Roster Moves After Detroit Disaster, Blue Line Competition, College Hockey Gets Started, Strome Revenge Tour, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Roster Moves After Detroit Disaster, Blue Line Competition, College Hockey Gets Started, Strome Revenge Tour, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

Chicago Blackhawks

The fun weekend this is gives us two hockey games in as many days. After a debacle of a third period last night against the Red Wings, the other half of the Blackhawks’ roster will get a chance to redeem itself against the Minnesota Wild in a “home” game — in Milwaukee.

  • First, the roster moves that were announced after the game last night. Defensemen Nolan Allan and Ethan Del Mastro were sent back to their junior clubs. There’s a lot to like about what we saw from each of them during the preseason, and the organization has to be pleased with their development over the past year.
  • The IceHogs added three more players from Chicago. Goaltender Jaxson Stauber was assigned to Rockford. Defenseman Adam Clendening and goaltender Dylan Wells were released from their professional tryout contracts and sent to Rockford; they both have AHL contracts with the IceHogs.
  • Regarding the game last night… the third period was a disaster. The Hawks hung around in spite of mediocre play for 40 minutes but it caught up with them in the third. The Captain had thoughts after the contest:
  • Jack Johnson was joined on the Blackhawks’ blue line by Nicolas Beaudin, Isaak Phillips, Del Mastro, Allan and Alec Regula. From that group, Beaudin (22 games) has the most NHL experience. And, unfortunately for him, Beaudin appears to be the longest shot of the group being part of the Blackhawks’ future on the blue line.
  • The Blackhawks drafted Beaudin with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft — the same first round in which they selected Adam Boqvist. The influx of big, mobile defensemen and the development of some more recent, later-round picks like Phillips have pushed Beaudin to the back burner for the organization.
  • He’s entering the final year of his contract, so it will be interesting to see how long he hangs around the organization. Beaudin turns 23 on Oct. 7.
  • It looks and sounds like there could be two open spots on the blue line for prospects to grab in the next week. Phillips, Regula and Alex Vlasic appear to be the front-runners. My guess is the Blackhawks carry Regula (a right-handed shot) and Vlasic (who has been working with Seth Jones a lot during the preseason). Phillips spent most of last year on the top pair in Rockford with Ian Mitchell and could assume an even more important role this season.
  • Patrick had thoughts after the game last night.
  • Tyler Johnson was apparently the designated player to get the Blackhawks some penalty kill work on Saturday night. He picked up two minor penalties in the first period, which is very un-Tyler; he had been whistled for 44 penalty minutes in 146 games over the previous three combined seasons between Tampa and Chicago.
  • College hockey kicked off with a bang on Saturday, but the Blackhawks didn’t have a few guys participating. Aidan Thompson (Denver) and Frank Nazar (Michigan) were DNPs last night.
  • Dominic James scored the first goal of the year for Minnesota-Duluth. The Bulldogs needed overtime to beat Arizona State on their home ice in their season debut.
  • Ryan Greene had a big collegiate debut for Boston University. He scored twice in a huge win for the Terriers.
  • Greene was given the letter jacket as the top player by the team for his two-goal debut.
  • Dylan Strome wants that smoke. He told Washington media on Saturday that he wants to make a point to the Blackhawks that they made a mistake in letting him walk away for nothing.
  • Well, Dylan, buddy, pal… if the Blackhawks are building a roster predicated on speed, y’all weren’t gonna cut it. Sorry but not sorry. I hope he has a terrific season in Washington and gets to enjoy the playoffs, but let’s not act like a team building for speed was going to give Strome the bag.
  • The San Jose Sharks announced a few additions to their front office, including one of the founders of a site we reference here frequently — CapFriendly. Dominik Zrim was in the Blackhawks’ front office last year but left soon after Rocky Wirtz’s unfortunate showing at the town hall earlier this year.
  • Finally, losers gonna lose.

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Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab