Jun 14, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (left) talks with center Jonathan Toews (19) during practice the day before game two of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Blackhawks training camp continued today, and we learned even more about the squad that will take the ice next year. With an impending trade looming, the guys who are on the ‘trading block’ set out to prove their worth today in South Bend. Here are a few takeaways from today.
– Teuvo Teravainen scored a goal in each of the scrimmages today. The first was a highlight reel goal off of a nice pass from linemate Mark McNeil, the second off of a pass from Kris Versteeg. Teuvo showed that he can not only pass, but can find the back of the net himself from time to time.
– Speaking of Versteeg, he netted a rebound after a stuff attempt from Andrew Shaw was thwarted. Although it may not save him from being dealt when the time comes, it definitely highlighted one of the strong points in his game. After the kind words that Joel Quenneville said about Versteeg after day one, this definitely inches him closer to a Blackhawks roster spot in 2014-15.
– Phillip Danault wants to be Marcus Kruger:
He is also a hungry young player, which is definitely a plus. He has shown leadership qualities in the rookie tournament, and was captain of his major junior team for 3 years. He made this inspiring statement as well:
– Cam Barker laid a big hit on Teuvo in the first scrimmage, which definitely probably ruffled a few feathers, but this may have ruffled a few more:
– After Barker hit Teuvo, Brandon Mashinter continually tried to get after him anytime he could. Taking exception to something like that goes a long way in Quenneville’s eyes. We already know that Coach Q wants an enforcer type in the lineup, and Mashinter could be that guy.
– Trevor van Riemsdyk continues to show the Hawks that they made no mistake with taking a chance on him. He played well on both sides of the puck in the rookie tourney, and has thus added some offense to his game in training camp.
Training camp is wrapping up soon, and then preseason will start. The players now have limited time to show how they can fit on this team. All of the pieces of the Stanley Cup contending puzzle are coming together, and the start of the season is right around the corner.
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