Kopecky is a moron.
Thank god for Toews and Hossa.
Kopecky is a moron.
Thank god for Toews and Hossa.
Big win way to go Hawks!
Big time win. 5 wins in a row.
Praise to John Scott. He stepped in there for Campbell last night.
Beore you guys rip me for his let me point outCampbel was injured seriusly last year for a similarplay, plus the Hawks are short on d-men. Campbell is a guy that has been hurt a few times, and a key guy for the Hawks. Ryan Johnson was right there as well but saw Scott coming. Some of the code gets deleted when it's a guy like Campbell nearly getting run. Also, a classic example of why the instigator rule is crap.
Coach Q makes a nice move by having Scott out there when the Hawks go up by 3. He knew somebody like Staubitz was going to try to stir things up.
^^^ I actually agree.
John Scott played his best game of the year last night, but that doesn't mean I ever want to see him on the ice again.
He played 4 minutes of hockey (our other 5 Dmen stepped up in a big way) and kept it very simple. He knew what his job was.
Also, it was great to see him step in and go after Staubitz after that icing hit. I'll take an instigator penalty (did lose us the powerplay) everytime on a play like that.
Last night John Scott did his job, and he did it well. Definitely worthy of praise for last night. I hope we can continue to praise John Scott, on how good his suits look in the press box.
^^^ Great night for the Blackhawks last night.
Blackhawks beat the Wild in regulation.
Redwings beat the Kings in regulation.
Tuesday, March 1st
Flames at Blues - rooting for the Blues here!
Stars at Coyotes - hard one to figure out. We could easily catch the Coyotes but the Stars are on our heels.
Predators at Oilers - rooting for the youngsters on the Oilers to shine
Blue Jackets at Canucks - No real chance of catching the Canucks, let's hope they bury the Jackets
Avalanche at Sharks - Avs have been brutal lately, but maybe they can pull one out in this game
Niemi Extended 4 Years by SharksDeal works out to just under 4 million per year...
finally, the guy gets the credit he deserves. I am a huge Niemi fan, and all the guineas done in two short seasons in the NHL is pitch shutouts after shutout, win games, and win a Stanley Cup...this summer he didn't get the respect, and signed with San Jose at the end of the summer. nice then, he started off slowly (after playing a ton of hockey last year) but since Right around mid-December he has been the NHL's best goalie, statistically and from a record standpoint.
I am putting together the numbers since then, but they are staggering..
More to come..
I know the source is bad, but i'll look for another one
Sucks that he had to leave our team, but I'm perfectly fine with Crawford.
Evaluate Hawks players on their season so far, Stalberg is up first. Talk about the plyers season, how they have performed. I Will also post playrs scouting reports, and updates fo Hockeys Future.
ASSETS:A big player with great speed. Accelerates really well and reaches full speed very fast. Forechecks successfully and plays with good intensity. A natural sniper with a fine scoring touch. Defense and passing game could use some improvement. Should play even more physical with his large frame.
FLAWS:Is an incredibly fast skater that can blow by defenders. Also owns a projectable frame and scoring upside.
CAREER POTENTIAL:Needs to utilize his 6-3 frame more to his advantage, as well as improve his defensive-zone coverage.
Speedy winger with upside.
I think the 4th line role has developed Stalberg. He is 6th on the team in hits, and his defensive numbers are very solid. He's overcoming his weakness and in a few yearstime could find himself on Hossa's left side. If hecontiues to develope defensively they could be a dynamic shutdown line
Great thread idea.
ASSETS:Lalonde is a mobile defenseman who has the ability to jump into the rush when required. Though he displays good instincts on the ice, Lalonde needs to improve his defensive play and make better decisions at times. He also needs to improve his strength and play consistently for the entire game.
FLAWS:Displays all-around potential and some scoring upside. Is also capable of playing a physical game and has strong team qualities.
CAREER POTENTIAL:Needs to refine his play in the defensive zone in order to maxmize his NHL potential. Must also get stronger to better handle the pro game.
Potential offensive defenseman.
Future:Beach is a big physical force on the ice. He has a nose for the net, is a force on the power play, and will not shy away from dropping the gloves. Beach is as close to a total package as the WHL has to offer. A bruising power forward, Beach is plagued by perceptions of attitude problems. But Beach is capable and he will be given every opportunity to develop as a professional.
ASSETS:Beach has the potential to become a dominating power forward at the next level if he can keep his emotions in check.
FLAWS:Likes to rile up opponents, and is at his best when throwing them off their game. Boasts a lot of scoring upside. Is willing to go to the front of the net in order to score goals. Can also drop the gloves. Has good hands.
CAREER POTENTIAL:His agitating ways can at times go too far, which can hurt his team and lead to issues with teammates. Needs more work on his defensive play.
Agitating scoring winger.
ASSETS:Krüger is an exceptionally skilled playmaker with elite hockey sense. He likes to set up plays and find his teammates with tape-to-tape passes. Has become much stronger which has improved his game, although he still could use additional strength and muscles. Works well in all three zones and has leadership qualities.
