A couple quick roster nuggets from the morning skate before we jump into our morning lap. Jarred Tinordi is getting the night off on Sunday because he’s a little banged up; Filip Roos will draw into the lineup. And Sam Lafferty remains out of the lineup with his upper-body issue.
- Blackhawks netminder Petr Mrazek is expected to start tonight when the Jets play in Chicago. Yes, the Winnipeg Jets — not the New York Jets, who are hosting the Chicago Bears this afternoon. Got it? Jet planes everywhere. Good. Anyways, this will be Mrazek’s first start since the epic collapse in Dallas on Wednesday. Ben Pope wrote about how he’s moving forward after that tough third period performance.
“To me, [you have to] just forget about it,” Mrazek told Pope. “[There’s] nothing you can change right now. What you can change is show up here, be happy to be around, work hard on and off the ice and get to another one.”
- I’ve seen Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson wandering around the United Center a few times this year, but not very often. It’s because he’s becoming a bit of a road warrior, piling up frequent flyer miles as he is an active NHL general manager getting ready for the second draft he’ll be in charge of for the organization. Scott Powers wrote a nice piece about Davidson’s draft prep this morning.
- This is a massive departure from Stan Bowman’s regime. He sat in the press box and looked down at the mess he created I MEAN NHL team during almost every game. Davidson is out there watching the players he might get a chance to draft this coming summer.
- As a reminder: the Blackhawks have six picks (two each) in the first three rounds of the 2023 NHL Draft. So it makes sense that Davidson would be out there watching a LOT of players in a LOT of places. Here’s what Davidson told Powers about how hard it is to guess your draft position this far out while still scouting enough players to build a sound draft board.
“It’s just kind of, when it comes time to pick, wherever we’re going to pick, you just have to find talent wherever you end up,” Davidson said. “Before the season and over the summer, it was just, ‘Oh, they’re just doing whatever they can to get a top-three pick.’ The idea of trying to do that is so hard. To finish anywhere specific in the standings is so damn hard. Because one, there’s much more parity in the league than anyone really wants to say. And two, the players just want to win.”
- If you read yesterday’s bullets, you know I was wearing maize and blue yesterday. Which means I was a happy human around 4 PM CT. Later last night, the Wolverines football team returned to campus and went straight to the rink to celebrate with the other highly-ranked team on campus. Hail to the victors, valiant…
- Aidan Thompson and the Denver Pioneers bounced back from a Friday loss with a resounding win on Saturday. Thompson had one goal and one assist on Saturday after being shutout in the first game of the weekend set. He won 15 of 35 faceoffs against Omaha as well.
- Before the game, DU paid tribute to Peter McNab, who passed earlier this season. He was an incredible man who made an enduring impact on the hockey community in Colorado.
- This weekend’s “best hockey pun using holiday phrasing” nominee for the Blackhawks’ prospect contingent comes from Kelowna, who threw this beauty out there on the Twitters last night after a pretty play from Colton Dach.
- The IceHogs split their weekend series with Milwaukee with a 5-3 loss on Saturday night. Defenseman Isaak Phillips had an assist on all three of Rockford’s goals. I really like his game and he has the size (6-3, 205) that the front office likes. But, again, the Blackhawks’ NHL roster is already full of veterans (plus Roos) so there’s nowhere to put him. I would love to see him get some run in the League this year but the Hawks are going to have to move some bodies to open an opportunity.
- Finally, I felt seen when I read this tweet re: the Blackhawks starting to take advantage of some teams needing help in various areas by making moves. We begged for the Hawks to move someone and we got… Barratt to Philly and Beaudin to Montreal. Maybe the Blackhawks’ activity will pick up when MLB free agency starts kicking for real?