Blackhawks Monday Mailbag: Prospects Making the NHL Roster, “Ripped” Toews, Disappointment Theater, More

The Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase has come and gone and all that is standing between us and the Blackhawks beginning training camp are two little things call Tuesday and Wednesday. With the club set to begin the 2021-22 season on Thursday, let’s dive into the Monday Mailbag one more time before we actually have Blackhawks on the ice for hockey that matters.
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Knights shutout Blackhawks, both show unity among teams

The St. Mary’s Knights posted a shutout over the Madelia Blackhawks on Friday, Sept. 17 in Madelia. The game was called to end just 2 minutes into the second half, after Blackhawks cornerback Blayne Wilde suffered a severe concussion and was taken away by local EMS. The injury to Wilde wore the Blackhawks 14-man roster even thinner, leaving them in a dangerous position. After shaking hands, the two teams along with the St. Mary’s cheer team, knelt at midfield and prayed for Wilde.
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10 observations: Hawks' Reichel shines in rookie showcase

The Blackhawks sent their top prospects to Minnesota over the weekend, where they played two scrimmages against the Wild in the inaugural Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase. The Blackhawks lost both games, 3-2 on Friday and 4-3 in a shootout on Sunday, but there were some positives that came out of it.

Former Avs player sells Wash Park home for $3M

DENVER — After signing a $22.5 million contract with the St. Louis Blues in July, former Avalanche player and two-time Stanley Cup winner Brandon Saad has sold his Denver home. Saad and his wife Alyssa sold the 5,847-square-foot Wash Park home at 1102 S. York St. for $3.05 million on...

Blackhawks: Why Early Extensions are Essential to be Competitive

The Blackhawks are going to enter an offseason where many top prospects will need new contracts next summer. Seth Jones’ mammoth 9.5 million cap hit will be in effect starting next season with many Blackhawks young guns needing new deals. The Blackhawks must take advantage of the offseason to sign these players to such new deals. It has been well-known that the value of these prospects are rising every month, as we can see with Alex Debrincat who at 6.4 million is widely viewed as a bargain.
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NHL Power Rankings: Top storylines for 2021-22 season (Part 1)

In this week’s edition of the NHL Power Rankings we begin counting down the 30 biggest storylines to watch across the league for the 2021-22 season. We will look at 10 storylines over the next three Mondays, counting down toward the NHL’s biggest storylines. We begin today with Nos. 30-21...

De Smet finishes second at Lake Preston Tournament

LAKE PRESTON — Arlington used set scores of 25-15 and 25-18 to get past De Smet in the championship match of the Lake Preston Tournament on Saturday. Arlington opened the event with a 2-0 win against Iroquois/Doland with set scores of 25-7 and 25-15. Then got past Sioux Valley 25-15 and 25-20 in the semifinals.

Fantasy Hockey: Bust candidates and overrated players to fade in drafts

Everyone knows finding sleepers and value options is important on draft day, but it's just as important to avoid drafting busts and overrated players. If you nail a sleeper and get second-round value out of your fifth-round pick but also get fifth-round value from your second-round selection, you're only breaking even despite uncovering a gem. While certain factors like injuries and puck-luck can't be controlled, you can still put yourself in the best position to succeed by knowing not only who to target, but also who to avoid.
Melfort Journal

SNAPSHOTS: Niku freed ... from Jets; NCAA champs reunited in Winnipeg

It won’t be the escape a segment of the Jets’ fanbase wanted it to be, but defenceman Sami Niku is on his way out of Winnipeg. This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content. The club placed Niku on unconditional waivers for the purposes of...

Blackhawks: Lukas Reichel is Good, But He is Missing One Thing

Lukas Reichel was the standout skater of the prospect showcase for the Blackhawks. There is a lot to like about his game, and a few things that needs work. The Blackhawks found a gem in the 2020 draft in Lukas Reichel. Many thought of him as a reach and yes, he still isn’t proven, but there is a lot to look forward to when it comes to his game.
Second City Hockey

Morning Bag Skate: 9-20-21

This is your daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news. Lukas Reichel will push for an NHL spot: 10 thoughts from the Blackhawks rookie games (The Athletic) Kirby Dach, healthy at last, hopes intensive summer training leads to explosive season (Sun-Times) A different approach: Here’s a Blackhawks prospect...