(This post has a fuck ton of videos)
Today was Day 1 for the Blackhawks Development Camp. This week, we’ll be able to see some Hawk’s draft picks and newly acquired players get to know one another both on and off the ice. It also gives the front office an idea of who they might want to keep around with either a new contract or give them another year to develop. Fans also get to have a look at players they maybe haven’t seen or heard of before.
Camp isn’t just for the newest players either.
There was the return of some familiar faces such as Adam Boqvist, a defenseman drafted 8th overall by the Blackhawks in 2018. Boqvist played in the OHL last season with a whopping 60 points (20 G 40 A) in 54 games. It’s unclear if we’ll see Boqvist in the NHL or AHL this season. He told the media: “I want to turn pro quick and I think I’m pretty ready for that. … I’m just trying to go out there and show them that I want to be on the team and everything, do my best every day.” (x)
Ian Mitchell made his return to Blackhawks’ Development Camp as well. Mitchell, a defenseman, was drafted in 2017, 57th overall and has been playing with the University of Denver for the past 2 years. Over the past 2 seasons with Denver, he has played in 80 games with 57 points (8 G 49 A). Mitchell will return to Denver for next season and wear the “C” for the team as a Junior. Mitchell did tell the press that he does plan on signing with the Hawks, which some people questioned when he announced he’ll be in Denver one more season. But Mitchell reassured fans and the media by saying:
“I just want to make it known that my intentions are to sign with the Blackhawks, 100 percent. It’s just I’ll be going back for one more year. I don’t want people to think I may be bailing because loyalty is very important to me and that’s why I’m going back to Denver, but that’s also why I want to sign with the Blackhawks. They’ve been great to me.” (x)
Hawks fans did get a chance to see the newly drafted Blackhawks too.
The Blackhawks draft pick, Kirby Dach was shining at camp today. You can read more about Dach here. Dach went 3rd overall back in June and today, he lit it up today on the ice, giving Blackhawks’ fans an exciting look into the future. Look at this:
Also on the ice was Alex Vlasic, drafted 43rd overall this summer. The defenseman played with USNTDP U18s last season and collected 23 assists in 61 games. We won’t see him on the ice with the Blackhawks this fall, instead he’ll be playing at Boston University but he did make a great first impression during Day 1.
Alexander Nylander, recently acquired by the Hawks in a trade, was on the ice with the kids today too. He played around with Dach and Reese Johnson. Some people are still unsure of this trade (and if you’re still bitching about it on Twitter, get over it) but Nylander is excited for this fresh start. Nylander told the press: “I think it’s a real good fit for me here.” And I’m here for that positivity.
The Blackhawks also had a new tactic involved at training today. They had prospects on the ice with a video screen and skates.
The Development Camp continues this week through Friday.
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