Chicago Blackhawks: Shawn Lalonde
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.”
Hayes had one goal and two assists in nine games with the Blackhawks earlier this season. He had 25 goals and 20 assists in 67 games with the IceHogs this season.
Morin had one goal in two games with the Blackhawks earlier this season. He had 30 goals and 28 assists in 67 games with the IceHogs this season.
Pirri led the AHL with 75 points, which included 22 goals and 53 assists, in 76 games this season. He had 12 points in the final four games. He has played in six career NHL games with the Blackhawks.
Smith had 27 goals and 20 assists in 54 games with the IceHogs this season. He has played in 19 regular-season games and seven playoff games for the Blackhawks in his career.
Clendening ranked second among AHL defensemen with 46 points, which included nine goals and 37 assists, in 73 games for the IceHogs this season. He also had a plus-17 rating. He has not played in the NHL.
Lalonde had five goals and 18 assists in 59 games for the IceHogs. He has not played in the NHL.
Montador had two goals and three assists in 14 games for the IceHogs this season. He missed a majority of the season with an upper-body injury. He has 131 points in 571 career NHL games.
Karlsson had an 11-5-0 record with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage in 18 games with the IceHogs this season. He has played in 26 career NHL games.
Blackhawk prospects will get a jump on training camp when they compete in the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie tournament beginning Sept. 11 in Toronto.
The Hawks will send a team made up of three first round picks including forwards Kyle Beach and Philippe Paradis along with defenseman Nick Leddy. Top prospects Shawn Lalonde, Igor Makarov, and Jeremy Morin will also participate.
The squad will play three games over the course of four days against prospects from Toronto, Ottawa, and Pittsburgh.
Bill Peters, the head coach of the Rockford Ice Hogs, and his staff, will coach the prospects in Toronto.
The future of the Chicago Blackhawks will be on display this coming September when several of the team's top prospects compete in the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament.
The Blackhawks roster will include 2008 first-round selection Kyle Beach, defenseman Shawn Lalonde, who notched a career-high 56 points with the Bellevill Bulls of the OHL this past season, and Jeremy Morin, who scored 47 goals for the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers. The team also will include Chris DiDomenico and Phillipe Paradis, both of whom were acquired through a trade with Toronto this summer.
The Hawks will compete against squads of prospects from the Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins. The event is begins on Saturday, Sept. 11, at John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario.