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Blackhawks' Taige Harding: Big defender goes 91st at '21 draft
Harding was drafted 91st overall by the Blackhawks at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
Harding was passed over in his first year of draft eligibility, but Chicago couldn't resist the 6-foot-7, 237-pound defensive monster this time around. His offense took a big jump in 2020-21, although that's hardly a surprise -- Harding would tower over the 16 and 17 year-old babes in the AJHL (Jr. A). He's headed to Providence and hopefully his game settles into a simple crease-clearing approach. Harding will struggle in the NHL with the speed and skill of today's stars, but a third-pairing, PK speciality is possible in the future.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Colton Dach: Joins brother in Chicago
Dach was drafted 62nd overall by the Blackhawks at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
The draft wouldn't have been complete if the Blackhawks didn't reunite the Dach brothers. Dach, the No. 6 overall selection in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft by Saskatoon, was a bit over-hyped from the very start because his older brother Kirby also played for the Blades and has since turned into a very good NHL prospect/player. Colton is about the same size as his brother (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) and can create havoc in the offensive zone, but he is a dreadful skater who struggles with pace and the ability to make plays off the rush. Dach appears ticketed for a specialized role unless his speed improves. Those type of players are always risky.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Nolan Allan: Bottom-pair defender drafted 32nd
Allan was drafted 32nd overall by the Blackhawks at the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday.
Allan is a bit of an old-school defender for today's NHL. But when deployed correctly, a slow-footed, physical penalty-kill specialist can solidify the bottom pairing. Don't get us wrong -- Allan can move the puck at an NHL level. It's just that he'll never be known for his offensive skills. He's a classic better-on-the-ice-than-in-the-fantasy-arena guy.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Seth Jones: Headed to Windy City
Jones was traded from the Blue Jackets to the Blackhawks on Friday, ESPN's Emily Kaplan reports.
The exact return is pending but is expected to include defenseman Adam Boqvist and multiple draft picks. Jones is expected to sign a new massive contract extension, rumored to be eight years and $76 million, when first eligible this coming Wednesday. Jones was fully expected to be traded after informing Columbus management he would not be re-signing with the club when his contract was due to expire next summer, but it's the massive extension that is the big story here. Jones' younger brother Caleb was dealt from Edmonton to Chicago in the Duncan Keith trade earlier this month and it seems quite likely that played some role in Seth's decision to sign a new long-term deal. On the ice, Jones is coming off one of his worst seasons to date. In 56 games with the Jackets in 2020-21, Jones posted five goals, 28 points, and a minus-18 rating, but he logs a ton of minutes and is still just 26 years old. This is a calculated risk for a Chicago club that badly needed an influx of talent on its blue line.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Caleb Jones: Headed to Chicago
Jones was traded by the Oilers to the Blackhawks, along with a third-round draft pick, for Duncan Keith on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Jones hasn't done much offensively in parts of three NHL campaigns, producing just 19 points across 93 games from 2018-21. The 24-year-old Texas native also received a career-low 13:36 of average ice time last year, so his fantasy needle is pointing down as he looks set to battle for a bottom-pairing spot on the Chicago blue line come September.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews: Preparing for 2021-22
Toews -- who acknowledged he was sidelined with CERS -- has begun preparing for the 2021-22 season and fully intends on returning to action, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Fantasy players in dynasty formats who hung on to Toews throughout the previous season will be encouraged by this latest news. If given the all-clear, the 33-year-old center should retake his spot on the first line and No. 1 power play and figures to get back over the 20-goal threshold this year, a mark he has missed just once in his 13-year NHL career.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Jakub Pour: Signs entry-level deal
Pour signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Blackhawks on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old winger put up 16 points in 48 contests with HC Plzen in the Czech league during the 2020-21 campaign. Pour's deal runs through the 2022-23 season. He has some familiarity with Blackhawks winger Dominik Kubalik, who played with Plzen in 2017-18.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Lukas Reichel: Signs entry-level deal
Reichel signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Chicago selected Reichel with the 17th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The 19-year-old forward spent the 2020-21 campaign with Eisbaren Berlin of Germany's DEL, racking up 10 goals and 27 points through 38 contests. At this point it isn't clear if he'll make the transition to North American hockey in 2021-22, but if he does, Reichel will likely spend the majority of the season with AHL Rockford.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Arvid Soderblom: Signs with Chicago
Soderblom signed a two-year contract with the Blackhawks on Thursday.
Soderblom spent the 2020-21 campaign with Skelleftea AIK of the SHL, going 13-8-0 while posting an admirable 2.03 GAA and .922 save percentage. He'll likely begin the 2021-22 season with AHL Rockford.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Alexander Nylander: Will be ready for training camp
According to general manager Stan Bowman, Nylander (knee) will be "fully healed and ready to go by training camp," Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Bowman also noted that he and the Blackhawks still see Nylander as a "real asset" for the team moving forward. The 23-year-old forward missed the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign after undergoing surgery in late December to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee, but he was decent for Chicago in 2019-20, notching 10 goals, 26 points and 94 shots in 65 contests. Nylander will compete for a spot in the Blackhawks' top six during next season's training camp.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews: Status for next season uncertain
When asked about Toews (undisclosed) on Wednesday, general manager Stan Bowman said "I talked to Jonathan a couple weeks ago. He's doing well. We talked for 15-20 minutes about our team and non-hockey stuff... We're hopeful he'll be back, but we're going to let it play out and we'll see. It's unchartered waters here," Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Toews missed the entirety of the 2020-21 season due to an undisclosed issue, and the Blackhawks still have yet to release any details regarding the specific reason for his absence. At this point Toews' status for the 2021-22 campaign remains up in the air, but additional updates should presumably surface ahead of next year's training camp.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' John Quenneville: Sent back to AHL Rockford
Quenneville was assigned to AHL Rockford on Tuesday, per CapFriendly.
Quenneville didn't draw into an NHL game this season. He's played 42 contests over the past four campaigns, but at 25 years old, he's likely aged out of being considered a high-quality prospect.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Evan Barratt: Sent down Tuesday
Barratt was assigned to AHL Rockford on Tuesday, per CapFriendly.
Barratt didn't play in either of the Blackhawks' final two games of the season. The 22-year-old center could challenge for a roster spot in 2021-22, but he'd likely be limited to bottom-six duties.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Cam Morrison: Back to minors
Morrison was assigned to AHL Rockford on Tuesday, per CapFriendly.
Morrison didn't make his NHL debut while with the Blackhawks' taxi squad. The 22-year-old winger will likely compete for a roster spot in training camp.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Henrik Borgstrom: Agrees to terms with Chicago
According to a source, Borgstrom has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Blackhawks, Scott Powers of The Athletice reports.
The Blackhawks acquired Borgstrom's rights in a trade with the Panthers in April, but until now, he was unsigned for the 2021-22 campaign and beyond. The 23rd overall pick from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft spent the entirety of the 2020-21 season with HIFK of Finland's Liiga, picking up 11 goals and 21 points in 30 games. He'll compete for a spot on Chicago's 23-man roster during next year's training camp.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Collin Delia: Sees plenty of pucks in finale
Delia stopped 45 of 50 shots in Monday's 5-4 overtime loss to Dallas.
The 26-year-old drew the starting assignment for Chicago's season finale and turned in his best single-game saves total since January of 2019, though he was unable to nail down a trio of two-goal leads. Delia made six appearances (five starts) in 2020-21, going 1-3-1 with a 3.59 GAA and .902 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Pius Suter: Two points in finale
Suter had a goal and an assist with three shots and two blocks Monday in a 5-4 overtime loss to Dallas.
Suter struck just 1:24 into the game, giving Chicago an early 2-0 lead on a wrister from the right faceoff circle. He had drawn an assist on Alex DeBrincat's tally just 29 seconds earlier. The 24-year-old rookie, who closed out the season with points in three straight games, had 14 goals and 13 assists in 55 contests.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Dylan Strome: Finishes year on high note
Strome collected a goal and an assist with two shots in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Stars.
Strome came into the night without a goal in his previous nine contests, but he put an end to that late in the second period, finishing off a perfectly executed 2-on-0 rush with Vinnie Hinostroza. He also drew an assist on Pius Suter's first-period tally. Strome broke out with 51 points in 58 games after being acquired by Chicago in 2018-19, but he produced just 38 points in the same number of games last season before dipping to 17 in 40 contests in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
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