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  2. 2018 development camp roster

    also, boqvist doesn't have near the good looks as stalberg.
  3. Toews

    We will become competitive for a cup much sooner than 2022-2023.
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    No offense but that's a terrible comparison, both guys can really skate and they're Swedish but Boqvists hands can keep up with his speed, Stalberg couldn't, plus Stalberg had a terrible attitude.
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  6. 2018 development camp roster

    went to scrimmage today its was a good time first time i have not seen Q there. some thoughts first on Boqvist there is something special there a great pass on one of the goal then few min later stoped behind his own net as to set up break out and had puck taken right from him. he will need work on his d. i liked From seemed to always be making the right decisions dont know if there is enough top end talent there. also to let you guys know it was 5 on 5 for the first 4 on 4 for the second and 5 on 5 for the third. soderlund played with From and looked good but another 5 9 guy. Mitchell looked good also , as did Tuulola. Next Fortin I'm a big fan but, he did not look good when i saw him in Rockford at the scrimmage he looked like the most talented player there but it seems he forgets there 4 other guys out there he has the speed and the skill hoping he can put it together. Sat next to Connor Moynihams parents always the best part of camp, proud parents watching there son, he aslo came close to putting one in that would have been great. Enthisle and Wise also looked good, hard to get a good read on the bigger boys because scrimmage was alot of end to end play.
  7. Yesterday
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    edit: oops....irmaks beat me to it.
  9. Toews

    The league is so water downed its very hard to predict the future, but realistically 2022-2023 we may see the changes that we are going through now come to life.
  10. 2018 development camp roster

    hoping so too. he was a big name a couple years ago and injuries seem to have set him back. hope he makes some noise in camp this fall.
  11. Toews

    I think you’re being a little to wishful. In 2-3 years I’m not sure a team full of rookies is gonna compete for the Cup anytime soon. Remember, only 15% of draft picks actually make it, that goes for the Hawks too. So it usually takes about 5-6 years before a team can compete for a Cup. Just like when the Hawks took Seabrook in 2003 and Keith in 2002, that’s when the Org was loading up on Dmen, and they contended for a Cup in 2009 and then won in 2010. I see the same type thing happening here. The Dmen won’t be ready to be the horse needed for a playoff run for 5-6 years, and by then we will be picking 1st overall with a team of young Dmen and not many top end forwards to carry the team. Unless Stan hits on a 25% clip over the next 3 years, this is the likely scenario!!!
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    Can’t say that I disagree about Fortin, he looked really good at the scrimmage today, but I was already a fan. Hopefully, he stays healthy and continues to improve and develop. Really nice kid too.
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    They were probably tidbits 😊
  14. 2018 development camp roster

    ^^ Thanks for the link. Those were interesting snippets about some of the prospects. Or were they nuggets?
  15. If rough start, who is first to go?

    Neither. The Blackhawks are in a full out rebuild and everyone knows it. We need to give it 2 years, before they compete for the Stanley Cup again.
  16. Toews

    Even if he s done, I would n't worry to much about Crawford. What does he have left on his contact 2 or 3 years? By the time his contract expires, the Blackhawks will hopefully have a team capable of compete for the Stanley Cup again. Until then it is all bout the draft and accumulating as much excellent young talent as they can.
  17. You Be The Gm 2018/2019

    The rebuild goes on. Hopefully in about 2 years the Blackhawks will be ready to compete for the Stanley Cup again!
  18. 2018 development camp roster

    Pretty good read about camp for those who wasn't able to be there. Seems like future as not as bad as some of posters are trying to convince everyone https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/blackhawks/12-takeaways-blackhawks-prospect-camp-evaluating-adam-boqvist-and-henri-jokiharju?amp
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    Apparently Mitchell had similar thoughts, at least for a little while. There was an article in the Athletic dated March 29, 2018 about Mitchell returning to Denver U. for his sophomore year. It mentioned Mitchell himself said he had spoken to the Hawks about signing but both sides decided it would be better for him to return to school for this upcoming season. It sounds like there's a good chance he will be signed next offseason.
  20. Toews

