Brandon Saad, that is all.

Brandon Saad, that is all.

Before the Blackhawks face the Predators tonight, I want to comment on yesterday's game. Between family stuff yesterday, and class beginning in about 30 minutes today, I don't have much time, so bare with me.

The most important elements that I can take away from the smashing handed to the Wings, are that yes, the Hawks needed a reason to show up, and that the youth in this organization are reason enough to get excited.

Jeremy Morin was called up from Rockford, and on his first shift scored a goal. The first of the game, it showed his ability to get in the right places, and his scoring touch. In fact, Morin was pretty much in all of the right places all night, and ended up generating some offensive chances throughout the match. I was hoping to see a little playing with the lines in the 3rd period given the score. These types of games always present an opportunity for a practice session in my opinion. Moving Morin to Kane's line could have been interesting.

Brandon Saad is averaging a point per game in his last 15. Yesterday he showed how pretty he can make those 15 points at times. But this isn't even the main reason to celebrate his play. It is what Saad is doing when he doesn't have the puck that really excites. He is the total package, and can we please accept that there is no need to have Hossa on that line when he comes back?

Hey Bolland was noticeable, he had 2 goals on a night that Kaner had zero points. Kane is getting better everywhere on the ice though, and his contributions are felt not just on the scoresheet these days.

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  • I don't mind the recent losses and think the Hawks are right where they want to be. I like that they're flying a bit more under the radar now (thank you, Pens), and love that they are not risking injury by over-playing when they don't really need to. Taking their time with Hossa and Sharp is pure luxury due to their amazing start. Great things to come from Saad, and is there anything more beautiful than watching Leddy effortlessly turn on the jets?

  • BT-Dubs, The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

    He wins face-offs, and is big, but I have to go with a "Not the Droid we were looking for" on this one.

    I like that it proves Stan isn't buying the same stuff we aren't buying, but Handzus can't skate, se he will only be on the 4th line and for important draws. Since we gave nothing up for it, maybe it works out in the positive, but I see some potentially bad moves that result.

    One such move is Kruger finding a promotion. I like Kruger, have been over joyed with his performance this year, but a 3rd or 2nd line center he is not. Plus, it might start to hurt his success on the PK, which Handzus might see time on (which also scares me a bit). To be continued.

  • In reply to Hostile Hawk:

    Well, we didn't get him for a handful of magic beans, but it's close. SJ has been scratching him, so hopefully he has something to prove. Maybe he can teach the youngsters something about winning faceoffs.

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