scoring last season with 106 points in 82 contests. Expect to continue seeing his name pop up in boxscores on a nightly basis. He should be a top two pick in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 17 - 10:48 AM

Marcus Kruger (upper body) should be okay for Team Sweden's World Cup opener on Sunday.

Kruger missed two exhibition contests due to the ailment. "I'm prepared to play Sunday," Kruger said. "It's tough when something like this happens right away. You want to be here playing for your team and your country but at the same time you try to be positive (and) stay patient." He's coming off of a rough season where he was limited to four assists in 41 contests.
Sep 16 - 9:07 AM

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman doesn't believe Duncan Keith's knee injury is anything "to be alarmed about."

Bowman wouldn't categorize the injury as major, but there does still seem to be a degree of uncertainty in terms of the timetable. Keith isn't guaranteed to be ready for the start of the season, so this is a situation worth keeping an eye on.
Sep 15 - 2:40 PM


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