    I think Toews' issue was his abysmal shooting percentage and not lack of opportunity. It's not like Toews wasn't shooting the puck last year. He put up the second highest shot total of his career. The team and coaching staff knows that they need more production out of him and I think Kruger gives them the ability to free him of some responsibilities that hinder it. Last year he was really the only center capable of playing both ends of the ice, and now that won't be the case.
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    As far as Boqvist, I believe he was drafted by London in the import draft, so they own his rights if he chooses to come over. My guess is that Brynas is probably the best jr team in Sweden and there’s no competition like the the OHL. Plus his parents/agent/Hawks all had discussed at the draft that this would be best for him. They asked him at the draft where he was playing, he said he had a one year contract with Brynas in Sweden so he expected to play there. So they probably discussed and took a couple weeks and decided it was better overall for his development, and it is. As far as Mitchell goes, I believe we’ll see him for the WJC over the holidays, he’s a phenomenal skater and he’s really got a good hockey IQ, probably not NHL IQ but it’ll get there over the next couple years, I know they’re only numbers, but 30 points in 41 games in the NCAA is not that bad for a rookie Dman. I feel it’s best for him to make the jump to the AHL, as I feel the NCAA won’t provide what he needs next year, but if he does go back next year, that should be it!!!
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    got something big.
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    I appreciate your comments about Mitchell. I don't know if it was due to being a 2nd rd. pick and/or being overshadowed by Jokiharju, but Mitchell seemed to get a little bit overlooked when people would talk about the future of the Hawks D and the young D prospects. I didn't know much at all about him except he was a smallish size, and wanted to learn more about him so a couple of months ago I searched for articles about him; sort of a combo of a scouting report and eyeball observations. I think the article may have been from SBNation. I do remember the person said some very good things about Mitchell and I do recall he thought Mitchell had the ability and potential to become a good second pairing d-man. He did mention his good skating and agility and that he saw the ice well. On Boqvist coming over this season to play for London; I'm curious if the Hawks suggested it to him as good for his development or if Boqvist himself had been considering it and brought it up first. I wouldn't be surprised if the Hawks were the ones that mentioned the idea. I'm guessing playing in the OHL will a good measuring stick for Boqvist.
  24. 2017 IceHogs

    Jardine spent most of last year playing for the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL, but did end up getting called as a Black Ace for the Toronto Marlies Calder Cup run, and can be seen celebrating with them on the ice after they won. He's actually the one who handed off the Calder Cup to another former Hog, Kyle Baun, as they were passing around the Calder Cup celebrating. Sam is a sweetheart, I've seen him a few times since his departure from Rockford and he still remembers me and is always willing to have a chat (I love catching up with former Hogs when they return to town, especially the ones that I got the chance to know). It'd be nice if they were all like that, most of them are, but unfortunately Matt Tomkins is of the other variety. And I am absolutely kidding about the Buckeye thing, you're just talking to a former Illini so I had to take the shot lol P.S., just FYI: My favorite current and former Hogs, based on them being good people: Kyle Baun, Ben Smith, Sam Jardine, Dennis Rasmussen, Pat Mullane, and some up and comers because I'm still getting to know them: Luke Johnson, Nathan Noel Kyle Baun is my favorite all-time, but I will always tell people that Ben Smith is truthfully the nicest person that I have ever met (not just as a hockey player). My least favorite current and former Hogs, because they are absolutely horrible people: Matt Tomkins, Theo Peckham, Matt Carey Peckham was a womanizing drug addict and Matt Carey could just be straight-up rude to people (especially fans) for no reason. We have have far more of the good ones, and I could continue the list, but I had to end it somewhere. The list of my top 5 are all ones who went above and beyond to show that they were genuinely good people in addition to being good at hockey (coincidentally the first three I listed were all on the Marlies this year).
  25. Toews

    With the western teams getting better, majority in the central I can’t see the Hawks getting out of the sellar this season with the current lineup. By Christmas I can see majority of the players throwing in the towel. Let’s hope I am wrong.
  26. You Be The Gm 2018/2019

    I guess that is the plan, I have a feeling Hayden will be lost in the mix, be a 4th liner at best and they send him down and we won’t here much about him.
  27. Share Season Tix/Find Partners

    i had the hull plan since they started....and now season tix.....and i have never seen so many available and even mikita plans are there also....which we havent seen for a few years
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