Friday, June 26, 2009

Dylan Olsen

Yay, a defenseman! I will be excited to see Dylan this season and how he develops his game in college. GO HAWKS!!!

The jury is still out on Havlat...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fear not, Havlat fans.

For his Twitter readeth:
"Everyone should know I am only thinking about signing with Chicago. It's where I want to be." from web

Of course, we know things happen if we have to free up some money. But I think Marti's staying. He is a HUGE asset to our team.

In unrelated news, check out Nick Friedell's blog. It's an interview with Pat Kane about being the youngest player to appear on the cover of EA Sports NHL10. Pretty entertaining. I am not, however, comforted by the fact that he admits he is sleeping in 'til noon everyday and eating like crap. Hopefully, he'll be able to get back in shape for next season. But again, he's just a kid of 20 enjoying a summer in which his face is plastered on his favorite video game. Not bad, Patrick.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Possible First Round Pick

Who will the Hawks pick in the first round? Mark Kelley, the Blackhawks scouting guru, says that we would like to go for depth, but picking a big forward couldn't hurt. Adding some depth to our roster would be great. It's possible with more talent to pull from, we could have eeked out a best of 7 against Detroit in the Conference Finals this year. Detroit's roster certainly is one of the largest in the league. (Hey, when you push Old Man Chelios out there on the ice in the playoffs, you know you have depth.) Speaking of rosters, I thought that the league rules stated a limit of 23 active players on the roster? Detroit has 29. Hmm. Maybe it's some post-trade-day allowance. Another blog topic for another day.

NHL.com's analysts have done a mock draft to post their picks for each team in the first round. (Don't you wish you could get paid for doing this??) Brad Holland and Adam Kimelman seem to agree that the Blackhawks will choose Louis Leblanc. Here's the dirt:

NHL Draft: Louis Leblanc Profile

He's a strong forward who has been playing with the Omaha Lancers in the USHL, and who has commited to Harvard for next year. Come on, man, Harvard? Okay, so you're smart. Harvard may be good, but they're not even in the top 20. Michigan State, Boston University, these I would accept. But Harvard? Nay, Louis. Come play for the Hawks.

Rookie of the year is the USHL and overall draft rank of 13 among North American skaters? Yea, not a bad pick. We'll see if he's still around to be picked 28th on Friday.

I'll leave you with 5 fun facts about Louis from nhl.com:


Dude, you misspelled Jim Carrey. Harvard, indeed.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Opening Thoughts

I would open with my background, why I'm starting this blog, blahblahblah. But who wants to hear that? You're here for hockey! Here are today's thoughts:
  • NHL Awards: Would have been great if Versteeg won the Calder, but two Blackhawks being rookie of the year back to back is a bit of a stretch.
  • NHL Draft: I'm currently doing some research on some of the newcomers. Picking 28th is no picnic, but I'd rather pick last in the draft than have a crappy season. I think we've all had enough of that.
  • Blackhawks Convention: I would love to go, but I guess I'll have to keep up via Twitter.

I'm headed out to Bdubs to grab some wings and beer. Maybe Rory (our local Buzztime champion) will kick my ass again. And maybe the Reds won't blow a lead again. Maybe.