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Camping with the Kids: Day 5 of Prospect Camp

The puck dropped for the final time on Blackhawks Prospect Camp at 10:00 this morning for the final scrimmage of the week. With one last chance to show hockey ops and fans what they could do this week, the prospects put on a great show.

Here’s what the line-ups for both teams looked like. Starters are italicized.

White Team: Forwards:  Cohen Adair – Jason Bast – Chris McCarthy; Luke Curadi – Tyler Motte – Chris Calnan; Mark McNeill – Vincent Hinostroza – Anthony Louis; Milos Bubela – Grayson Downing — ______

Defensemen:  Travis Brown – Stephen Johns; Sam Jardine – Dillon Fournier; Viktor Svedberg – Robin Press; Zach Loesch – Jake Chelios

Goalies:  Brandon Whitney; Matthew O’Connor

Red Team:  Forwards:  Garrett Thompson – Phillip Danault – Maxim Shalunov; Dario Simion – Alex Broadhurst – John Hayden; Quinn Gould – Matt Lorito – Christensen; Dan Weissenhofer* — Sam Babintsev – Tim O’Brien

*Weissenhofer was also used on his natural position of defense at times today.

Defensemen:  Carl Dahlstrom – Nick Mattson; Robin Norell – Justin Holl; Guy LeBoeuf – Gleb Koryagin; Nolan Zajac – Michael Paliotta

Goalies:  Matt Tomkins; Jackson Whistle

Scratches:  Ryan Hartman, Kevin Hayes, Antti Raanta, Pat Mullane (lower body injury), Kirill Gotovets, Garret Ross, Mac Carruth, Kent Simpson

Red got an early chance to get on the scoreboard as Chris Calnan took a seat for tripping at 1:28, but White was able to kill off the minor. John Hayden was on top of things early on as he took a feed from Alex Broadhurst down low and got a good shot off, but Brandon Whitney’s right pad was there to make the save. Red had another opportunity on the power play when Chris McCarthy was sent to the box, but they still weren’t able to convert. A minute or so after the power play ended, Whitney came up big for his team with his right pad again as he stopped a Tim O’Brien backhand attempt. With 4:43 left in the opening frame, Hayden opened up the scoring with his third goal of camp. He was able to get one by Whitney’s left pad to give Red the 1-0 lead.

Jason Bast had a chance to tie the game up for White in the second as he lead a 2-on-1 rush into the Red zone with Cohen Adair. Defenseman Justin Holl was the only man back for Red and he did good job of taking the passing lane away, forcing Bast to take a shot. Unfortunately for Bast, it went over the net. Red had an equally good chance moments later as Holl sped into the White zone and sent a pass from the left circle over to Maxim Shalunov on the right side of the ice. Shalunov went to one time the puck, but he shanked it. Another chance for White came when Anthony Louis found Mark McNeill open in the right circle. McNeill was able to get a shot off, but he sent it over the net.

With 8:58 left in the middle stanza, Red and White made their last goaltending changes of camp. Matthew O’Connor came in for Whitney for White and Jackson Whistle came in for Matt Tomkins for Red. Whistle’s first real test of the game came with 6-foot-5, 247 pound Luke Curadi parked in front of him. McNeill sent a little pass onto his tape from below the goal line, but Whistle was able to stick his right pad out to stop the shot from Curadi.

The first fight of camp came with 3:18 left in the second. Hayden and Sam Jardine started pushing and shoving after a whistle and then dropped the mitts. Hayden, listed at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, got a few good pops in on Jardine, listed at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, but the go-around was mostly just them wrestling.

Tyler Motte tied the game up at 1 for White with 2:46 remaining in the middle frame. White then took the lead at 3:27 of the 3rd period when Grayson Downing showed off his fantastic stickhandling skills and got one by Whistle to make it 2-1. Milos Bubela got the primary assist on the tally.

Red wasn’t going to go down without a fight. Alex Broadhurst netted his first marker of camp with 9:06 left in regulation with a shot from O’Connor’s left side to tie the game at 2. Bubela gave White the lead back at 14:07 with an absolutely wicked shot from above the left hashmarks that went high blocker side on Whistle. Downing sealed the game for White with 2:20 left in regulation with some fancy moves yet again that had Whistle sliding left and the puck going in on his right.

