World junior camps are approaching and some teams are getting excellent news already. Most recently, Canada found out that New York Rangers rookie Anthony Duclair will be loaned out, giving the host nation another speedy and dangerous offensive weapon in its arsenal. Finland must be happy that Dallas gave its blessing for Julius Honka to return, while Washington’s Andre Burakovsky is still a wait-and-see for Sweden. In the meantime, here are some of the other top prospects making noise in the hockey world.
The Chicago Blackhawks have been built so well that it’s sometimes tough for young kids to crack the roster. But one player who has made a big impression over the past few years is left winger Brandon Saad, who already has a Stanley Cup to his name and at 22, still has room to grow into a dominant player in the NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks are playing so well lately that Patrick Sharp was demoted to third-line duty. His indiscretion? Well, he got injured a month ago and the Blackhawks can’t find a place for him on their top two lines at the moment.
Sharp is lucky he can find a place at all when the Blackhawks visit the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night. The Blackhawks have won six straight and nine of their past 10 and are beginning to look like the Stanley Cup champion we picked them to be at the beginning of this season. It should come as no surprise that the Blackhawks are the top team in thn.com’s weekly Power Rankings. (Last week’s ranking in parentheses.)
No other goaltender in NHL history can lay claim to a record number of saves on the ice and then produce one of the most extraordinary saves of all-time at sea.
Sam LoPresti made his big-league saves for the Chicago Black Hawks and his even harder-to-believe save for the U.S. Navy. First, let’s start with the ice part of this saga that truly strains credulity. Read more
It’d be hard to imagine a season in which there have been stranger injuries than 2014-15. Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford’s lower body injury simply adds to that list.
Crawford missed practice Tuesday with what was reported to be a lower body injury. On Wednesday, coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks starting goaltender would be sidelined for at least two weeks, possibly longer.
Shortly after Quenneville revealed the severity of the goaltenders injury, Crawford spoke to the media, saying that the injury was sustained while at a concert. Read more
While anticipation over possible moves by the floundering Edmonton Oilers dominates the NHL rumor mill, others clubs could become active in the trade market between now and the NHL Christmas trade freeze, which commences at midnight on December 19.
CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli would like to add “heaviness” to his roster to bolster his club’s size and strength on the puck. In a recent response to reader e-mail regarding possible trade targets, Haggerty lists Winnipeg’s Evander Kane and Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle as options, though the asking price could be more than the Bruins are willing to pay. Read more
Boy, would a playoff series between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks be fun. The two teams got together for a matinee game on Friday and it’s nearly impossible to contain the highlights to a single page. Here are two of the best.
The first clip comes from the first period. As the Ducks broke through center ice, Ryan Kesler got the puck and cut into the middle of the ice in the Blackhawks zone, and gets absolutely crushed in open ice by defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. Before he got hit, however, Kesler moved the puck to Patrick Maroon who unleashed a shot that bounced off the glass behind goaltender Corey Crawford. Then, Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm showed off some hand-eye coordination: Read more
If it were up to Chris Chelios, he never would have left the Chicago Blackhawks.
In his new book, titled Made In America, Chelios goes into detail about the trade that sent him from his hometown Blackhawks to the rival Detroit Red Wings. With former stars Ed Belfour and Jeremy Roenick gone, it was the Blackhawks struggles of 1998-99 that rumors about Chelios began. Read more