When it comes down to ranking the intricacies of the NHL, whose opinion is better to trust than the players themselves?
The National Hockey League’s Players Association polled over 500 current players with issues like ranking coaches, officials, teams and on-ice matters on the ballot.
Blackhawks fans were rated the best fans in the league — garnering over 30 percent of the total vote. That “Madhouse on Madison” spirit brought the team 11 percent more votes than second place Nashville Predators.
Head coach Joel Quenneville was named the coach that players would most like to play for.
The United Center was voted the second favorite arena to play in, just a few percentage points shy of The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
And what about the guys that earned the Blackhawks these numbers?
Patrick Kane was voted the third most difficult player in the league to play against, behind Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid.
And hey, it’s not just about winning. Jonathan Toews received the second highest amount of votes for best role model and best team player both behind Crosby — two guys that young hockey fans have no trouble looking up to.
Check out the rest of the results here.
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On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Round 1 of the 2018 NHL Draft.
They discuss the pair of puck-carrying defensemen that the Blackhawks selected on Friday, Adam Boqvist and Nicolas Beaudin. When can we expect to see these first-round picks play in the NHL?
Boyle also goes 1-on-1 with Boqvist and Beaudin. The guys spoke with Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville on Friday.
The guys also share their biggest takeaways from those interviews, which includes your daily Corey Crawford update and Quenneville appeared excited that the team has plenty of cap space to spend in free agency.
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:
DALLAS — Despite taking Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks took a second defenseman at No. 27 with the selection of Nicolas Beaudin.
Beaudin is a 5-foot-11, 172-pound defenseman who prides himself on playing strong at both ends of the ice and tries modeling his game after Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins.
"I’m a two-way defenseman," Beaudin said. "I can provide offense, too. I’ve got a great IQ. I think in my zone I’m just getting better and better."
Beaudin is also a left-handed shot, which is something the Blackhawks could use more of in the organization along the blue line when it comes to impact-type players.
"Nicolas is a very efficient defender," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "He’s got a really nice skill set. He makes the game look pretty easy. He’s a smooth player, not a lot of panic to his game. He’s a good skater so when he has to turn back and get to the puck he can get there first. Usually he just gets his setup and makes the simple play.
"You watch him play and he makes it look really easy. He’s not a guy that’s getting run over a lot. He’s not a real big player, but he uses his brain really well and he had over a point a game, too. He’s got a good feel for making plays and scoring points."
The 18-year-old registered 69 points (12 goals, 57 assists) in 68 games with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL, and added three goals and eight assists in 10 postseason contests.
Beaudin is the third defenseman the Blackhawks have taken in the first round the last two years, with Henri Jokiharju and Boqvist being the other two.
"It’s a winning culture in Chicago," Beaudin said. "They won a lot. I know they’ve got some young guys coming in. For sure in the next few years I want to earn my place and I want to try to learn a lot from a guy like Duncan Keith."