Summer Training Camp
On Monday, July 13th, the NHL started their summer training camp for the 24-teams in the playoffs. This saw old faces return to the team who missed time, like Brent Seabrook and Calvin de Haan, and current faces like Corey Crawford miss time. We would later find out that Crawford had COVID-19 and would recover just in time to play in the playoffs.
There were around 3-weeks of training camp for these teams, with each team testing their players regularly. There were a few players who tested positive, but not many names were leaked.
Things were interesting when the Hawks started doing team scrimmages. Their lines were looking better, the rookies had a long time to train while being off for 100-plus days, and the veterans were healthy. This team wasn’t the 2010s Blackhawks but they’d make some noise if given the chance.
The few months off for these players was almost like an offseason. If anything, it benefited the younger stars on the Hawks. It gave Kirby Dach, Adam Boqvist, Dominik Kubalik, and others time to reflect on the season and improve. We saw great improvements in Dach throughout the playoffs.
As the weeks went on, the Blackhawks got ready to travel to Edmonton. Crawford would return just in time to get a few practices in between then, the exhibition game against St. Louis, and the play-in series against the Oilers.