Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Blowout Ohio

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 31: Nick Schmaltz
SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 31: Nick Schmaltz /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks rookie squad headed to Columbus and put a beat down on the Blue Jackets. 

Before we get carried away about preseason game #1 and a blowout, let’s say this right out of the box.  I’m very excited about what huge step in season #2 that Nick Schmaltz will show us this season.

If you want to take a quick look see here are two tweets of a goal he set up and a goal he scored.

With Joel Quenneville stating that he’s leaning toward putting Nick Schmaltz with Patrick Kane instead of Artem Anisimov my thought was has Coach Q seen anything extra from Schmaltz.  The answer from the first preseason game where he Schmaltz didn’t have anyone near the talent of Kane on his wing is a resounding yes which makes me very excited to see what he can do with the full arsenal on the ice.

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The other thing that was nice to see was everyone getting on the scoresheet which to me means everyone is truly hungry for a roster spot and no one thinks they are just going to be given a spot.

Cody Franson, Jan Rutta Laurent Dauphin and Graham Knott all were on the scoresheet which is pretty exciting to see.

The next preseason game is Thursday night at the United Center, and I can’t wait to see Alex DeBrincat on the ice… hopefully!

Here are some morning links to kick off your Hump Day. 

What does Patrick Kane have to say about who plays with during the season (Blackhawks)

The falsehood of relocation in the NHL (Faxes From Uncle Dale)

Taking a look at Laurent Dauphin (Hockey Buzz)

Let the Chicago Blackhawks belly aching commence (Puckin Hostile)

Pat Foley provides a health update on Ed Olczyk (CSN)

Who is the most overlooked player at every position in the NHL (Bleacher Report)

Roman Josi was named Captain of the Predators on Tuesday (On The Forecheck)

What are the 3 biggest questions facing the Dallas stars this year (Blackout Dallas)

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