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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 were back on the ice 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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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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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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BLOG: Patrick Sharp confirmed for Convention

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that Patrick Sharp has been confirmed as an attendee for next week's 2018 Blackhawks Convention.

Sharp has suited up for 749 career regular season games as a Blackhawk, scoring 249 goals and adding 283 assists. He is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion.

The 11th annual Blackhawks Convention runs from July 27-29 at the Hilton Chicago. The Convention features both current players and alumni, and includes numerous autograph and photo sessions, Q&A panels, exhibits, interactive games and much more.

To see a list of confirmed attendees, get more information on the event, or purchase tickets, click HERE.

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BLOG: Development Camp Updates - Day 2

Updates, news, notes, video and more from Day 2 of Development Camp at MB Ice Arena

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Team A was first on the ice this afternoon to kick off Day 2 of Development Camp. This morning, we released a feature story on MacKenzie Entwistle, who the Blackhawks received in their trade with Arizona last week.

Blackhawks TV's Eric Lear produced a Lear's Look on second-year prospects Ian Mitchell and Henri Jokiharju.

Lear also went 1-on-1 with 2018 27th-overall pick Nicolas Beaudin, and Stan Bowman spoke to the media.

Video: One-on-one: Nicolas Beaudin

In addition, we profiled Beaudin with a long-form story, which includes interviews with his father and former coach.

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BLOG: Dominik Kahun's projection

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Back in May, the Blackhawks announced the signing of Dominik Kahun. The skilled forward finished 2017-18 with 12 goals and 29 assists in 42 games for EHC Munchen in the German professional league.

It is expected that Kahun will have an opportunity to make the jump to the NHL this season. Blackhawks Senior VP/General Manager Stan Bowman commented on Kahun at Development Camp, indicating the team likes his potential fit with their current roster of players.

"I had a chance to see him over in Europe during the World Championships and I met with him a couple of times and also watched him play," said Bowman. "If people aren't familiar, he's a really fun player to watch. He's quick, offensive, has good skills. He's probably more of a playmaker than a goal scorer. He's one of those guys where the puck is off his stick as quick as he gets it. He's moving it to the guy who is open. I think he's going to fit in well with a lot of our forwards, guys who can think the game at a high level. He can make those quick decisions and I think the transition for him is just going to be moving up to the NHL level and how quickly he can make that adjustment.

"In Dominik's case, the thing he has going for him is he did play junior hockey in the Ontario League for two years so he's played on a small rink. That's probably the hardest part for the European players. When the ice gets smaller, everything happens quicker. You have to have the fast hands and the fast brain to see those plays and he does that well. We have to be patient in terms of the NHL caliber and speed, but I think his skill set matches nicely with the way the game is played."

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BLOG: Bowman's assessment of Jokiharju

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Blackhawks Senior Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman has been on hand to watch the first two days of Development Camp at MB Ice Arena. As one of the team's top prospects, a lot of attention is being paid to Henri Jokiharju.

The 2017 first-round pick has come to camp in great physical condition. That coupled with his development in Portland last season has Bowman and Blackhawks brass excited.

Video: Bowman on Jokiharju, Beaudin and Entwistle

"In Henri's case, this is his second year and he's an impressive all-around player," Bowman said. "The one thing he did last year, offensively he had a great season but he really learned how to be a two-way defenseman. I think that's probably going to be the biggest jump for him. Can you defend? I think his offensive skills are elite.

"I was really impressed when I saw him for the first time (this offseason). He really trained hard. He looks like an NHL type body right now… He's always been a fit kid, but he really worked hard on that. I was impressed with the way he came into camp in great condition. You can tell he trained hard. Physically, that's probably the one thing that's the challenge. You're going up against the biggest and the strongest (players)."

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BLOG: Bowman comments on Hossa

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Last week, Chicago executed a transaction with Arizona in which they traded long-time Blackhawk Marian Hossa to the Coyotes. Blackhawks Senior Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman had some comments on Hossa and his contributions at Development Camp on Tuesday.

Video: Bowman on Hossa's legacy, trading Hinostroza

"I think it's probably appropriate to start by saying that Marian is going to go down as one of the greatest Blackhawks ever," Bowman said. "He's a tremendous person, I think first and foremost. I've had the privilege to be around him on a daily basis for 10 years. I think he played such a pivotal role in the way our franchise turned the corner. I think when he came in, he was such a good mentor to our young guys. It's funny to look back on it, it's been 10 years now since he came on board and (Patrick) Kane and (Jonathan) Toews were just getting into the league. There isn't a better role model for how to handle yourself on or off the ice. He played a huge role in that."

The move allowed the Blackhawks to free up cap space and Hossa had to waive his no-movement clause to make it happen. The team released a statement last week thanking him for his team-first mentality.
"Obviously, it was a difficult trade from a sentimental perspective because we'd love to not have to do that. But in a practical manner, it was becoming challenging to try to operate with that contract here and it necessitated us making the move we did make."

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