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FEATURE: Kahun showing his quickness and skill in Traverse City

In preparation for training camp, Chicago Blackhawks summer signing Dominik Kahun is playing well on the smaller ice at the Prospects Tournament

by Chris Wescott /

Quickness is the name of Dominik Kahun's game.

"He's like a water bug for me," said Chicago Blackhawks Vice President of Hockey Operations and Team Affiliates Mark Bernard. "He stops and starts on pucks, he does all the right things, he's got a quick stick, makes quick decisions, he sees the ice very well."

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"The speed is very high at this tournament, but that's good," said Kahun. "I like that (faster) game. It's my game to be fast. I'm excited."

Kahun has been a noticeable addition to the Blackhawks rookie roster here at the 2018 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich. Darting up and down the ice, Kahun has shown quick movement with the puck along with good closing speed without it.

"I feel better and better every game," said Kahun. "It's very different on the small ice than the big ice, but I think it will be better and better every game. (Our line) made some good plays on Friday, but on (Saturday) we dominated. We just want to keep going."

On Saturday afternoon against the Carolina Hurricanes rookies, Kahun came off the bench and skated to the front of the net. His linemate Alexandre Fortin found him with a nice centering pass on the doorstep and the 23-year-old forward buried it.

"My game is to make plays in front," said Kahun.

It's easier to make plays when the puck is on your stick and you have the puck more when you're playing defense. That's something Kahun understands and has embraced in Traverse City.

"I think I've done a lot with my defensive game," he said. "I try to be as quick as possible on the guys and I think I'm quick enough to make those plays and make it hard on (the opposing players)."

Despite being on the smaller side (5'11", 174 lbs), Kahun shows no aversion to positioning himself in the dirty areas.

"He's not intimidated by any bigger players," said Bernard. "He goes to the net and he's going to be an exciting guy to watch in training camp as the talent level rises as well."

What he can do at main camp is on Kahun's mind also. The first practice is Friday, Sept. 14 at MB Ice Arena in Chicago. It's what Kahun has been preparing for since his signing. However, he first wants to finish strong in Traverse City.

"I work hard every day and try to get the best out of me," he said. "I'm really excited for training camp, but first we have to finish here."

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