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Blackhawks' Alexis Gravel: Excelling at Memorial Cup
Gravel stopped 33 of 35 shots in Halifax's 4-2 victory over Guelph in CHL Memorial Cup action on Sunday.
Gravel and the host Mooseheads are now sporting an unbeaten 2-0 record in the early stages of the tournament. A sixth-round selection (162nd overall) of Chicago in 2018, Gravel is coming off an exceptional season for Halifax in which he posted a 33-13-2 record to go along with a 2.49 GAA and .913 save percentage. While the 19-year-old remains a project, he has a boatload of potential and has undoubtedly taken a significant step forward this year. Don't be surprised if the Blackhawks sign Gravel to an entry-level contract in short order.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Slater Koekkoek: Agrees to extension
Koekkoek penned a one-year, $925,000 contract extension with Chicago on Monday, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Koekkoek was acquired by the Hawks from the Lightning in January and has reupped with his new club for another season. By agreeing to an extension, the blueliner avoids potential arbitration as a restricted free agent this summer. The Ontario native struggled to break into the lineup with Tampa Bay, but found minutes much easier to come by in the Windy City, where he saw action in 22 games and averaged 16:27 of ice time. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't be banking on Koekkoek logging over 20 minutes per game, yet he could still provide decent mid-range fantasy value in deeper formats.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Anton Wedin: Moves to NHL with Chicago
Wedin has signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Chicago is hoping for the 26-year-old Wedin to make an immediate impact next season. The 5-foot-11 winger recorded 14 goals and 27 points in 32 games with Timra IK of the SHL in Sweden this past season.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Tim Soderlund: Signs entry-level contract
Soderlund put pen to paper on a three-year, entry-level deal with Chicago on Monday.
Soderlund -- who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft -- managed just 14 points in 48 games in the SHL this season, but apparently showed the club enough to warrant a three-year contract. The 21-year-old is a long shot to see ice time with the Blackhawks in 2019-20, but could make the move to North America and link up with AHL Rockford, though he could also continue developing in his native Sweden.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Mikael Hakkarainen: Secures entry-level deal
Hakkarainen inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blackhawks on Monday.
Hakkarainen notched 47 points in 42 games with the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL last season. The center was set to join Providence College this year, but opted to instead continue playing in the USHL and will now make the jump to the professional ranks. The 21-year-old figures to spend some time in the minors with AHL Rockford before getting a look at the 23-man roster with the Hawks.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Nick Moutrey: Inks one-year deal with IceHogs
Moutrey signed a one-year deal with AHL Rockford on Monday.
The deal will keep Moutrey in Rockford through 2019-20. Last season, the 23-year-old managed a goal and four assists in 49 games with the IceHogs but has yet to appear in an NHL game to this point in his career.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Patrick Kane: Gets peer nomination for great play
Kane has earned a Ted Lindsay Award nomination for most outstanding player as voted by his peers, reports TSN.ca.
He's up against Nikita Kucherov and Connor McDavid, who finished one-two in league scoring. Kane finished third with 110 points and actually was the best goal scorer of the three with 44 snipes. The award is presented by the NHL Players Association.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Kris Versteeg: Signs AHL contract for 2019-20
Versteeg signed a one-year contract with AHL Rockford on Monday.
Versteeg appeared in 643 games over an 11-year NHL career, spending time with the Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Flyers, Hurricanes, Panthers, Kings and finally, the Flames. Most recently, the 32-year-old vet split time between Avangard Omsk of the KHL and the Vaxjo Lakers of the SHL, playing for both clubs during the 2018-19 season.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Jacob Nilsson: Inks one-year extension
Nilsson agreed to terms on a one-year, $700,000 contract extension with the Blackhawks on Friday.
