The calendar hasn’t turned to September yet, so it’s not like members of the Chicago Blackhawks are packing their bags for Notre Dame just yet. But as summer hits the dragging point, as it normally does and with kids heading back to school, it’s seems like no better time than the present to look forward to Blackhawks training camp.
The Blackhawks have won three out of the past six Stanley Cups, so normally most fans would sleepwalk through training camp and the preseason. But with the Chicago Blackhawks’ only goal being to hoist the Stanley Cup again and with their roster turnover, I have three reasons to be excited about the upcoming training camp, which is less than four weeks away!
3. Artemi Panarin
I hope I get used to spelling his name correctly! The word on the street is he’s the Russian Patrick Kane, and if you YouTube some of his highlight videos you can see why people draw those comparisons. Granted, if Panarin doesn’t cut it on the smaller ice rinks in North America during training camp and the preseason we could see him going back to Russia and the KHL, but I’m pretty sure Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville will give this kid every chance possible to make the team.
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The Chicago Blackhawks are going to need to find a replacement for all ofPatrick Sharp
‘s production, and although Panarin might not be able to fill all of those skates he sure has the talent level to get the job done. Panarin was last seen turning heads at the World Championships and is an offensive threat with or without the puck, which does sound a whole lot like No. 88!
If you’ve read what I’ve had to say for the past three or four years, to me there’s nothing more exciting than getting young players into the lineup and seeing what they can do, especially for a franchise that had a core built around young players. So I want to see Panarin on the ice at training camp, preseason and Opening Night!
Next: No. 2 Reason To Be Excited
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