The Chicago Blackhawks finished up their second day of training camp Saturday at the University of Notre Dame. The campus was electric with Blackhawks and Notre Dame fans in town. The big stars of the camp’s second day were two of the Blackhawks’ newest additions, Marko Dano and Artemi Panarin.
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Dano stole the show, scoring three goals during the Blackhawks’ scrimmages. Dano had two goals during 5-on-5 play and one goal during 3-on-3 play. The latter style will be important this upcoming season with the changes to the NHL overtime rules. Dano was on the same line as Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa and is cognizant of being a line with two special players.
“I was thinking it’s going to be fun,” Dano said afterward. “They’re great players and there’s a lot of what I can learn from them, so I’m real excited about being in a line with them.”
Toews and Hossa praised Dano after practice today, with the captain calling Dano “a good young player.” Toews thinks Dano is a big, strong kid who has a lot of potential. Hossa said this on Dano: “I got a good feeling, he’s going to really good.”
Dano showed some potential during his brief stint with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season, tallying 21 points in 35 games.
Dano was not the only forward to garner some attention. Panarin also gave the Blackhawks faithful some flashes of brilliance. Now Panarin is a different style of player than Dano. While Dano has the strength and size, Panarin has the finesse and ice vision. Panarin netted a goal and set up several other chances.
Panarin was on a line with fellow playmaker Teuvo Teravainen and former KHL teammate Viktor Tikhonov. Teravainen said afterward that Panarin is a “great” player. Tikhonov seconded Teravainen’s praise of Panarin. Tikhonov has played with Panarin before, and he stated that Panarin gives you a scoring chance on almost every shift. Many have referred to Panarin as the “Russian Patrick Kane” because of his playmaking ability. Let’s hope that Panarin and Dano can add on to their strong starts to camp.
OTHER NEWS AND NOTES
- Coach Joel Quenneville said he has the defense set with Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Trevor Daley, Trevor van Riemsdyk, David Rundblad and Michal Rozsival.
- Corey Tropp and Mike Liambas dropped the gloves along with Mark McNeill and Sam Jardine.
- Bryan Bickell, Artem Anisimov and Kane started the scrimmage on the same line.
- Michael Leighton had a strong practice, stopping all 16 shots he faced. Leighton will be in Rockford this coming season.
- Toews was interviewed with NBC’s Kathryn Tappen during the Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech college football game. Toews had the Stanley Cup with him as the Blackhawks were in attendance for the competition.
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