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When discussing a rebuild, whichever sport you may be talking about, the assumption is the roster will be made up of some veterans and a bunch of kids. This summer, as we projected which prospects might be getting a look with the Blackhawks in 2022-23, we made the same assumptions. However, if you read the tea leaves of the preseason,…...

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The Blackhawks played their second preseason game in as many nights on Wednesday night, and despite being significantly “out-talented” when comparing lineups, they emerged with a 4-2 win in Detroit. Here are some ‘Hawks Hits’ from the win. A Glimpse into the Future With the score tied 1-1 in the first period, Kevin Korchinski picked up the puck in the...

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That’s a bit more like it. After losing Game One of the Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase 5-2 on Thursday, the Blackhawks responded with a solid 5-0 victory over the Wild at Fifth Third Arena on Sunday. Here are three observations from the action: 1. Lukas Reichel and Kevin Korchinski are on a different level It’s good (and expected) that first-round...

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Every Wednesday during the offseason, the CHGO Blackhawks crew will give their evaluations of the 2021-22 Blackhawks. We’ll be using our “feather system.” Four feathers = an A, three feathers = a B, and so on. This week, we’re reviewing the Blackhawks two biggest stars, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Stats via NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick Patrick Kane Analysis...

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“As soon as you guys hired Luke Richardson as your head coach, I called my agent and said, ‘Hey, I want to go to Chicago.” Those are the words of Max Domi, who met the Chicago media for the first time since signing with the Blackhawks on the first day of free agency earlier this month. “Luke is one of...

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The news broke on Friday that the Blackhawks have hired Luke Richardson to lead their rebuild and be their new head coach. Richardson has been in the NHL since the early ’80s, but this is his first head coaching job at hockey’s highest level. Here are five things to know about Chicago’s new leader. 1. Richardson played in 1,417 NHL games over 21 seasons Richardson played for six NHL teams. during his long career: Toronto from 1987-91, Edmonton from 1991-97, Philadelphia from 1997-2002, Columbus from 2002-06 (then back to Toronto for the end of 2006), Tampa Bay from 2006-07, and finally Ottawa from 2007-09. Richardson, now 53, was known as a solid stay-at-home defender who played with a physical edge.…

Every Wednesday throughout the offseason, the CHGO Blackhawks crew will give their evaluations of the 2021-22 Blackhawks. We’ll be using our “feather system.” Four feathers = an A, three feathers = a B, and so on. This week, we’re reviewing the seasons of the newest Blackhawks, Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh, both of whom were acquired in the Brandon Hagel...

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Every Wednesday throughout the offseason, the CHGO Blackhawks crew will give their evaluations of the 2021-22 Blackhawks. We’ll be using our “feather system.” Four feathers = an A, three feathers = a B, and so on. This week, we’re reviewing the seasons of forward Alex DeBrincat and defenseman Calvin de Haan. Stats via Natural Stat Trick and Hockey-Reference.com Alex DeBrincat...

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Every Wednesday throughout the offseason, the CHGO Blackhawks crew will give their evaluations of the 2021-22 Blackhawks. We’ll be using our “feather system.” Four feathers = an A, three feathers = a B, and so on. This week, we’re reviewing the seasons of forward Kirby Dach and defenseman Erik Gustafsson. stats via Natural Stat Trick Kirby Dach Analysis Jay Zawaski:...

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