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THREE THINGS: Development Camp scrimmage

A recap of the things you need to know from the Blackhawks 2018 Development Camp scrimmage at MB Ice Arena

by Chris Wescott /

Following a week of on and off-ice workouts, the Blackhawks prospects took part in a scrimmage at MB Ice Arena on Friday morning. Team Red downed Team White 3-2 in a shootout.

Here's a quick breakdown of the big moments and things you need to know.

Video: Development Camp scrimmage recap

The first period ended scoreless with Team Red getting the majority of chances due to Team White's penalty troubles. 2018 sixth-round pick Alexis Gravel looked calm between the pipes when his squad was shorthanded.

Tweet from @BHTVeric: Alexis Gravel was tested quite a bit in the first period of todays Development Camp scrimmage. He was shorthanded twice and made some great saves. #Blackhawks

In the second, 2018 eighth-overall pick Adam Boqvist found Fredrik Olofsson on the doorstep for the 1-0 lead.

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BLOG: Team Red wins scrimmage 3-2 in shootout

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Team Red beat Team White 3-2 in a shootout to win the 2018 Blackhawks Development Camp scrimmage at MB Ice Arena on Friday morning.

Video: Development Camp scrimmage recap

2018 eighth-overall pick Adam Boqvist looked sharp, recording a nice assist on the game's second goal.

MacKenzie Entwistle and his linemate Ryan Kuffner were the lone goal-scorers in the shootout, both for Team Red.

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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

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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.

Video: One-on-one: Jake Wise

"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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BLOG: Development Camp updates - Day 4

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

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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

The on-ice sessions are open to the public.

Check out the content from Day 3 below as 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 at 9:30 a.m.

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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.

The scrimmage will be streamed live on and Blackhawks social.

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FEATURE: Kurashev embraces unique background

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

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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 /

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

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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

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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

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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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