Player News - Blackhawks

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Alexandre Fortin scored a goal in Tuesday's 4-1 preseason loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Fortin needed just 53 seconds to beat J.F. Berube with a nice wrister to open the scoring. The 21-year-old was signed as an undrafted free-agent in 2016, picking up four goals and 21 points in 53 games in the AHL last season. He's battling for a roster spot but it would be surprising to see him on the opening night roster for Chicago.
Sep 18 - 9:58 PM

Jonathan Toews worked on speed drills and his puck-handling skills over the summer.

"I want to play and stay healthy for 82 games and be a consistent contributor and have one of the best seasons I've had in a long time," said Toews. He will look to bounce back after he posted career lows last season with 20 goals and 52 points in 74 games. Toews has been centering a line between Alex DeBrincat and Chris Kunitz at training camp.
Sep 17 - 10:58 AM

Corey Crawford was on the ice Sunday for another solo session with goaltending coach Jimmy Waite.

"He's stronger, and he's feeling better," head coach Joel Quenneville said. "So it's all encouraging." The Blackhawks want Crawford on the ice as much as possible. He hasn't participated in a team practice since a morning skate Feb. 12 in Arizona. Crawford is still dealing with concussion symptoms and his status for Chicago's regular-season opener remains in doubt.
Sep 17 - 10:50 AM

Brent Seabrook said he felt pretty good after Sunday's practice.

Seabrook sat out the first two days of training camp because of an abdominal injury. "He did a really good job with training and pushing it to the next level," coach Joel Quenneville said. "You're looking at his fitness levels, he's way better than he's ever been. And that commitment shows that he's doing everything he can to enhance his game and enhance our team game."
Sep 17 - 10:45 AM

Brent Seabrook (abdomen) was able to practice on Sunday.

Seabrook was expected to miss a full week of action, but he was able to return sooner than expected. The 33-year-old had seven goals and 26 points in 81 games last season. He won't have much fantasy value this season.
Sep 16 - 11:24 PM

Nick Schmaltz has opened training camp on a line with Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad.

If that line starts the regular season together, it would give Schmaltz a huge fantasy boost. "I think off the rush I'm more of a speed through the middle, back off the D-man and then he can kind of do his thing, whether it's pull up, find the late D or slide it through the middle to me," Schmaltz said. "I think once we get in the zone that's when we really start moving. I thought we had a couple good shifts out there where we were moving, cycling, setting picks for each other and creating space. That's more of our style where we're rolling, we're finding each other, we're kind of just moving all over the place trying to screw up the defense." The 22-year-old had 21 goals and 52 points in 78 games last season. Playing with Kane could put him over the 60-point mark.
Sep 15 - 4:20 PM

Henri Jokiharju isn't too far away from being ready for NHL duty, according to head coach Joel Quenneville.

Connor Murphy (back) is expected to miss eight weeks of action, so there could be an opening on the roster. "It's a tough position to come in as a young player because there's so many different situations to read, to feel," Quenneville said. "Not just that, there's strength, conditioning, there's confidence. There's a lot that plays into what gets comfortable in young players. I think he's made great progress over the last year. Let's see how he develops in training camp. But strength and decision-making at a young age is the test that you have to find out soon and see how he handles it in camp and then after we see we'll make that decision. But certainly, he's progressed. ... He's the one guy that might be a little closer than anybody right now."
Sep 15 - 1:27 PM

Corey Crawford confirmed that he was out with a concussion last season.

Crawford hasn't fully recovered from the symptoms yet, but feels he is getting close. He didn't practice with teammates on Friday, but did work on the ice with goaltending coach Jimmy Waite.
Sep 14 - 12:29 PM

Brandon Saad skated alongside Patrick Kane and Nick Schmaltz on the first day of training camp.

Saad logged some action on that combination last season. He disappointed in 2017-18 with 18 goals and 35 points over 82 games, but he is a great bounce-back candidate this year.
Sep 14 - 11:49 AM

Brent Seabrook is expected to miss about one week due to an abdominal injury.

Seabrook may still get into some preseason action if this injury doesn't linger. He appeared in 81 games last year and the only match he missed was due to a healthy scratch.
Sep 14 - 11:19 AM

Connor Murphy will be out for approximately eight weeks because of a back injury.

Murphy may not be available until November if that timetable holds true. The 25-year-old defender posted 14 points in 76 games in 2017-18 during his first season with the Blackhawks.
Sep 14 - 11:16 AM

Corey Crawford took to the ice early on Friday morning.

Crawford worked with goaltending coach Jimmy Waite an hour before camp officially opened. While it's encouraging that he is back on the ice, it doesn't seem like he is back to 100 percent yet. Crawford will not practice with his teammates on Friday.
Sep 14 - 10:21 AM

Henrik Samuelsson will attend training camp with Chicago on a professional tryout.

Samuelsson spent time in the ECHL, with the Idaho Steelheads, and in the AHL, with the Rockford IceHogs, last season. He amassed 43 points in 49 ECHL outings as well as 12 points over 25 AHL contests.
Sep 11 - 5:34 PM

Blackhawks prospect Nicolas Beaudin seems to be flying under the radar.

Beaudin was the second first-round selection the 'Hawks made in 2018 after Henri Jokiharju, which means he's not grabbing as many headlines as his fellow defenseman. "My hockey sense is my biggest strength, and I’m going to make some passes where nobody thinks the pass will go there," Beaudin said. "That’s why I’m here." Even though he has nice upside, the 18-year-old won't be making the team this fall. Expect him to head back to the Quebec League.
Sep 9 - 10:05 AM

As we approach training camp, Corey Crawford's (head) status still isn't known.

Blackhawks president John McDonough was asked about Crawford and he wasn't sure what the goaltender's status was either. "I know he's been working out on a regular basis, so we'll find out shortly," McDonough added. Crawford hasn't played since Dec. 23, 2017. Crawford is a huge part of the Blackhawks, so naturally his availability for the 2018-19 campaign is of key importance to Chicago. It is worth noting that the Blackhawks did sign Cam Ward over the summer, so they're not as dependent on Crawford going into this season as they were in 2017-18.
Sep 7 - 6:06 AM


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