Ramblings: A deeper look at the Expansion Draft, Blackhawks, Filip Forsberg, Cam Ward and more (June 11)

Neil Parker

2016-06-11

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Take the time to read an article about Gordie Howe, if you haven't already. The stories about and admiration for Mr. Hockey really piled in yesterday, and his impact was second to none. The longevity of his impact is equally impressive.

 

And on a lighter note, a Gordie Howe hat trick has to be one of the coolest stats in all of sports.

 

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The Prospect Guide will be receiving an update tomorrow with a mock draft and additional player profiles.

I'm still working through it, and suggest you do as well.

 

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Thanks for this get-off-may-lawn moment, Guy Lafleur. Wouldn't it be nice to just let dudes grow their beards in peace? Plus, Brent Burns and Joe Thornton have been in beard mode since December.

 

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In a mailbag article, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun Times, discussed the situation the Blackhawks have found themselves in.

 

"A big reason why Bowman is so willing to part with picks and players is his faith in the Hawks’ scouting department. There always seems to be a Dennis Rasmussen or Erik Gustafsson to be found (and sometimes even an Artemi Panarin) to fill out the roster. The draft and NHL-level free agency aren’t the only way to flesh out rosters these days. Europe is a treasure trove of unmined talent. And the Hawks went treasure-hunting again this offseason by signing Czech defenseman Michal Kempny, who’s expected to contend for a roster spot right away. Top prospects such as defensemen Ville Pokka and Gustav Forsling, and forwards Tyler Motte, Ryan Hartman and possibly Nick Schmaltz (if he chooses to leave college and sign) are on the verge, too."

"Bowman’s trades didn’t pay off. But they don’t have to kneecap the entire team. Smart drafting, savvy scouting and the willingness of free agents to take less money to play in Chicago should keep the Hawks contending for the near future, no matter how ugly their cap situation is (and it’s ugly)."

Lazerus suspects Richard Panik will be back, and Panik checks out as an endgame f