Chicago Blackhawks: Drew LeBlanc

Prospect watch: Whitney has surgery

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Here’s a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are doing throughout the world:

Brandon Whitney, goaltender, Victoriaville Tigres (QJMHL), drafted seventh round in 2012: The 19-year-old Whitney suffered four fractures near his larynx and underwent successful surgery last week after taking a puck to his throat during a practice, according to a Tigres’ news release. He was coming off shutouts in two of his previous three games. He’s 12-22-0 with a 3.23 goals-against average and .907 save percentage this season.

Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (NCAA), drafted first round in 2010: The 21-year-old Hayes, a senior, has been one of the Blackhawks’ hottest prospects this season. He’s currently on an eight-game points streak dating back to Nov. 29. He has seven goals and 10 assists during that span. He had a goal and an assist in Boston College’s 3-3 tie with Brown on Saturday and a goal and two assists in its 5-2 win over Providence on Friday. He’s third in the country with 35 points.

Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (Finland), drafted 1st round in 2012: The 19-year-old Teravainen continued his hot roll in his first game back with Jokerit after dominating the World Junior Championship. He had three assists in Jokerit’s 4-3 win over Espoo Blues on Friday.

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Prospect Watch: Broadhurst excelling

November, 21, 2013
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Here's a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are doing this season:

Alex Broadhurst, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Broadhurst was rewarded for his play this season when he was called up to the Blackhawks last week. He was reassigned back to the IceHogs on the same day, but he hasn't let that affect him with three points in his last three games. He has five goals and nine assists on the season and is second on the team with 14 points.

Drew LeBlanc, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
LeBlanc had a goal and an assist in the IceHogs' 4-2 loss to the Abbotsford Heat on Wednesday, snapping a streak of seven games without a point. He has four goals and five assists on the season.

Brandon Whitney, goaltender, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
Whitney hasn't been getting much help defensively this season, and his goals-against average has paid for it. He has a 3.62 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. He's faced 30-plus shots in six starts in November. He made 46 saves in a 5-2 loss to Val-d'Or on Nov. 6. He's given up just two goals in his last two starts and made a combined 69 saves in the two games.

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Prospects watch: Raanta makes debut

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Here’s a look at how some of the Chicago Blackhawks' prospects are faring throughout the world:

Antti Raanta, goaltender, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Raanta, a free-agent signing last season, bounced back from his recent leg injury and played in his first full game for the IceHogs on Friday. He stopped 20-of-22 shots in a 5-2 win over the Lake Erie Monster. He played in his second game on Saturday and made 31 saves on 35 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Monster.

Ryan Hartman, forward, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Hartman, the Blackhawks’ 2013 first-round pick, has been on a tear to start the OHL season. He had six goals and five assists in 11 games. He had two assists in the Whaler’s 4-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday.

Travis Brown, defenseman, Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Brown, a 2012 fifth-round pick, has had the hottest start among the Blackhawks’ prospects. He has three goals and 12 assists through 10 games for the Warriors. He had one goal and three assists in two games over the weekend.

Brandon Whitney, goaltender, Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
Whitney, a 2012 seventh-round pick, has a 6-4 record, 2.72 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 10 games for the Tigres. He recorded his first shutout of the season in a 31-save performance against the Shawinigan Cataractes on Friday.

Teuvo Teravainen, forward, Jokerit (SM-liiga in Finland)
Teravainen, a 2012 first-round pick, has gotten off to a slow start this season. He has one goal and one assist through nine games for Jokerit.

Alex Broadhurst, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Broadhurst, a 2011 seventh-round pick, has accumulated four points, including three assists, in the IceHogs’ first four games. He had two assists in a win over the Lake Erie Monster on Friday.

Anthony Louis, forward, Miami Ohio (Freshman)
Louis, a 2013 sixth-round pick, tallied his first college goal and assist last weekend against Ohio State.

Adam Clendening, defenseman, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Clendening, a 2011 second-round pick, shares the IceHogs’ team lead with four points.

Matt Tomkins, goaltender, Ohio State (Freshman)
Tomkins, a 2012 seventh-round pick, started his first collegiate game and made 32 saves in a 6-3 loss to Miami of Ohio on Saturday.

Tyler Motte, forward, Michigan (Freshman)
Motte, a 2013 fourth-round pick, scored his first college goal in a 7-2 win over RIT on Saturday.

Drew LeBlanc, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
LeBlanc, a free-agent signing last season, scored his first two professional goals in the IceHogs’ 5-2 win over the Lake Erie Monser on Friday. He also had an assist on the season.

Vince Hinostroza, forward, Notre Dame (Freshman)
Hinostroza, a 2012 sixth-round pick, record his first college goal and assist in a 4-0 win over Western Michigan on Friday.

Chris Calnan, forward, Boston College (Freshman)
Calnan, a 2012 third-round pick, tallied his first college goal and assist in a 7-2 win over Rensselaer on Sunday.

Kevin Hayes, forward, Boston College (Senior)
Hayes, a 2010 first-round pick, had one goal and two assists in Boston College’s 7-2 win over Rensselaer on Sunday.