The fireworks weren’t over yet though. With 2:03 left, probable future IceHogs teammates Phillip Danault (6’1”, 198 lbs.) and Viktor Svedberg (6’9”, 223 lbs.) got caught up in the heat of the moment and dropped the gloves. Svedberg easily took Danault down after Danault tried getting a few shots in on him.

Red had a late chance to get within one goal as Tim O’Brien tried to stuff the puck by O’Connor’s pad, but he was able to shut the door and preserve the White lead. The 4-2 score stood as the final as White took home the victory and the trophy the Hawks give out for the winners of the last scrimmage of camp.

-IceHogs head coach Ted Dent was behind Red’s bench again.

-Some Red power play units:  Quinn Gould Matt Lorito – Christensen, Guy LeBoeufGleb Koryagin; Gould – Lorito – Christensen, Justin Holl Robin Norell

-Some Red penalty killing units: Sam Babintsev, Dan Weissenhofer, Guy LeBoeuf and Gleb Koryagin; Dario Simion, Phillip Danault, Justin Holl and Robin Norell.

-One of the White power play units was:  Milos BubelaVincent HinostrozaAnthony Louis, Stephen Johns Travis Brown.

-Some of the White penalty killing units were:  Mark McNeill, Vincent Hinostroza, Viktor Svedberg and Robin Press; Tyler Motte, Chris Calnan, Dillon Fournier and Sam Jardine.

Observations

-Defenseman Stephen Johns continued his stellar defensive play on Friday morning. He also made his presence felt numerous times in the physicality department as he sent a lot of guys down to the ice with big hits. He is also extremely patient with the puck, which leads to him making smart decisions on the ice.

-Free agent invitee Quinn Gould looked very solid today. He blocked some shots and played good defense.

-Another free agent invitee, Luke Curadi, also had a very good game. He used his size (6’5”, 247 lbs.) to his advantage as he muscled to the front of the net to screen the opposing goalies.  He was involved on numerous offensive zone plays. The RPI student is listed as a defenseman, but the Hawks used him at forward during every scrimmage this week.

-Anthony Louis continued his solid play during camp with his game today. He was great in the defensive zone and still used his speed and size to his advantage while in the offensive zone. The Winfield, Illinois native also has great vision and hockey sense.

-Defenseman Carl Dahlstrom, who the Hawks took in the 2nd round (51st overall) in this year’s draft, is very strong on his skates and his 6-foot-3, 211 pound frame is hard to knock off the puck.

-Center and Bartlett, Illinois native Vincent Hinostroza had a good game today. He showed off his speed very well, made nifty moves with the puck and even showed off a bit of his physical side. He made a big hit on Robin Norell along the red line that sent the defenseman down to the ice.

-Free agent invitee defenseman Nolan Zajac is a very smart hockey player. He tends to make good decision with the puck and has some great vision on the ice.

-Center Phillip Danault was very feisty today, which isn’t a bad thing. In the second period, he had an instance where he was jawing with Vincent Hinostroza and Mark McNeill started crosschecking him to defend his teammate. Then there was the fight with Viktor Svedberg. Danault also played a solid overall game, which he has been doing all camp long.

-18-year-old John Hayden was stellar once again in game play. He did nearly everything well and even showed that he’s not afraid to drop the gloves when it needs to be done.

 

  • Joe Banks

    Kim, thank you so much for these amazing articles. Your insights into the hawks prospects and Icehogs are second to none.
    Looking forward to another great year to come, and excited to see who graduates to the UC and the Rock.

    • kimwrona

      Thank you for reading and for all the kind words and support, Joe. I truly appreciate it! :) Yes, it should be a fun one! Here’s to the best for both teams!

      • Preacher

        Any wild speculation on if we MAY see any of these kids up in the big leagues this season? Who would your top 3 picks be?

        • kimwrona

          Out of camp, I would say the only one would be Danault. But that’s a big maybe. I wouldn’t even have a top 3 possible-Hawks-ready-guys. Just Phillip haha.

          • Joe Banks

            Although I am rooting for Danault, it may be best to spend some time on the Rock.
            Pirri has made great improvement, but I still question his maturity.

          • kimwrona

            Agreed. He’d benefit from spending time there for sure. FWIW, I’m not worried about Pirri’s maturity. If he got upset about something on the ice last year, it was more at himself than anyone else (i.e. officials). He’ll be fine in the NHL. He knows it’s now or never.

