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DRAFT: Previewing the top centers

As part of our ongoing 2018 NHL Draft coverage, chicagoblackhawks.com breaks down the best of the available centers

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

We've previewed the top defensemen and wingers, so now it's time to take a look up the middle with the best centers in the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft. Get to know the draft eligible prospects with our chicagoblackhawks.com position previews, using scout rankings, mock drafts and information gathered from draft prognosticators.

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BLOG: Cornelison to sing at Indianapolis 500

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison will sing "(Back Home Again in) Indiana" at the Indianapolis 500 for a second-straight year.

Since 2007, Cornelison has been belting out an inspired performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Blackhawks home games. On Sunday, before the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, he will utilize his talents and become the first performer to sing "Indiana" in consecutive years since the retirement of Jim Nabors in 2014.

Kelly Clarkson will sing the national anthem prior to Cornelison's performance, which is scheduled for 11:11 a.m. CT on Sunday.

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DRAFT: Previewing the top wingers

As part of our on-going 2018 NHL Draft coverage, chicagoblackhawks.com breaks down the best of the available wingers

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

As each day goes by we inch closer and closer to the NHL Draft, with all of the franchises heading to Dallas June 22-23. Get to know the draft eligible prospects with our chicagoblackhawks.com positional previews. We continue our coverage with some of the top wingers available, using scout rankings, mock drafts and information gathered from draft prognosticators.

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DRAFT: Previewing the top defensemen

As part of our 2018 NHL Draft coverage, chicagoblackhawks.com breaks down the best of the available defensemen

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The NHL Draft is right around the corner as the 31 franchises will converge in Dallas June 22-23 to select the future of the sport. Get to know the top draft eligible prospects with our chicagoblackhawks.com positional previews. We begin with some of the top defensemen available, using scout rankings, mock drafts and information gathered from draft prognosticators.

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THREE THINGS: Get to know Kevin Lankinen

Here are three things to know about the Blackhawks latest goalie signing

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Chicago has inked goaltender Kevin Lankinen to a two-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season.

Here are three things to know about the 23-year-old Finnish netminder.

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THREE THINGS: Get to know Dominik Kahun

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed forward Dominik Kahun to an entry-level contract

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Dominik Kahun to a two-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season. Here are three things to know about the forward.

1. Czech born, German raised

Kahun was born in Plan, Czech Republic in 1995, but his family moved to Germany when he was a child. He has since become a staple of German hockey at the international level. He's represented Deutschland at various levels throughout his career, from World Juniors to World Championships and the Olympics. He's spent the past four seasons in Munich.

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FEATURE: Forsling's play going under the radar

Blackhawks defensive prospect Gustav Forsling is playing very well in Rockford as the IceHogs continue their postseason run

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Just how good has Chicago Blackhawks defensive prospect Gustav Forsling been for the surging Rockford IceHogs?

"He's been really good," said head coach Jeremy Colliton.

Video: Lear's Look: Rockford's Rolling

Shaking off his assignment to the American Hockey League and an injury that kept him out for more than a month, the blueliner has bounced back in a big way to become an unsung performer in these Calder Cup Playoffs. His numbers don't jump off the page - two assists in seven postseason games - but they also don't tell the whole story.

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BLOG: DeBrincat and Hayden confirmed for Blackhawks Convention

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Alex DeBrincat and John Hayden have been confirmed as attendees for this summer's Blackhawks Convention.

DeBrincat is coming off a stellar rookie season in the NHL as he scored 28 goals to lead the Blackhawks. The 20-year-old winger was taken 39th overall in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: An RSVP from across the pond!@Brinksy97 is confirmed for this summers #Blackhawks Convention! Weekend passes are still available: https://t.co/OhEAtKXRV1 pic.twitter.com/GPKtOYRhPm

Hayden, a native of Chicago, has played 59 regular season games for the Blackhawks over the last two seasons, recording five goals and 12 assists. He was taken 74th overall in the third round of the 2013 draft.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: The #BHC2018 flow game just grew exponentially!Join @hayds51 at this summer's #Blackhawks Convention from July 27-29: https://t.co/JAiK2iAP19 pic.twitter.com/rBg5gxxqYE

These two will join Duncan Keith and a host of other players to be named later at the three-day event, which takes place July 27-29. For those looking to be a part of the festivities, you can purchase a pass for the convention HERE.

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BLOG: Rockford sweeps Manitoba, advances to conference final

Thanks to a 6-3 win in Game 4, Rockford advances to the AHL Western Conference Final

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Rockford IceHogs have advanced to the American Hockey League Western Conference Final with a sweep of the Manitoba Moose.

The Chicago Blackhawks affiliate stayed perfect in postseason play with their seventh-straight victory, a 6-3 decision on Friday night, which was propelled by their nearly unstoppable special teams.

Video: Sights and Sounds: Rockford sweeps Manitoba

Rockford killed off all six of Manitoba's power-play opportunities and scored four man-advantage goals of their own.

Veteran defenseman Cody Franson scored twice on the power play, including the game's opening marker.

Tweet from @TheAHL: PENALTY SHOT ALERT Victor Ejdsell with the @goicehogs goal! #MBvsRFD pic.twitter.com/UEDYwmrxmR

The game was tied 2-2 after the first period, but then the IceHogs built their lead. Carl Dahlstrom scored 1:35 into the middle frame and then rookie Victor Ejdsell roofed a slick, backhanded penalty shot to make it 4-2. Franson's second power-play marker increased the team's lead to 5-2 heading into the third.

Andreas Martinsen fired the puck into the empty net with 3:53 left to play to increase the lead to 6-2.

The Moose buried one late to cut the lead to 6-3, but that was the end of the scoring.

Rockford now sets their sights on their first trip to the Western Conference Final in their AHL franchise history.

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BLOG: IceHogs to face Texas in conference final

by Chris Wescott / chicagoblackhawks.com

Shortly after the Rockford IceHogs secured their ticket to the Western Conference Final, the Texas Stars got theirs in the form of an overtime win against Tucson.

Tweet from @TheAHL: SWEEP! For the first time in team history, the @goicehogs are going to the AHL conference finals! #MBvsRFD #CalderCup pic.twitter.com/L29xBu4vqS

The two teams will now face each other in the conference final, with this marking the first time the IceHogs have made it this far in their AHL franchise history.

Tweet from @TheAHL: Welcome to the conference finals, @TexasStars. #CalderCup #AllOrNothing pic.twitter.com/s62Bb5arEl

Read: IceHogs sweep Moose, advance to conference final

The schedule is as follows:

Game 1: May 18, 7 p.m. CT at TEX
Game 2: May 20, 5 p.m. CT at TEX

Game 3: May 22, 7 p.m. CT at RFD
Game 4: May 24, 7 p.m. CT at RFD
*Game 5: May 25, 7 p.m. CT at RFD

*Game 6: May 28, 7 p.m. CT at TEX
*Game 7: May 29, 7 p.m. CT at TEX

* - If necessary

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