Nilsson's extension will keep him with the Blackhawks organization through the 2019-20 season. The 25-year-old forward posted solid numbers in 2018-19, notching 32 points in 61 AHL appearances, but there's no reason to believe he'll be able to secure a regular role with the big club anytime soon.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Kevin Lankinen: Will represent Team Finland
Lankinen was named to Team Finland's preliminary roster for the IIHF World Championship on Wednesday.
Lankinen likely won't start any games for Finland and may not even make the final roster, but the fact that he was named to the team at all is an encouraging development for his future. Collin Delia will likely join the Blackhawks full time in 2019-20 as Corey Crawford's backup, giving Lankinen a clear path to take over as AHL Rockford's starter.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Henri Jokiharju: Named to Team Finland
Jokiharju was named to Team Finland's preliminary roster for the World Championship on Wednesday.
Jokiharju had a solid start to his rookie campaign in 2018-19, notching 12 assists in 38 appearances with the big club, but the Blackhawks ultimately decided to ship him to the minors midway through the season in order to aid his development. The 2017 first-round pick will almost certainly have a full-time role with Chicago in 2019-20, and he could be tasked with quarterbacking the team's top power-play unit, making him a player to keep an eye on heading into fantasy drafts.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger: Headed to IIHF World Championships
Kruger is expected to represent Team Sweden at the upcoming IIHF World Championships, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Kruger, who notched 12 points in 74 games this campaign, won't provide much offense for Team Sweden, but he'll be an invaluable member of the squad as a veteran leader and penalty-killing specialist.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Kevin Lankinen: Heads back to minors
The Blackhawks reassigned Lankinen to AHL Rockford on Sunday.
Lankinen was recalled to serve as Cam Ward's backup while Corey Crawford nursed a groin injury. The 23-year-old netminder will likely serve as Collin Delia's backup as AHL Rockford makes a push for the playoffs.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Cam Ward: Sees barrage of shots in loss
Ward allowed four goals on 49 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Predators on Saturday.
Everything was looking good early for the veteran goaltender, who held a 2-0 lead after the first period. Then everything went south, as the Predators posted 36 shots and five goals in the final two periods. Despite this loss, Ward still posted a strong second half, going 9-4-0 after Jan. 21. Even with the hot streak at the end, though, Ward still had some of the worst overall numbers of his career. He went 16-12-4 with a 3.69 GAA and .897 save percentage in 33 games during 2018-19.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Kevin Lankinen: Promoted to parent club
Lankinen was recalled from AHL Rockford on Saturday.
With Corey Crawford (groin) riding the pine in Chicago's season finale, Lankinen will serve as the backup behind Cam Ward. The Finn holds a 7-7-4 record while posting a 2.47 GAA and .911 save percentage in the minors this season.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Not in lineup for finale
Crawford (groin) won't suit up for Saturday's game versus the Predators, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Crawford hurt his groin in Friday's game versus the Stars, so the Blackhawks don't want to risk further injury. Kevin Lankinen will serve as the backup to Cam Ward. Crawford will end the season with a .908 save percentage, a 2.93 GAA and a 14-18-5 record.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Cam Ward: Starting in Nashville
Ward will defend the blue paint in Saturday's road matchup with the Predators, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Ward was forced into action unexpectedly Friday against Dallas after Corey Crawford suffered a groin injury, and he performed admirably, turning aside 25 of 26 shots en route to a convincing 6-1 victory. The veteran netminder will look to stay sharp and end the season on a high note by securing his 17th win of the campaign in a road matchup with a Nashville team that's only averaging 2.83 goals per game at home in 2018-19, 25th in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Philipp Kurashev: Makes professional debut
Kurashev made his professional debut in AHL Rockford's 2-1 loss to Texas on Friday.
He finished the contest scoreless to go along with a minus-1 rating. A fourth-round selection of Chicago in 2018, Kurashev had a breakout season. He played brilliantly for his native Switzerland at the World Junior Championship and was equally effective (29 goals, 65 points in 59 games) for his QMJHL club in Quebec. Kurashev signed his entry-level contract with the Blackhawks in early March.... See More ... See Less
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