Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks are now through 3 days of training camp and we are one day away from the first preseason game, so things are starting getting excited.
So after three days of training camp, we have a new word from the Joel Quenneville vocabulary. It looks like Coach Q really likes Nick Schmaltz with Patrick Kane, so whoever is on the other wing is playing in the “Lottery Spot” according to Q.
First off it says a lot about the growth of Schmaltz since last year, that Coach Q thinks he should be in between Kane and another winger. When he was set on one line Schmaltz looked good, but when Artem Anisimov was injured and they started juggling lines on Schmaltz he struggled. One area he will need to improve at is face-offs which Coach Q thinks comes naturally as players play longer in the NHL.
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So on to the lottery spot, yesterday it was Alex DeBrincat on the other wing and he looked really good Sunday. Coach Q even said he liked how the line looked which is really shocking to hear him say something positive about a rookie.
On Saturday it looked like Patrick Sharp would be the player in the lottery spot, and he looked really good two with a goal and 2 assists. I’m sure Coach Q likes the fact that he’s got options with skill and we aren’t talking about playing Tomas Jurco on a top 3 line right now.
We are getting ready for hockey, and we have a new Q Word! What could possibly be better than that!
Here are some morning links to kick off your work week!
Here’s a preview for a position that scares us all, the 6th defenseman (Faxes From Uncle Dale)
Which rising stars around the NHL will turn into their franchises cornerstone (Bleacher Report)
A quick look at the Nashville Predators centers (On The Forecheck)
The Blues start training camp with an injury (St Louis Gametime)
Can we really take the Arizona Coyotes seriously now? (Pro Hockey Talk)