Justin Holl, defenseman, Minnesota (Senior)
Holl, a 2010 second-round pick, had two assists and a plus-2 rating in a 3-2 win over New Hampshire on Saturday. He had the primary assist on two of the goals.

Jeremy Morin, forward, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Morin, who was acquired in a trade in 2010, has apparently remained motivated after being among the Blackhawks’ final training camp cuts. He leads the IceHogs with 13 shots on goal. He had one goal and two assists through four games.

Hawks down to 28 after latest cuts

September, 24, 2013
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The Chicago Blackhawks continued to trim their roster Tuesday, making eight more cuts.

Forwards Drew LeBlanc, Terry Broadhurst, Phillip Danault, Byron Froese and Kyle Beach and goaltender Antti Raanta were assigned to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.

Forwards Brad Mills and Maxim Shalunov were released from training camp, and both will report to the IceHogs’ training camp. Mills is on an AHL contract and Shalunov is on a tryout agreement.

The Blackhawks’ active roster now includes 28 players. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville recently said he expected to keep 23 players.

The Blackhawks will play their final preseason game Saturday before the season opener Oct. 1.

Blackhawks training camp observations

September, 15, 2013
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Here are some observations from the four days of the Chicago Blackhawks training camp at Notre Dame:

  • Brandon Saad looked more comfortable playing center as the week went along. Early in the week he often glided to the left side of the rink and was getting ahead of the play. By Sunday he was waiting for the puck and skating down the middle of the ice. He’s also looking to distribute more and had a couple impressive passes. Faceoffs will be a work in progress for him, and he has to get more repetitions in.

  • Duncan Keith appeared to have some aggression to get out the past few days. He went all out on Ben Smith in a fight on Saturday. He was on the verge of another fight with Jimmy Hayes on Sunday. He knocked Hayes in the face wearing his glove, and the two had to be separated. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville downplayed both incidents, but they did seem out of the ordinary.

  • Hayes had to put himself in a good position for a roster spot with his play over the last three days. He’s got a big frame, but he also has a lot of speed and quickness. He was often around the puck and created a number of scoring chances. He scored goals on Saturday and Sunday.

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    Top storylines countdown: 40-31

    September, 6, 2013
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    Jonathan Toews and Patrick KaneVictor Decolongon/Getty ImagesLocking up Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to new extensions will be a priority for the Blackhawks.
    ESPNChicago.com's Blackhawks reporter Scott Powers is counting down this season's top-50 storylines over the next week leading into training camp. Here's the second installment:

    40. Kane and Toews extensions
    Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews aren't unrestricted free agents until after the 2014-15 season and can't negotiate contract extensions until after the 2013-14 season, but still expect this to be a storyline throughout this season. Those deals are Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman's priorities, and he's been planning for them for a long time. Everything Bowman has done -- the extensions he gave Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson, signing restricted free agents, etc. -- has been with Kane's and Toews' contracts in mind. The salary cap is expected to be raised in the future, which will help the Blackhawks. Kane and Toews have implied they'd like to remain in Chicago and may be willing to give the Blackhawks a hometown deal. To put both among the top-15 paid players in the NHL, the Blackhawks would have to give them around $7.5 million each.

    39. The No. 3 shootout shooter
    The Blackhawks were slightly above .500 in shootouts last season with a 6-5 record. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville turned to Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in every shootout last season, and the pair scored 11 of the team's 16 shootout goals. But Quenneville couldn't consistently decide on a No. 3 shooter and used a number of different players there. Marian Hossa, Michal Rozsival, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Patrick Sharp were among the players to get multiple shootout attempts last season. Of the group, Hossa was the only player to score more than one goal. He had two goals in three attempts. It will be interesting to see whether Quenneville sticks with Hossa as the No. 3 shooter this season or goes a different route.

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    Blackhawks take part in rookie tournament

    September, 5, 2013
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    Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad were among the participants the last time the Chicago Blackhawks were involved in a rookie tournament.

    That was September of 2011. Shaw earned a spot on the Blackhawks’ NHL roster that season, and Saad also made his NHL debut in the 2011-12 season and then became a permanent fixture in the NHL last season.

    After missing out on a rookie tournament last season because of the NHL lockout, the Blackhawks have teamed up with the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs again to create a round-robin tournament in London, Ontario beginning Thursday. The Blackhawks will play the Maple Leafs at 6 p.m. CST on Thursday, the Senators at 1 p.m. on Saturday and the Penguins at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

    There’s no guarantee any of the Blackhawks on this year’s rookie tournament roster will appear in the NHL this season, but it will be another opportunity to impress with Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville expected to be in attendance.

    Four players on the Blackhawks’ rookie tournament roster who could have a shot at seeing NHL time this season are forwards Phillip Danault, Drew LeBlanc, Mark McNeil and Garret Ross. Danault, McNeil and Ross finished up their junior careers last season, and LeBlanc joined the Blackhawks late in the season after completing his college career. All four are expected to be at the Blackhawks training camp.

