The Blackhawks are in London Ontario for a three-day rookie tournament. The tournament is hosted by the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Budweiser Gardens. The Blackhawks play Thursday night at 7pm, Saturday afternoon at 2pm, and Sunday afternoon at 2pm.
The exciting part of the tournament is all the action the Blackhawks rookies and prospects should get in Ontario. One of the roster headliners is Phillip Danault who will more than likely taking his talents to Rockford in the fall, but there has been a lot of buzz for Danault especially after the last two seasons he’s had playing in Juniors, and they way he played at prospect camp earlier this summer.
If you look at all the articles written about all of the rookie tournaments going on during the next week, the biggest name out there could be Drew LeBlanc. After getting a sniff of the NHL in two outings while playing pretty good for the Hawks, many experts want to see how LeBlanc meshes with other Blackhawks prospects especially the up and comers like Danault. Bowman has made it known that though they are ready for Brandon Pirri to arrive in Chicago, he believes LeBlanc is very close so this showcase weekend will be a big one for the 24-year-old heading into his first full season in the Hawks system.
Other big names in the Hawks system playing this weekend will be Mark McNeill and Dylan Olsen, like Danault and LeBlanc both are more than likely going to be starting the year off in Rockford with this being a great weekend to show leadership and skills.
Stan Bowman has built the Hawks a great organization and not just an NHL team, and hopefully the fruits of his labor will be shown with an excellent showing by the Blackhawks rookie team that takes to the ice tonight in Ontario. Here is a link to the complete Blackhawks rookie roster.