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BLOG: Friday's scrimmage to be streamed live

Catch the action live on chicagoblackhawks.com at 9:30 a.m.

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

See future Blackhawks battle it out to make an impression at Development Camp on Friday morning, beginning at 9:30 a.m. CT.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Summer Friday just got better!Start your day with the #Blackhawks Development Camp scrimmage LIVE at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/K9oN3N6JTY

The scrimmage will be streamed live on chicagoblackhawks.com and Blackhawks social.

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FEATURE: U.S. boys stick together at Development Camp

The bond created among U.S. National Team Development Program players has shown at Blackhawks Development Camp

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The National Team Development Program was launched by USA Hockey in 1996 and has since been a proving ground for many young Americans looking to show they've got what it takes to carve out a career in the sport.

For the Blackhawks, their Development Camp this week at MB Ice Arena is host to a few high draft picks who chose the USNTDP path as their own.

"I think the program is probably one of the best places for any U.S. kid to develop," said 2018 third-round pick Jake Wise, who credits the program for helping prepare him for Boston University in the fall.

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View from the Ice: College Bound

by Jake Wise, with Leah Pascarella / chicagoblackhawks.com

Last night we had our big team dinner with all of the prospects. I sat next to some guys that I haven't been able to talk to as much like Peyton Jones and Joshua Ess so it was nice getting to know them. We had a ton of appetizers and I had salmon. Everything was really good!

One of my favorite parts of being at Development Camp has been meeting all of the prospects. I knew a lot of the U.S. players, but I've enjoyed meeting guys like Adam Boqvist, Niklas Nordgren and Henri Jokiharju. I've also met some college guys that I will be playing against next year.

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BLOG: Development Camp updates - Day 4

Updates, news, notes, video coverage and more from Day 4 of Development Camp at MB Ice Arena

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Blackhawks prospects are back on the ice beginning for their last full day of camp before tomorrow morning's scrimmage (9:30 a.m. CT), which will stream live on Blackhawks TV and chicagoblackhawks.com.

The on-ice sessions are open to the public.

Check out the content from Day 3 below as chicagoblackhawks.com spoke with Chad Krys and Jeremy Colliton, as well as published a feature story on Philipp Kurashev's interesting backstory.

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View from the Ice: Gaining Knowledge

by Jake Wise, with Leah Pascarella / chicagoblackhawks.com

I started the day off with some meetings where we learned the importance of mental toughness and techniques for breathing and visualization. I was able to squeeze in a quick nap before getting on the bus and coming to the rink.

My group started with off-ice today, which means we worked out before skating. Everyone's been pretty sore, so today was more of a recovery day. We went through different stations where we did relay races with the ladders (the losing team had to do 20 push-ups), kettlebells and foam rolling.

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FEATURE: Kurashev embraces unique background

Multicultural center Philipp Kurashev is Blackhawks Development Camp's most interesting man

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Selected in the fourth round, 120th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2018 NHL Draft, was Philipp Kurashev...

He wasn't at the draft in Dallas, so not much was known about him other than his intriguing background.

And now, he's Blackhawks Development Camp's most interesting man in the world.

His parents are Russian, he was born in Switzerland and he now plays hockey in Quebec. He's well-traveled, speaks multiple languages - oh, and he can play.

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BLOG: Development Camp Updates - Day 3

Updates, news, notes and more from Day 3 of Development Camp at MB Ice Arena

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Blackhawks prospects took the ice again on Wednesday at MB Ice Arena. They even ended their session with a short 3-on-3 scrimmage.

On Tuesday, Blackhawks TV's Eric Lear went 1-on-1 with Nicolas Beaudin, and make sure to read our feature on the 2018 first-round pick containing exclusive interviews with his father and former coach.

Read our Wednesday feature story on Philipp Kurashev and his unique background. Also, be sure to check out our Blackhawks Blog coverage, with updates on Chad Krys and Viktor Ejdsell.

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BLOG: Colliton on Viktor Edjsell

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Rockford IceHogs Head Coach Jeremy Colliton is at Blackhawks Development Camp and spoke with the media on Wednesday about a number of topics. One of those was 23-year-old forward Viktor Ejdsell.

The big, skilled Swede played six NHL games last season in his first taste of North American hockey and then joined the IceHogs for their long playoff run. He scored seven goals and added five assists in 13 postseason games.

"I think he did a good job," said Colliton. "It's tough to expect more from him. It was his first opportunity over here and there is an adjustment period. It didn't surprise anyone that he ended up scoring some pretty big goals for us and played in important situations. There were times where it looked like it was his first experience in North America but there were also times where we wouldn't have gotten as far as we did without him. 

"I don't think we should have expectations on what he's going to do. He's very skilled, he has a chance to become a player. Timeline, who knows? Let's see how he looks in the fall."

The Blackhawks acquired Ejdsell via trade from Nashville in February.

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BLOG: Krys on competition with new prospects

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Blackhawks have been stockpiling high draft picks on defense the last few of years. At Development Camp, a lot of eyes are on the new crop from this year's draft and the returning second-year players.

But Chad Krys is out to prove he should be in that conversation. He sees the competition is getting better and he's ready to pit himself against it.

"Look, you've got to play right? And you've got to play well," he said. "I think anywhere you are, you have to compete. I've had to do that at BU where we're the only school in the country that has seven defenseman drafted into the NHL. We have guys scratched every night who are top three round picks in the NHL. Maybe this is at a little bit of a bigger level, but I've experienced that a bit at BU and I welcome that. I think competition is going to elevate guys, so I like it."

The 2016 second-round pick is entering his third season at Boston University. In is sophomore campaign, the 20-year-old blueliner had seven goals and 20 assists in 36 games.

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FEATURE: Beaudin evolved his game with help from his mentors

Nicolas Beaudin's passion for the game started at a young age and with the help of some mentors, he evolved into a first-round pick and high-end NHL prospect

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

On a road trip early in the 2017-18 season, then Drummondville Head Coach Dominique Ducharme asked Nicolas Beaudin to come sit and talk with him.

Beaudin had been playing just fine. This wasn't punishment, it was a growth opportunity.

Video: One-on-one: Nicolas Beaudin

The young defenseman had just come off a 41-point season for the Voltigeurs and he was clearly on the right path to the NHL, becoming a leader for his junior team along the way. Beaudin's offensive talents jumped off the ice, but Ducharme knew his player could accomplish so much more.

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