FLAWS:Has an abundance of scoring upside and the ability to play both center and wing.
CAREER POTENTIAL:Lacks both size and strength, which can hinder his chances of thriving in North America.
Potential scoring forward with a lot of skill.
ASSETS:Had the ability to take over games from the back end for the Camrose Kodiaks this season. Skates well for a big man. He isn't punishing physical but can over power the opposition when the need arises. Skates well and has shown the ability to move the puck on the rush. Was effective on the power-play this season but in order to be effect on the man advantage at the next level he will need to continue to develop his offensive instincts. Has a hard, accurate shot from the point. Played a lot of hockey in his draft year as he saw time at the World Under 18's, World Jr. A Challenge and the AJHL All-Star Game. His WHL rights belong to the Medicine Hat and some believe Tiger's Coach Willie Desjardins will go after him hard and possibly use a spot on the Junior National team as a selling point.
FLAWS:Displays a great combination of mobility and aggressiveness. Also boasts plenty of offensive upside to make an impact in the NHL.
CAREER POTENTIAL:Is extremely raw and needs to improve his coordination in order to maximize his big-league potential. Must limit the number of bad penalties he takes.
Potential all-around defenseman.
ASSETS:A fluid skater, Vishnevskiy has all the offensive tools to become a powerplay quarterback in the NHL. He’s undersized and only average in his own end, two things that will work against him at the professional level. However, he has the vision and skill set that enable him to be a great puck-mover. Reads plays well and has the skating ability to stay in the play defensively, but isn’t consistent enough in that regard. Needs to figure out a way to handle power forwards effectively.
FLAWS:Has a wealth of offensive potential and the ability to quarterback a power play. Is also willing to play the body.
CAREER POTENTIAL:Every element of his game lacks consistency, especially his overall play without the puck. Lacks size and strength.
Potential offensive defenseman.
ASSETS:A good skater with a strong foot speed and acceleration...possesses an effortless stride and an above-average agility...above average balance for a smallish player...deceptive puck handling skills...can fight and maneuver his way out of tight spaces regularly...able to succeed in one-on-one situations...knows how to get into position for a scoring opportunity...possesses a fast-released wrist shot...needs to work on the hardness of the slap shot...plays with lots of energy and is effective on the back check...a tight forecheker...average defensive awareness...blocks the opposing passing lanes and spots his man quickly...can throw a decent hit even on a bigger player, but clearly lacks size and physical power...a good asset on both the powerplay and the penalty kill units...isn't a tough hitter, but doesn't play with fear...needs to work on his discipline, as he tends to lose his temper at times...a late 1987 born forward.
FLAWS:Has excellent skill and offensive prowess. Can line up on either side of center. Can shoot the puck with aplomb.
CAREER POTENTIAL:Needs to tighten up his defensive play in order to maximize his National Hockey League potential. Also needs to get stronger.
Potential scoring winger.
ASSETS:While many view Leddy as an offensive defenseman, he could potentially blossom into more of a two-way defenseman. His play is equally strong at both ends of the ice. Leddy combines superb offensive prowess with conscientious and responsible defensive zone play. He does an excellent job of taking away time and space from the opposition, and can also create it for both himself and his teammates. One attribute that makes it all possible is his outstanding skating ability. Leddy is an agile skater with good speed and smoothness in his strides. This can particularly be seen in his transitioning and rushes up the ice. This past summer, Leddy added 15 pounds to his 5'11 frame. The result has enhanced his game tremendously, especially on the physical side.
FLAWS:Is a tremendous skater with outstanding mobility and acceleration. Can lead the rush and set up teammates with great vision and passing skills. Is willing to initiate contact and take a hit to make plays in the defensive zone.
CAREER POTENTIAL:Isn't overly big and will need to add significant bulk to his 5-11 frame in order to better handle big forwards at the National Hockey League level.
Mobile puck-moving defenseman with offensive upside.
Toews named first star for month of February
http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=554466NEW YORK -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has been named the NHL's first star of February after leading all scorers.
Toews had 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) and a plus-13 rating as the Blackhawks moved into fifth place in the Western Conference. The Winnipeg native had eight multi-point games in that span and three of his six goals were game-winners.
Crawford named 2nd star for last week.
SECOND STAR -- COREY CRAWFORD, G, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Crawford posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.95 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and one shutout, helping the Blackhawks (33-23-6) capture maximum points in the ultra-tight Western Conference playoff race. Crawford stopped 88 of 94 shots last week, beginning with a 31-save performance in a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues Feb. 21. He recorded 31 saves in notching his fourth career shutout, a 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators Feb. 24, and stopped 26 shots plus all three shootout attempts in a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes Feb. 27. Crawford has stopped seven consecutive shootout attempts, and 11-of-13 overall this season. His .846 save percentage in the shootout is the fifth-best mark among NHL netminders who have faced 10-or-more attempts. The 26-year-old Montreal native improved his season record to 22-12-3 with a 2.13 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 37 games.
This is great, our big key players are heating up at the right time