Prospects Fall Twice in Minnesota, Top Blackhawks in the League RIGHT NOW, Captain Breadman? And Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Prospects Fall Twice in Minnesota, Top Blackhawks in the League RIGHT NOW, Captain Breadman? And Other Blackhawks Bullets

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks training camp start THIS WEEK. On Thursday, the Blackhawks will hit the ice at the Fifth Third Arena in Chicago as the opening on the 2021-22 season begins. Following this weekend’s Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase, where the Blackhawks prospects fell twice to the Minnesota Wild Prospects in exhibition games, the anticipation for REAL hockey continues to grow.

•   With that in mind, let Marc-André Fleury remind you how many days away the Blackhawks’ home opener is on October 19th.


•    We’re also 23 days away from the regular season opener on October 13th.

•    Fleury seems like such a nice guy and seeing him try to have an intimidating glare on his face just looks out of place.

•   Speaking of the Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase, following Friday night’s 3-2 loss, the Blackhawks prospects fell again on Sunday afternoon in a 4-3 shootout loss. Former third-round draft pick by the Blackhawks Andrei Altybarmakyan got the Blackhawks on the board with an incredible individual effort.

•  The Blackhawks got their second goal of the game thanks to a pair of Jakub’s as defenseman Jakub Galvas stole the puck and fed it in transition to Jakub Pour, where he put the puck on net with Evan Barratt in front for the tip-in goal.

•   Tied 2-2, Blackhawks 2020 first-round pick and Showcase standout Lukas Reichel found Michal Teply for his second goal of the showcase and the go-ahead goal.

•   Unfortunately, the Blackhawks gave up the game-tying goal with four seconds left in regulation and ended up losing in the shootout. Without coming away with a win, the showcase might be looked at as a negative for Chicago. But in a setting like that, where you only get a few practices and play the same team twice in a no-stakes exhibition series, the only thing you want to see from the young players is improvement day-over-day.

•   The Athletic’s Scott Powers wrapped-up the prospects that stood out at the Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase, including Reichel, Altybarmakyan, Colton Dach, Alec Regula and others.

•   A number of the prospects at the Showcase will also be heading to training camp this week and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a player like Reichel having the best shot at making the NHL roster over the next month of hockey.

•   The NHL Network is doing their annual “let’s all get you arguing about rankings” ranking of the Top 50 players in the NHL right now. As they reach their Top Ten, the Blackhawks have had four players land on the list.

•   Patrick Kane is the best player on the Blackhawks, so that’s where Chicago’s representation will end, but it’s kind of fun, I guess, to see four players landing in the Top 50.

•   A Happy Blackhawks Birthday to former 2013 first-round pick Ryan Hartman, who turns 27-years-old today!

•   Hey Nashville, thanks for Nicolas Beaudin and Philipp Kurashev.

•   Speaking of former Blackhawks, Artemi Panarin, now of the New York Rangers, spoke about the open captaincy for the club and reasons why he would not want it.

•   Makes sense to me. Panarin, who can speak English from all accounts of former teammates, isn’t the most vocal guy in the locker room and he feels the language barrier and the responsibilities around wearing the “C” would detract from his ability to just focus on being the best player on the team and one of the best wingers in the league. If he wants to just lead the team in goals and assists and points and leave it to that on the ice, hard to fault him for his honesty. There’s no rule that says your best player has to be your team’s captain.

•   Panarin was the 2016 Calder Trophy winner with the Blackhawks in his rookie season. Looking ahead to the 2021-22 rookie class, the Blackhawks might have a long-shot candidate with Lukas Reichel to win this season’s rookie of the year award. While that’s unlikely, he lands on The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler’s list of top Calder Trophy candidates for this season.

•   My money is on Cole Caufield. Because of course it would be.

•   Your reminder that the Arizona Coyotes are coming to the Central Division this season and today, they announced that the team will be going FULL KACHINA this season!

•   The nostalgia is strong here, and that might be the biggest reason I love the look of these sweaters, but so be it. They’re going to be on of the best looking team’s in the league, even if they don’t play like it. Also, bonus points to find former Blackhawks Jeremy Roenick in the reveal video.

•   One last call for questions for the final Monday Mailbag post before the Blackhawks open training camp this week. You can send them to me on Twitter using the hashtag #BNHawksMailbag or email them to me using Mario.Tirabassi at bleacher nation dot com!

•   Oh, you just hate to see it. 

•   Could we see more Justin Fields on Sunday? Give the fans what they want, amiright?

•   That will do it for today. Hope you all have a great Monday!

Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.