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Blackhawks Notebook: Camp Dates and Preseason Slates

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It’s all inching closer. The Chicago Blackhawks released its preseason schedules, beginning with general manager Kyle Davidson addressing the media today. A breakdown of things

With Connor Bedard-mania at full throttle after a hat trick during Saturday’s 5-0 win over St. Louis, fans will need to have tickets in hand (free of charge) to watch.

Practices and Camp Makes Way for Blackhawks Preseason Games

It’s only a few weeks away–September 28th to be exact–that the Blackhawks open up their preseason against St. Louis. Practices and camps are fine and good, but it’s the games fans are salivating for as it will begin to shed light on who could make the final roster.

There are plenty of names to consider and of course Bedard is a virtual lock. But the real fun in the preseason will be seeing which of the other youngsters hang on and make a real run at the opening night roster.

Predictions so far from CHN has been Kevin Korchinski and Wyatt Kaiser have the better odds–for different reasons covered at length here. Korchinski showed his smarts and skillset in the pair of showcase games. Kaiser, in just one game while donning a “C” on his sweater, may be a darkhorse to log some real minutes this year.

It may be a tired comparison at times, but both Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook took their lumps during the very trying 2005-06 season. That obvoiusly turned out well and there are more examples of that potential in the Blackhawks pipeline. Ethan Del Mastro is another–but I believe he needs a season in Rockford to get up to speed. But he too, during the showcase, looked strong.

The beauty for the Blackhawks is that they have time to let their prospects be nurtured in Rockford with bench boss Anders Sorensen.

What comes next is watching closely to see who indeed is closer to Chicago than the other.

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