Chicago is set to open the 2019 Traverse City Prospect Tournament on Friday evening against the Detroit Red Wings at 6 CT. The game, along with every game at the tournament, will be streamed live on Blackhawks.com.
With just one practice and one morning skate before the opening game, Rockford IceHogs head coach Derek King, who leads the Blackhawks rookies this weekend, knows that there will be a feeling out process in Friday's game against Detroit.
"We didn't get a lot of practice time," he said after the team's first skate at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City. "We're trying to give them some stuff, but we don't want to throw too much at them to overthink this. They've just got to go out and play."
"Mid-August you're kind of itching to get towards a game and to be here in September and to be playing against the NHL teams and the top prospects from each team, that'll be pretty cool," first-round pick Kirby Dach said ahead of his first competitive game in a Blackhawks sweater. "It's going to be a lot of fun tonight."
Even though the on-ice product might not be fully polished, as the week progresses, the tournament as a whole serves as a good first step in what the organization hopes is a bright season for their top youngsters.
"The big thing is to get to know these guys," King said. "Obviously we want to compete and we're here to win, but as long as they put an effort in and compete every night, we'll be happy with that and if they do that I think you'll see the raw talent just come out in these players. I'm anxious to get going."
Brandon Hagel -- Kirby Dach -- Riley McKay
Tim Soderlund -- Philipp Kurashev -- Michal Teply
Mikael Hakarainen -- Mackenzie Entwistle -- Dylan McLaughlin
Liam Coughlin -- Reese Johnson -- Cole Purboo
Dennis Gilbert -- Adam Boqvist
Nicolas Beaudin -- Chad Krys
Jake Ramsey -- Cole Moberg
2019 Prospect Tournament Schedule
|Fri., Sept. 6 ||6 p.m. ||vs. DET |
|Sat., Sept. 7 ||2 p.m. ||vs. TOR |
|Mon., Sept. 9 ||4:30 p.m. ||vs. STL |
|Tues., Sept. 10 ||TBD ||TBD |
|Date ||Time (CT) ||Opponent |