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RELEASE: Blackhawks cut roster down to 33

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have made the following roster moves today:

The following players were assigned to Rockford (AHL): D Andrew Campbell, D Dennis Gilbert, F Matheson Iacopelli (MA-thuh-suhn ah-koh-PEHL-ee), F Graham Knott, F Anthony Louis (LOO-ihs), F Jordan Schroeder (SHRAY-duhr), F Tyler Sikura (sih-KYUR-uh) and D Luc Snuggerud (LEWK SNUH-guh-rood).

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FEATURE: Traverse City through the eyes of Player Development

chicagoblackhawks.com spent a period of play in the scout section at the NHL Prospects Tournament, picking the brain of Director of Player Development Mark Eaton to learn how the Blackhawks brass evaluates their young talent

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

High above the West Rink at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich. a meeting of hockey minds intently gazes down as Chicago's rookie team battles the St. Louis Blues prospects.

A whistle and a stoppage may lead one scout to lean over and whisper to his colleague. Together they nod in agreement and go back to watching as play resumes. Another scout scribbles something on a notepad.

Video: Mark Bernard talks prospects

Blackhawks Director of Player Development Mark Eaton leaves his notebook in his back pocket on this particular evening. He's already gathered plenty of notes from the first two games, and he doesn't want to miss a minute of action.

"It never fails," he said. "I'll be writing a note down and a goal is scored.

"If I see something glaring I'll write it down."

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THREE THINGS: Comeback falls short, 3-2 to Wild

The Chicago Blackhawks prospects saw their Traverse City tournament end in a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks prospects were unable to complete the comeback despite a nice finish to their final game in Traverse City. The Minnesota Wild jumped out to a 3-0 lead and ultimately Chicago would lose 3-2 in the battle for third place.

"We had a little bit of a push. It seemed like we were missing some energy, especially in the first period. But I thought we had our moments, even in the second period when we started to have some chances or a shift here or there," said Coach Jeremy Colliton. "We kind of got broken up by power plays. Our power play wasn't zipping it around like maybe we would have liked to, but we got that one in the third and it seemed to give us a little life. We didn't quite and that was nice to see."

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BLOG: Live streaming info for 9/11

View details for Tuesday's prospects game in Traverse City between Chicago and Minnesota

by Chicago Blackhawks / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild prospects meet at 5:30 p.m. CT in the third-place game of the 2018 Traverse City Prospects Tournament.

The Blackhawks are 2-1 after a 4-3 loss to Columbus on Friday, a 5-2 victory over Carolina on Saturday and 4-3 overtime win over St. Louis on Monday.

The game's live stream link will be available one hour prior to puck drop with coverage beginning five minutes before the start. You will be able to find the game HERE. Blackout restrictions apply. Check back closer to game time to watch.

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THREE THINGS: Sikura's OT winner lifts Blackhawks past Blues

Read three takeaways from the Blackhawks prospects' 4-3 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues in Traverse City

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Dylan Sikura's unassisted score at 3:10 of overtime gave the Blackhawks prospects a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues.

Chicago started off hot in the first period. Philipp Kurashev and MacKenzie Entwistle each managed to slip behind the Blues defense but both were stopped in close by goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick.

Kurashev continued his strong start to the period when he flipped the puck on net and it eventually redirected in off captain Graham Knott for the opening score at 7:47 of the period.

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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 / chicagoblackhawks.com

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."

Video: Mark Bernard talks prospects

"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."

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BLOG: Live streaming info for 9/10

View details for Monday's prospects game in Traverse City between Chicago and St. Louis

by Chicago Blackhawks / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues prospects meet at 6:30 p.m. CT in their third game of the 2018 Traverse City Prospects Tournament.

The Blackhawks are 1-1 after a 4-3 loss to Columbus on Friday at 5-2 victory over Carolina on Saturday.

Video: Mark Bernard talks prospects

The game's live stream link will be available one hour prior to puck drop with coverage beginning five minutes before the start. You will be able to find the game HERE. Blackout restrictions apply. Check back closer to game time to watch.

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FEATURE: Hockey Operations observations from Traverse City

Two games into the Traverse City tournament, Blackhawks VP of Hockey Operations/Team Affiliates Mark Bernard breaks down the performances of several prospects

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

We're two games into the 2018 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament and the Chicago Blackhawks are 1-1 following a 4-3 loss to Columbus on Friday and 5-2 win over Carolina on Saturday.

Following the game on Saturday afternoon, chicagoblackhawks.com caught up with Blackhawks VP of Hockey Operations/Team Affiliates Mark Bernard to discuss some of the prospects' individual performances. With the likes of Adam Boqvist, Henri Jokiharju, Nicolas Beaudin, Dylan Sikura, Victor Ejdsell and more, the club is very excited about the state of the franchise's prospect pool.

Video: Mark Bernard talks prospects

"This is may be one of our best teams we've ever brought to this tournament or any of our rookie tournaments since I've been involved," Bernard said. "There is a lot of talent on this team. It was almost too much (Friday), you know? Guys were trying to do things and they hadn't gelled. (Saturday) was a lot better. I thought the players looked a lot more cohesive out there and were making plays and then it showed up on the scoreboard.

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THREE THINGS: Blackhawks beat Hurricanes 5-2

Victor Ejdsell scored twice to help the Blackhawks prospects record their first victory in Traverse City

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Two goals from forward Victor Ejdsell helped spur the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in their second game of the 2018 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament.

The Hurricanes took the 1-0 lead at 10:12 of the first period when Julien Gauthier buried a puck from in front. The goal came on a 5-on-3 power play.

The Blackhawks came close to tying the game a few times. The first was when Dominik Kahun jumped into the offensive zone and caused a turnover before he set up Phillip Kurashev for a nice shot.

With less than five minutes remaining in the opening frame, MacKenzie Entwistle had a beauty tip from out in front, but the goaltender held onto the bobbling puck.

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FEATURE: Sikura building momentum heading into camp

Dylan Sikura is hoping to use the Traverse City Prospects Tournament to prep him for a training camp battle in Chicago

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Dylan Sikura jumped off the ice in terms of skill on Friday afternoon. Quick hands, quick feet, and even a nice one-timer were all visible in the 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Traverse City, Mich.

For Sikura, this year's Prospects Tournament provides an early opportunity for him to show the Chicago brass he's ready for the big leagues. Despite a solid game on Friday, the forward claims he was a bit rusty.

Video: Beaudin and Sikura connect in loss

"It was actually pretty tough," he said. "It was fast out there. Obviously, coming off the summer, not a lot of guys are in game shape, so it was nice to get out there and finally play a game and get the kinks out for (the next one.)"

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