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DRAFT: Previewing the top defensemen

As part of our 2018 NHL Draft coverage, chicagoblackhawks.com breaks down the best of the available defensemen

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The NHL Draft is right around the corner as the 31 franchises will converge in Dallas June 22-23 to select the future of the sport. Get to know the top draft eligible prospects with our chicagoblackhawks.com positional previews. We begin with some of the top defensemen available, using scout rankings, mock drafts and information gathered from draft prognosticators.

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PROSPECTS: Playoffs week five report

by Rockford IceHogs Media Relations / icehogs.com

The Rockford IceHogs snapped a seven-game win streak and four-game road win streak with back-to-back losses at the Texas Stars. The Hogs have yet to win in regulation at Texas this season, posting a shootout victory and three losses in four trips to the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Rockford is now 7-2 this postseason and 3-6 all-time in the playoffs against the Texas Stars.

The IceHogs converted on the power play in both Game 1 and Game 2 against Texas. Rockford has now scored at least one power-play goal in each of its first eight playoff games, and enters the week ranked first in both power-play goals (17) and power-play efficiency (34.7 percent). Overall, the IceHogs have scored on the man-advantage in 10 straight games, and boast 30 power-play goals over the last 22 games since March 17.

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PROSPECTS: Rockford downed by Stars in Game 2

by Rockford IceHogs Media Relations / icehogs.com

Curtis McKenzie scored at 10:46 of overtime to lift the Texas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Rockford IceHogs in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Sunday night. The Stars now take a 2-0 series lead on the road as the series shifts to Rockford for Tuesday's Game 3, where the IceHogs are 3-0 in the postseason.

McKenzie pounced on a loose puck in front of the Rockford net, knocking it out of midair and past Collin Delia to seal Texas' win on its seventh power-play opportunity. The goal was McKenzie's fourth overall of the playoffs, and third game-winner.

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RELEASE: Blackhawks agree to terms with four players

Included are former draft pick Lucas Carlsson and current Rockford IceHog Darren Raddysh

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Dominik Kahun (kuh-HOON), defensemen Lucas Carlsson and Darren Raddysh and goaltender Kevin Lankinen (LAHNK-ih-nehn). Kahun, Lankinen and Raddysh signed two-year contracts that run through the 2019-20 season and Carlsson agreed to a three-year contract that will expire after the 2020-21 campaign.

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THREE THINGS: Get to know Kevin Lankinen

Here are three things to know about the Blackhawks latest goalie signing

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Chicago has inked goaltender Kevin Lankinen to a two-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season.

Here are three things to know about the 23-year-old Finnish netminder.

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THREE THINGS: Get to know Dominik Kahun

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed forward Dominik Kahun to an entry-level contract

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Dominik Kahun to a two-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season. Here are three things to know about the forward.

1. Czech born, German raised

Kahun was born in Plan, Czech Republic in 1995, but his family moved to Germany when he was a child. He has since become a staple of German hockey at the international level. He's represented Deutschland at various levels throughout his career, from World Juniors to World Championships and the Olympics. He's spent the past four seasons in Munich.

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BLOG: Kane named Most Valuable Player at Worlds

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was named the most valuable player at the IIHF World Championship following the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday. He is the first ever U.S. player to be named MVP in tournament history.

Tweet from @usahockey: #TeamUSA captain @88PKane earned Most Valuable Player and Media All-Star Team honors at the #2018MWC after leading all skaters with 20 points (8G, 12A) in 10 games. ������ https://t.co/3jhf05pOOy pic.twitter.com/rN7oj2Esb3

Kane, who was named captain for Team USA prior to play beginning on May 4, led all skaters in points (20) and shared the lead for assists (12). Both his point and assist totals set single tournament records for the United States.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Scoring leader and MVP - Patrick @88PKane of @USAHockey & @NHLBlackhawks had a great #IIHFWorlds! Watch his highlights here. All award winners: https://t.co/5usRigVYNA pic.twitter.com/PNvp9E1Y1g

He also was named to the Media All-Star Team after leading Team USA to an 8-2-0 record and a bronze medal after a 4-1 win over Canada on Sunday morning.

Kane, who was also joined on the United States roster by Alex DeBrincat, Connor Murphy and Jordan Oesterle, was part of a U.S. team that tied the record for single tournament wins.

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BLOG: Rockford falls in overtime

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Rockford IceHogs are now down 2-0 in the Western Conference Final of the Calder Cup Playoffs following a 3-2 loss in overtime to the Texas Stars on Sunday evening.

John Hayden opened the game's scoring in the first period to give the IceHogs a 1-0 lead.

After the Stars went ahead with back-to-back goals, Chris DiDomenico scored on the power play in the second frame to tie the game at two and eventually send it to overtime.

Collin Delia made 34 saves in the loss.

The best-of-seven series will resume in Rockford on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT.

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BLOG: Worlds Update - May 20

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

Team USA earned a bronze medal in the IIHF World Championship with a 4-1 win over Canada on Sunday morning.

Tweet from @usahockey: #TeamUSA won eight of 10 games en route to bronze at the #2018MWC ���� pic.twitter.com/h52hzJR3mF

Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat helped break the scoreless tie with an assist in the second period on a Chris Kreider goal to put the United States up 1-0.

The Canadians would answer to even the game, but in the third frame of play Nick Bonino lit the lamp on a Patrick Kane pass on what would be the bronze-winning goal.

DeBrincat finished the tilt with one points and three shots on goal in 13:59 of time on ice.

Kane paced Team USA with six shots on goal, with one helper in 25:51 of TOI.

Connor Murphy finished the game +1 with two shots on goal in 12:27 of play.

Jordan Oesterle did not play.

Kane, captain for the United States, was named one of the top-three players for the team through tournament action.

Tweet from @usahockey: #TeamUSA���s top players of the #2018MWC ������ @CamAtkinson13, @88PKane & @Blockaid1. ���� pic.twitter.com/f5fV9Z2CmM

Final Tournament Stats

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BLOG: World's Update - May 19

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

Team USA suffered a 6-0 loss to Sweden on Saturday morning in the semifinal of the IIHF World Championship.

The loss was the first time the United States has been held scoreless throughout their nine tournament games.

Patrick Kane finished the tilt with three shots on goal in 22:02 of time on ice, Connor Murphy added two shots on goal for Team USA in 16:48 of TOI, and Alex DeBrincat did not register a shot in his 13:37 of play.

Jordan Oesterle and Erik Gustafsson did not play in the game.

The United States will take on the loser of Canada and Switzerland's semifinal matchup in a third-place game on Sunday morning at 8:45 a.m. CT. Sweden will take on the winner in the championship at 12:45 p.m.

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