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Chicago Blackhawks: Rookies Drop Tournament Opener 4-2

By Keith Schultz

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The Chicago Blackhawks kicked off their rookie tournament on Saturday night against the host team Toronto Maple Leafs. The Blackhawks gave up 2 third period goals to lose 4-2 in the opening contest of the tourney.  Here are some quick hits about the action.

Ryan Van Stralen a player for Ottawa of the OHL scored both Chicago goals which was good for him but didn’t really excite those of us watching the Blackhawks prospects. It was still a good first impression for scouts that Van Stralen was crashing the net all night.

Stephen Johns is big and a good skater which does cause him to get caught up offensively and cause odd man rushes the other way.  Johns was impressive and has a good shot if the Hawks trade Nick Leddy, Johnny Oduya or Michael Rozsival Johns has the talent to be in the rotation.

Teuvo Teravainen has some serious vision and passing skills and has the talent level to be in NHL today.  Two questions that are going to dog Teuvo in the preseason/training camp will be his size which will get old really quick and shooting the puck enough.  His passing is on another level just put some pucks on net and behind the goalie Teuvo.

The player of the game was Phillip Danault for the Blackhawks.  Danault who has been told to play like Marcus Kruger but played like Ben Smith below the goal line a lot and never stopped working every shift.  His hard work created the first Van Stralen goal, and his very good pass off the wing set up the second goal.  He was strong with the puck all night and could have easily set up a third goal but it wasn’t meant to be.  Danault had a disappointing season in Rockford last year, but he for sure had a great start to the 2014-2015 campaign with his play on Saturday night.

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