NHL Awards in Primetime, a Big Draft Anniversary, Chicago Front Office Update, Coaching Vacancies Filling, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

Last night we didn’t have a Stanley Cup Final game, but we did get a chance to watch the NHL Awards from a lounge of sorts in Tampa. Kenan Thompson hosted the show and it was… entertaining. Here’s who won the big awards:

  • Hart Trophy: Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Ted Lindsay Award: Matthews
  • Norris Trophy: Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche
  • Vezina Trophy: Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers
  • Calder Trophy: Moritz Seider, Detroit Red Wings
  • My good friend Jesus Ortiz, who is the Editor in Chief at Our Esquina, wrote a great story about Matthews becoming the first Latino MVP in NHL history — and joining Ted Williams in exclusive company.
  • Happy Draft-iversary to Patrick Kane, who was selected No. 1 overall 15 years ago today. Join us in celebrating Kaner’s exceptional career.
  • USA Hockey named the 60 players headed to their camp to determine the roster for this summer’s reschedule World Junior Championship, and three Blackhawks prospects received an invite.
  • Sweden named their roster for the 2022 World Junior Championship on Tuesday. Blackhawks forward prospect Victor Stjernborg made the list. Stjernborg, 19, was a fourth-round pick (No. 108 overall) by the Blackhawks in the 2021 NHL Draft. He had two assists for Växjö in the SHL this past season.
  • Last week we noted there are three Blackhawks prospects also headed to Hockey Canada’s camp for the WJC: Colton Dach, Nolan Allan and Ethan Del Mastro.
  • Mike Doneghey shared with NBC Sports Chicago’s Charlie Roumeliotis this week on his podcast that he was made the permanent director of amateur scouting of the Blackhawks. This explains the amount of content the team has released leading up to the draft highlighting his work, and gives the organization some level of continuity moving forward beyond this summer’s draft.
  • Three more coaches are off the board for the Blackhawks. Well, one… and two NHL jobs are now officially filled. Former Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma was named the head coach of Seattle’s AHL affiliate on Tuesday. The Oilers announced a three-year extension with Jay Woodcroft, who led them to the Western Conference Final as the interim head coach.
  • Speaking of coaches, the Dallas Stars introduced Pete DeBoer as their new head coach on Wednesday morning.
  • And the biggest surprise comes Thursday morning from Florida where, according to Darren Dreger, long-time Jets head coach Paul Maurice will replace former Blackhawks forward Andrew Brunette… who replaced Joel Quenneville mid-season.
  • Chris Peters broke down the biggest need for each organization in the NHL eight days ahead of the 2022 NHL Draft. The Blackhawks’ need is pretty obvious (skilled forwards), but there are some great recommendations for potential picks for every team included in this piece.
  • Finally, last night the Chicago Sky made history with the biggest comeback win in WNBA history. Given the state of affairs at Wrigley Field and the Blackhawks’ side of the United Center right now, we could use a feel-good story and the defending champs are it.
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    Tab Bamford has been writing about the Chicago Blackhawks for almost two decades. He joined Bleacher Nation as the lead Blackhawks writer in May 2022. Tab is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and is the author of two books about the Blackhawks: "100 Things Blackhawks Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" (Triumph Books) and "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter/X/Instagram/Threads at @The1Tab

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