The Blackhawks Prospects closed out the 2019 Traverse City Prospect Tournament with a 6-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, taking a seventh-place finish on the week.
Off the top, it was an interesting game as the Blackhawks finished with Kirby Dach, Adam Boqvist, Philipp Kurashev and Mikael Hakkarainen in the locker room after what VP of Hockey Operations/Team Affiliates Mark Bernard said were precautionary moves.
"They're all minor injuries. It's more precautionary than [anything]," Bernard told reporters after the game. "They've had a long week here in Traverse City. They show up Wednesday night in Chicago, they have one practice Thursday, they travel here and four games in five days isn't easy for these guys and they've got training camp ahead of them. We want to make sure they're ready for that, so it was more precautionary that we held those guys out."
Now, onto three other takeaways from the game.
GRAVEL NEARLY PERFECT
Alexis Gravel returned to the net and made 27 saves in his second win of the tournament for Chicago. The lone goal he allowed came in the final minutes with the Blackhawks in control of a 6-0 game. The 2017 draft pick continued to impress with several timely stops and of the five goals he allowed on the weekend, three came while shorthanded.
"He's got some confidence. He's just poised in the net. There's no panic," IceHogs head coach Derek King said after the game. "There were a couple shots where he's definitely screened and you think it's going in and he's just square to the puck and it hits him and rebound comes, he swipes it away. It was good for him. Good confidence for him too coming into camp."
Tim Soderlund and Michal Teply each scored and assisted on the other's tally in the third period to seal the win for Chicago.
First, Soderlund found the net off the rush after intercepting a puck in his own end and springing a give-and-go with Teply.
Then, it was Soderlund with a bit of skill, working his was through the zone to find Teply waiting in the slot, wide open.
"Those guys maybe don't get that extra ice time or they don't get shuffled around to play together and see stuff like that (without the injuries)," King said. "It's good (for them) to get the ice time and get a little confidence."
TO MAIN CAMP
Of the 24 players who made the trip to Traverse City, 15 will remain in Chicago for the start of Training Camp on Friday morning. In addition to the five free-agent invites, Liam Coughlin, Michal Teply, Cole Moberg and Chase Marchand will return to their respective teams on Wednesday.
The full 55-man Training Camp roster was announced as the rookies took the ice against the Wild on Tuesday.