Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans!
The Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp starts today, and after two and a half months of no Blackhawks hockey to watch, there will finally be something on the ice to talk about when the latest batch of prospects hit the ice.
The biggest player I think all Chicago Blackhawks fans are excited to see on the ice has to be Nick Schmaltz. Before GM Stan Bowman sent Teuvo Teravainen to Carolina as a throw in with Bryan Bickell deal, it didn’t look like Schmaltz would be a possibility to sign with Chicago.
With Teuvo Time out of town, Bowman had the opportunity to most likely tell Schmaltz he had every opportunity to make the team when training camp opens up in September. If you look at the potential lines come October for the Chicago Blackhawks it’s very apparent that Schmaltz should have a golden opportunity to jump right into the lineup if he can seize the moment.
Of course there are other players to watch and that’s the great thing about prospect camp, you never know what unknown player will stand out in the midst of all the other prospects.
Last year it was Kyle Baun who played well heading into training camp and made the team out of camp, but he only dressed for two games very early into the season and he was never heard from again.
Either way you look at it, we have real live hockey to watch for the next few days!
Here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to start your Sunday morning.
The Thursday throwback this week was looking back at the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship parade that was the first of three this past decade (Blackhawks)
One players some Hawks fans wanted to see in Ville Pokka will be missing camp with a lower body issue (Second City)
In the past week, two young Central Division centers were paid and will not be moving out of the division for a long time (Committed Indians)
Nick Schmaltz senses opportunity with the Chicago Blackhawks after the moves that have taken place this offseason (Tribune)
Offensive balance will be the key to the Chicago Blackhawks next season (Today’s Slap Shot)
Top NHL storylines to look forward to the rest of the 2016 offseason (Bleacher Report)
NBC Mike Emerick called the Pittsburgh Pirates victory on MLB Network (Puck Daddy)