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BLOG: Marc-Andre Fleury to Join Blackhawks for 2021-22 Season

Future Hall of Fame goaltender commits to team following trade earlier in the week

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

Marc-Andre Fleury is in. 

After taking some time over the last few days to evaluate his future, the 36-year-old future Hall of Fame netminder announced in a video on Sunday afternoon that he's ready to play. 

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BLOG: Commesso, Kaiser and Slaggert Competing in U.S. Summer Showcase

Trio of 2020 draft picks invited to annual week-long evaluation camp ahead of 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

While the Blackhawks were busy selecting their 2021 NHL Draft class over the weekend, three of the top picks from the 2020 class began a busy week at the USA Hockey World Junior Summer Showcase. 

Drew Commesso (2nd Rd., 46th Ovr.), Wyatt Kaiser (3rd Rd., 81st Ovr.) and Landon Slaggert (3rd Rd., 79th Ovr.) are part of the 44-player roster gathered in Plymoth, Mich. for the annual U.S. evaluation camp ahead of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship beginning in late December. 

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BLOG: Blackhawks Select del Mastro, Stjernborg in Fourth Round

Chicago makes pair of picks early in fourth round of 2021 NHL Draft

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

With a pair of picks early in the fourth round, the Blackhawks selected defenseman Ethan del Mastro from the OHL's Mississauga Steelheads at No. 105 overall and forward Victor Stjernborg from the SHL's Vaxjo Lakers HC at No. 108 overall. 

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BLOG: Blackhawks Select Taige Harding at No. 91 Overall

Chicago trades up to No. 91 overall to select 6-foot-7 defenseman Taige Harding

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The Blackhawks made their first trade on day two of the 2021 NHL Draft, sending a third-round pick in next year's draft to Carolina in exchange for the 91st overall selection. With the newly-acquired pick, Chicago selected Taige Harding from the AJHL's Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

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BLOG: Blackhawks Select Colton Dach at No. 62 Overall

Chicago takes center with second-round pick in 2021 NHL Draft, younger brother of forward Kirby Dach

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

To open day two of the NHL Draft, Chicago selected center Colton Dach from the WHL's Saskatoon Blades with the No. 62 overall pick in the second round.

Colton is the younger brother of Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach, with the older brother penning a letter of advice to his brother ahead of the draft

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BLOG: Blackhawks Select Nolan Allan at No. 32 Overall

Chicago selects 6-foot-2, 195-pound defenseman from WHL's Prince Albert Raiders with first-round pick

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

With the 32nd overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks selected defenseman Nolan Allan from the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders. 

Chicago acquired the No. 32 overall pick in place of their natural No. 12 overall pick in the acquisition of Seth Jones, announced just an hour before the first round began. Director of Hockey Administration and Amateur Scout Meghan Hunter made the first-round selection from Fifth Third Arena alongside seven other Blackhawks staff members who are advancing women in hockey.

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BLOG: Kirby Dach Pens Letter to Brother Colton Ahead of 2021 NHL Draft

Younger Dach brother set to hear his name called during this weekend's 2021 NHL Draft

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

Two years after Kirby Dach heard his name called in Vancouver at the 2019 NHL Draft, another Dach is set to hear his called this weekend as the 2021 draft gets underway. 

Colton Dach, Kirby's younger brother, is the No. 19-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting in this year's draft crop. Though he won't be a top-three selection like his older brother and won't have the same experience in the virtual draft setting this year, Kirby penned a letter to his brother with some familial advice ahead of the day he's waited his whole career for. 

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BLOG: Bowman Meets with Reporters Ahead of 2021 NHL Draft

Full coverage of President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Stan Bowman's pre-draft press conference

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The NHL Draft is just around the corner. On Thursday, President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Stan Bowman met with reporters to discuss an array of topics ranging from the draft, the trade of Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews' return to the ice, his offseason roster priorities and much more. 

Here are Bowman's full responses to some of the biggest questions during the press conference. 

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BLOG: Seattle Selects John Quenneville in 2021 Expansion Draft

Forward joins NHL newcomers following two seasons with Blackhawks

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

The Seattle Kraken have their preliminary batch of players, including forward John Quenneville, who was selected by the NHL newcomers during the 2021 Expansion Draft on Wednesday night.

Quenneville departs the Blackhawks after nine career games in his second NHL home -- all during the 2019-20 season -- and another two contests in the NHL bubble in Edmonton during the 2020 playoffs. The forward played 52 AHL games over the last two seasons with the Rockford IceHogs, totaling 24 points (14G, 10A). He was acquired by Chicago in a trade with New Jersey on June 22, 2019 and was set to become a unrestricted free agent next week. 

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BLOG: Blackhawks Announce Protected List Ahead of 2021 Expansion Draft

Seattle Kraken to select one player from each team to join inaugural team on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT (ESPN 2, SN)

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

At long last, it's Expansion Draft week as the Seattle Kraken get set to join the NHL for the 2021-22 season. 

Before Wednesday's selection of one player from each NHL team (except Vegas) to join the expansion side, the league announced today the list of players each team has selected to protect in the expansion process. 

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