          • Z-man19

            If Johns were not staying in the college ranks, would he sniff the big club?

          • kimwrona

            He just might. With the D-depth they have already though, it would be tough to crack the line-up–which I also feel bad for a guy like Stanton in that case as well. But, I could see Johns as a top 3 Dman in Rockford.

          • lizmcneill

            Stants must really hate Brookbank’s contract.

          • kimwrona

            LOL. Probably!

  • DesertHawk

    Was the fight mutual? There was some speculation earlier that Svedberg had basically just decided to pummel Danault.

    • kimwrona

      It basically was. They were pushing and shoving and then Phillip swatted at his face and then dropped his gloves, so Svedberg went with it haha.

      • DesertHawk

        So it was like that tiny dude a few years ago who went after Fluffy. This is good.

        • red palace

          Good times!
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bFa9MKE0i4&feature=youtube_gdata_player
          A game which also featured Sami Lepisto’s last goal as a Blackhawk.

          • Joe Banks

            Is Sami still in the KHL?

          • red palace

            He was let go by Lokomotiv partway through the season, but then picked up by Lev Prague, with whom he had five assists in fourteen games.

          • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

            Can we hire fluffy as a mod?

          • 10thMountainFire

            If you’re putting this up for a vote, I’m sure the answer you will get from all of us is ‘Hell to the fuck yes, we can.’

  • roadhog

    Anyone have the $ on the Krugs signing?

    • DesertHawk

      Less than 2.6 per. Would be where my money is at.

      • Kevin

        I don’t know if Krugs is worth $1 million a year. He’s scrap and crap for the money.

        • DesertHawk

          We only have 2.5 available… that’s where I was going with that. :sigh:

          • Kevin

            I still can’t believe we took Bulin Wall over Razor for the same money. Tell Razor that Crow falls in slumps and he will get playing time. I just like Razor as a backup and he’s got game left.

          • Joe Banks

            Khabby is usually pretty good in a contract year. 1 yr contract = contract year. 2 mildo a bit much though.
            When he’s on, he is amazing.
            I don’t know what scrap n’ crap is, but that is hardly how I would describe Kruger. He is, after all, the plan all along.

          • 1benmenno

            Kevin is a troll. Do not feed him.

          • lizmcneill

            Kruger has TWTW, is that not all you need? Sadly he’s not a good Canadian boy but you can’t have everything.

          • 10thMountainFire

            1. Ray Emery also had a say. He wanted a shot at the starting gig.
            2. Stop being so simple and dense.

        • 10thMountainFire

          This is literally the dumbest comment I have heard in the last 24 hours.

  • roadhog

    Some photos of Leddy’s day with the cup in Minnyzowta.

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/12/photos/nick-leddy-stanley-cup

  • Kevin

    Ahhh. A very boring off season. Time to take a nap.

    • Accipiter

      A dirt nap ?

      • Preacher

        Mike Keenan doesn’t nap.

  • Kevin

    I just wish that I had someone to take care of me. I’ve been lonely for sometime now. I need a mate. But, I will get through because I’m very tough inside.

    Sorry, for the pity party. I’m just bored.

    • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki
      • 1benmenno

        A match made in Kevin.

        • Joe Banks

          Loved her in Spaceballs.

      • Joe Banks

        Wow. Is she single?

    • 1benmenno

      I did not think you could sink any lower. I was wrong.

      • Accipiter

        I would have taken that bet.

      • Kevin

        That was not very nice.

        • 1benmenno

          Fuck yourself severely and repeatedly.

          • Kevin

            Ummm … are you having a bad day?

    • Joe Banks

      Sorry to hear that, sorry you are having a bad day. Hang in there.
      Life is like a shit sandwich. The more you eat it, the more you get used to the taste.

      • Waylon

        Funny, I always heard that one as life is like a shit sandwich – the more bread you got, the less shit you have to eat.

    • Kevin

      Cheer up. Happiness is an inside job. Things will get better.

      • 1benmenno

        Severely, repeatedly, and with extreme prejudice. That is how you must fuck yourself.

        • Kevin

          Are you serious? This poor guy is hurting and this is how you treat him and his situation? C’mon man. Show some compassion. I was reaching out and showing moral support. Be a man about it.

          • 1benmenno

            You’re a real pro at this trolling business, I’ll grant you that.