    “I think first of all it gives the young players right off the start a chance to show management and scouts what they’ve been working on all summer, how hard they’ve worked,” Blackhawks hockey administration director and minor league affiliations general manager Mark Bernard said in a recent phone interview. “It’s a chance to play against players at their level. It’s not like putting them against Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp, and they’re going to be intimidated.

    “I think it’s also useful because they don’t know each other. For Phillip Danault, Garret Ross, Mark McNeil, it’s time to together to form chemistry and create relationships on and off the ice. Whether their seasons start in Rockford or Chicago, they can get off to a good start. All of these guys have been quality players at the junior level or college level, and we want them to get back to that as professionals.”

    Defenseman Dylan Olsen, forwards Terry Broadhurst, Alex Broadhurst, Byron Froese and David Gilbert and goaltender Mac Carruth are also on the rookie tournament roster and are expected to begin the season with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.

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    Changes at center could be in Hawks' future

    August, 1, 2013
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    Brandon SaadBill Smith/NHLI/Getty ImagesThe Blackhawks are hoping Brandon Saad will emerge as the answer as a second-line center.
    CHICAGO -- Changes are likely coming for the Chicago Blackhawks in the not-so-distant future.

    Don't worry, the core will likely stay intact. There isn't expected to be much turnover in the team's wingers and defensemen. Wings Bryan Bickell, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp and defensemen Duncan Keith, Nick Leddy, Johnny Oduya, Michal Rozsival and Brent Seabrook are all signed through at least the 2014-2015 season.

    Where change may occur, though, is at center. Aside from Jonathan Toews, there's plenty of uncertainty over which players will fill the team's centermen roles in the future.

    Some center changes will arrive next season. Most notably, the second-line center is up for grabs again.

    Brandon Pirri, Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger and Michal Handzus, all of whom have played center in the past, were thought to be the logical choices for the spot. But Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville did away with that assumption when he recently said Saad, who has mostly played left wing in his career, will be given first crack at the second-line center opening.

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    Hawks sign LeBlanc, Peckham, Kostka

    July, 19, 2013
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    The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed forward Drew LeBlanc to a two-year contract and signed defensemen Theo Peckham and Michael Kostka to one-year contracts on Friday.

    The 24-year-old LeBlanc was originally signed by the Blackhawks in April after completing his senior season at St. Cloud State. He won the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award after having 13 goals and 37 assists in 42 games for the Huskies. He played in two regular-season games with the Blackhawks.

    The 25-year-old Peckham played last season with the Edmonton Oilers and the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons. He had six penalty minutes in four games with the Oilers and had one assist and 29 penalty minutes in four games with the Barons. He played in 160 career games with the Oilers from 2007-2013. He was an unrestricted free agent.

    The 27-year-old Kostka played last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. He had eight assists and 27 penalty minutes in 35 regular-season games with the Maple Leafs and appeared in one playoff game. He had six goals and 28 assists in 34 games with the Marlies. He was an unrestricted free agent.

    GM: Hawks in good position going forward

    July, 5, 2013
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    Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman was more than fine with being a minor participant in the first day of NHL free agency on Friday.

    Bowman’s lone moves Friday were signing Nikolai Khabibulin to be a backup goaltender and re-signing forward Michal Handzus and defenseman Michal Rozsival. He also previously re-signed forward Bryan Bickell and defenseman Nick Leddy.

    “I’ve always had the philosophy if you’re relying on the free-agent period in July to save your team, it’s probably not the prescription we’re looking for,” Bowman said on Friday night. “Adding a player here and there is certainly understandable. Bryan Bickell, I guess, could fall into that category. We got him signed a week ago leading into this. He’s the only guy you can put into that category for us, the frenzy.

    “I think the way to build success and sustain it is through the draft and develop your players and add in the occasional player through free agency. If I had my choice, I would do it the way we’ve done it recently which is develop from within, have your young players emerge over time, don’t rush them to the NHL and really use the draft and the development of your young players as a way to find really good players. Fortunately, we’ve been able to do that. When we find a group that has had success, we can keep it together like we have this summer. That’s the preferred method for us. I think it’s the most prudent way in the salary cap world to sustain success.”

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    LeBlanc added to U.S. national team

    April, 29, 2013
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    Chicago Blackhawks rookie forward Drew LeBlanc was one of five players named to the 2013 U.S. Men’s National Team on Monday.

    LeBlanc, who is from Duluth, Minn., signed with the Blackhawks on April 12 after completing his senior season at St. Cloud State. He won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which is given to the most outstanding NCAA player, and had 13 goals and 37 assists in 42 games for St. Cloud State this season. He played two games for the Blackhawks in the regular season.

    The U.S. Men’s National Team now has 23 players on its roster leading up to the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship, which will be held May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

    Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is one of eight people on the national team advisory group.

    Sharp back, LeBlanc to make debut

    April, 24, 2013
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    EDMONTON -- Patrick Sharp is back in the lineup, Ray Emery gets the start in goal and Drew LeBlanc will be making his NHL debut Wednesday as the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Edmonton Oilers.

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    Blackhawks sign NCAA POY LeBlanc

    April, 12, 2013
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    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms on a one-year contract with St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc on Friday, the same day the forward won the Hobey Baker Award given to the nation's top college hockey player.

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