The Blackhawks announced Monday that they signed Mark McNeill and Phillip Danault to three-year contracts.The two were the Blackhawks' first-round selections at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft last summer, with McNeill selected 18th overall and Danault going 26th overall.The 18-year-old McNeill has 38 points this season with the Prince Albert Raiders, good for second on the team. He is also second in the Western Hockey League with four short-handed goals. McNeill has a point in 18 of his last 19 games and currently has a nine-game point streak (nine goals, eight assists).Danault, also 18, is second on the Victoriaville Tigres in scoring with 28 assists. He has 34 points in 33 games this season.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Tracey Myers and Pat Boyle discuss Nick Schmaltz returning to the Blackhawks line-up on Wednesday night and which player is looking forward most to his return?
They also weigh in on Corey Crawford’s incredible start to the season and why he’s the major reason why the Hawks begin the week in first place in the Central.
They also discuss who is the biggest Hawks rivalry right now, which new defenseman has impressed the most and how is Connor Murphy dealing with being a healthy scratch at times this season?
Plus, they discuss someone other than Nick Schmaltz returning to work on Wednesday night.
Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:
Eddie Olczyk will return to the broadcast booth for Wednesday's Blackhawks-Blues game, according to USA Today's Kevin Allen.
The news comes six weeks after the Chicago legend began chemotherapy for colon cancer. And although he made a brief, emotional return on Oct. 7 -- putting on the headset to join Pat Foley for a moment during intermission -- he will provide color commentary for the entire game on Wednesday. He'll call the rivalry matchup alongside Doc Emrick on NBCSN.
Olczyk, who grew up in Palos Heights and attended Brother Rice, will take the mic again the following night as the Blackhawks welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the United Center. As for the rest of the season, he plans to work when his health allows.
“We have some dates that we have highlighted and hopefully I will be strong to do the job,” Olczyk told USA Today. “If I am not feeling good, I just have to be honest with everyone and tell them I can’t do it.”
It'll be nice to see Edzo back at work, providing dynamite analysis and passing along tips to all those young hockey players out there.