          • Kevin

            Is there any money to be made in it?

            I dunno is why I’m asking.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            I’ll give you either a gumball or a Triscuit for every post I deem worthy. I offer this because I’m a fan of your work, just as I was Tony Clifton’s.

          • Z-man19

            What is this, offering gumballs for trolly posts? This madness needs to be prevented.

          • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

            For GOOD trolly posts. And just try to stop me. You ever see what happens when a Canadian goes rogue? Well, I don’t mean to cause a ruckus or rattle any nerves, but let’s just put it this way: gum is relatively inexpensive, and I can probably save up by consolidating shipments. BAM! NOW let’s hear the “polite Canadian” jokes … not so EASY anymore, IS IT!?

          • 1benmenno

            How do you get a Canadian to stop feeding trolls? You ask him very nicely.

          • Z-man19

            Jesus, you and Ben are grumpy today, is Bryan Adams releasing another record today or what?

          • 1benmenno

            Bieber.

          • Z-man19

            Then I saw her face, now I’m a belileiber

          • Accipiter

            Go back to the beach.

          • Z-man19

            Not a Monkeys fan?

          • Accipiter

            It was the material …

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            When a Canadian goes rogue, they burning everything they own. It’s actually kind of funny.

            I need more fried foods. Merica! Nineleven!

          • laaarmer

            Are you making any money at it?

          • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

            No. No he is not. He is only a wannabe Troll. He is a parody of a real Troll.

        • Z-man19

          Not get your coffee this morning?

          • 1benmenno

            All I have is instant.

          • Z-man19

            Therein lies your problem

          • 1benmenno

            One problem among many. How do I contact Ahnfire?

          • Z-man19

            She’s on twitter, do what I’m doing, head to the beach

          • 1benmenno

            Good idea.

    • ahnfire

      ….this is a hockey blog, anon. try talking about hockey and make some friends.

      • 1benmenno

        Ahn: Kevin posted this as himself. Then switched from Kevin to Guest somehow and replied to himself.
        This is not some lonely heart post. It’s trollery pure and simple.

        • ahnfire

          ah.

          while that is true, you really need to ignore him instead of responding to him.

          note: if you keep doing that, I’ll put you in timeout as well.

          • DesertHawk

            I realize we shouldn’t feed trolls, but he’s not contributing anything, and is an unneeded annoyance, imho.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            As stale as this place is, it will become even more so over the next month or so. Even a half-bred troll should be okay. It’s not like he insulted anyone.

            In other news NHLN was showing the Reader’s Digest 2010 SCF tonight.

          • 1benmenno

            Go tip a newt.

          • ahnfire

            life is full of annoyances, DH.

            he wasn’t attacking anyone, just being a pain in the ass. it really didn’t warrant that level of vitriol. I’ve put kevin into timeout & emailed him about his behavior, but he’ll be allowed back eventually.

          • DesertHawk

            You’re the boss, but just cause life is full of annoyances, doesn’t mean people should be forced to tolerate them in their leisure activities. This is a place people come to relax and BS/talk about the Hawks, for a lot of us, he detracts from that. This isn’t work, school, family something we have to deal with. This viewpoint is kinda what colors my view on trolls.

          • 1benmenno

            Understood.

          • Why

            Couldn’t agree more. You seem to be relatively good at this.

      • DesertHawk

        Yeah Kevin posted that last night… not sure how he made it switch to guest… probably by deleting it, as disqus doesn’t really delete things, and now he’s talking to himself….

  • 1benmenno

    Excuse me but is there a mod in the house? See below. This passive aggression will not stand.

    • ahnfire

      I’m reading but I’m trying to see why it’s so bad…

  • 10thMountainFire

    What in the… what is going on in here?

    • laaarmer

      I miss everything.
      Marathon baseball weekend again. In between games so I cam here to see what was happening in our hockey world. So, Kruger signed? What about my trade for Kesler?

      • 10thMountainFire

        I have worked the Kesler angle since last week. Vancouver refuses to return my calls.

        • laaarmer

          Mother Fuckers. Burn it down

          • 10thMountainFire

            You don’t have to tell Vancouver that twice.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Burn it down? Why did you wear that stupid bunny suit?

        • lizmcneill

          They don’t seem to want Carbomb, Beach and a bag of pucks, for some reason. Surely they all would fit in well with the Nucks.

          • laaarmer

            They can have Pirri Borrkbank Carcillo, Bollig and Svedberg.

          • DesertHawk

            Boo I want Svedberg!!! Also isn’t Svedberg an Icehog, not a Hawk, we can’t trade him as far as I understand.

          • laaarmer

            So Stan call Rockford and say Trade Svedberg to Van so I can get Kesler and they are going to say no? Ic Hogs in Champaign before he hangs up the phone.

          • 10thMountainFire

            Were you not paying attention? I’M the one who has been making the calls.

            You’re welcome, by the way.

  • 10thMountainFire

    8 x years and $52 million for Bergeron.

    So do 19 and 88 have golden keys at this point?

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      I’m figuring 8×8 for each. Gonna be another purge, but not as bad as 2010.

      • AMR

        I doubt there will be a purge. The cap will be up significantly by the time their extensions kick in and if its 8 million then it will only be a 1.7 million increase of their current salaries

        • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

          Saad’s EL contract is up at the same time….

          • AMR

            And the salary cap will be up significantly. It will probably be around 75 million+. What would Saad get 2 to 3 million per year? I doubt he will get more than that unless he breaks out big time.

          • MattC86

            And Saad doesn’t have himself a golden ticket quite yet. He’s got a lot of promise but a long way to go.

        • Chris Tomas

          Cap will be up by then. Also, god knows how hossa’s health will be. And oduya’s and roszival’s contracts will be up which may make room for over 5 million. If Stephen johns continue to impress, he and danault can possibly fill those spots with less than 3 million. What I’m trying to say is…. There’s room

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    So basically StanBo has kept everyone we here at CI had hoped to keep save for Frolik, whose 2.3 mdo cap hit would just fit under the cap for the Hawks.

    • Preacher

      I’m wondering if bringing back Mayers (he’d be a minimal cap hit) to platoon with Handzus wouldn’t be a good insurance policy against some of the young guns not performing up to par for the whole season. His leadership, his ability to win a draw, and the fact that he can still skate in limited action might be useful given that Q will be inclined to limit the minutes of the young guys when they screw up, which they will. And it would give Zus a rest over the course of a full season.
      Just throwing this out there on a very boring Sunday evening with no more hockey to watch.

      • AMR

        Although I like your idea of bringing Mayers back, I have a feeling he is going to retire

        • Preacher

          I think he’d only play again if it were with the Hawks.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Pretty sure he’d say he lost the last necessary step to stay in the league.

          • lizmcneill

            Yeah, look how little he was played this season compared to last. Dude will be 39, there aren’t many players still at NHL level at that age. I’d say Zus will be platooned with assorted bbHawks. They have to get ice time at some point to see if they’re ever going to make it.

    • Why

      Anyone that wanted to lose Bolland is weird. I’m hoping that wasn’t the board’s consensus.

      • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

        It’s not about the player, but his contract. The question is always: Is it more beneficial to sign this one guy, or these other two? (or in Campbell’s case three or four).

        • Joe Banks

          The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one…

    • lizmcneill

      Also Capgeek gives the cap space sans bonuses. With Frogger’s hit included, they can’t keep a 23-man roster all year without cutting into the bonus $$. Rev up the Rockford shuttle…

  • Z-man19

    Frogger gets 1.325, whew, almost lost a gumball on that one

    • Preacher

      It’s actually a little lower than I was expecting. I figured 1.6.

      • Z-man19

        Makes me wonder why it took this long to get a contract done

        • putmeinthemadhouse

          stan said it was because krugers agent had a lot of clients. actual negotiation was not very difficult, once they got to it.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      That’s a compromise number if I ever saw one. Good job Stan.

      • Z-man19

        1.25 in year 1, 1.4 in year 2

      • lizmcneill

        Nice one! Still dubious about Khabi returning for 2M, but I suppose it wouldn’t be a Hawks’ offseason without one overpriced vet signing.

        Query: does anyone know what happens to a cap hit if the player is unable to play for….legal reasons?

        • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

          To give StanBo his due, a couple of those signings that appeared over priced at the time worked out well.

          However, I share your well founded skepticism re Khabi.

          • lizmcneill

            Rozi comes to mind, yes.

            I think with Khabi it’s a case of once bit, twice shy. Ok, the team in front of him is much, much better and he’s not going to be the starter, buuuutt….