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Brian Campbell impressed by Adam Boqvist's rookie season

Brian Campbell impressed by Adam Boqvist's rookie season

 

Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup champ Brian Campbell — currently a player development coach with Chicago — took on an active role with rookie defenseman Adam Boqvist's development. On the latest installment of "Chevy Drives", Campbell tells NBC Sports Chicago's Pat Boyle, that he likes what he sees of the 19-year-old defenseman. 

"There's definitely been a lot of strides that he's taken," Campbell said of the Blackhawks' No. 8 overall pick of the 2018 NHL Draft. Boqvist played with the Hawks' American Hockey League affiliate the Rockford IceHogs earlier this season before joining Chicago.

"The American League is a tough league to play in and I thought Adam was doing really well and kind of finding his way. A lot of times people say the American League is harder to play in than the NHL, especially for a skilled guy like Adam. Then he gets up here and you can see how well he's doing with Duncan Keith and some of the plays he's made, some of the goals he's had."

Campbell made several trips to Ontario to visit Boqvist when he was playing for the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League after he was drafted. 

"I've been impressed," Campbell said. "I didn't think he'd be at this point already. Even seeing him, he came back down to Rockford during their break, and [I] was just kind of praising him and telling him I'm proud of him. I feel like he's kind of like a little, younger brother to me. I'm proud to see where he is now and really looking forward to seeing where he's going to go."

Boqvist impressed the rest of the organization to land in Chicgao for the majority of this season and take on big minutes and big responsibilities like quarterbacking the power play on the Hawks' top unit.

"He's a really mature kid for . . . even in London, it was like, 'Okay, how are you getting around here?' There's only so much you can do [in] hockey if you're not with that person day-to-day and allowed to go in and really kind of coach them," Campbell said. "For me, I think it was more or less, 'Okay, when are you getting your workouts in,' because as you know the NHL schedule is very busy, you got to find time to get workouts in to keep your strength in your legs or else the second half of your year, you're going to start to fall through, you won't be as strong.

"So just those little insights and talks and sometimes, you can even see it in Rockford, he'd get frustrated when he wasn't getting the puck in areas, and should he get the puck in those areas? Yeah, but I'm like, 'Don't worry, once you get playing in the NHL you're going to get pucks in those areas and you have to be ready and prepared to be effective that way.'

"There's lots of little things that you can go through, the daily routine and the daily grind. Mentally, we talked a little bit about that, being prepared. He's a kid that wants to learn and he listens and asks questions. He even asked questions about my career and that only makes you a better person when you're trying to learn more and prepare yourself to be the best you can."

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Blackhawks re-sign Matthew Highmore, Kevin Lankinen and agree to terms with two prospects

Blackhawks re-sign Matthew Highmore, Kevin Lankinen and agree to terms with two prospects

The Blackhawks announced Thursday they have re-signed pending restricted free agent forward Matthew Highmore and goaltender Kevin Lankinen and agreed to terms with forward prospects Evan Barratt and Andrei Altybarmakyan on entry-level contracts.

Highmore's deal is for two years that runs through the 2021-22 season and carries a $725,000 average annual value (AAV). Lankinen's deal is also for two years that runs through the 2021-22 campaign and carries a $800,000 AAV.

Barratt's deal is for three years that runs through the 2022-23 season and carries an $870,000 AAV while Altybarmakyan's is a two-year deal that runs through the 2021-22 campaign and carries a $817,500 AAV.

Highmore has six points (two goals, four assists) in 36 games with the Blackhawks this season, and registered 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 21 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Lankinen went 8-10-2 with a 3.03 goals-against average and .909 save percentage for Rockford before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery on March 2.

Barratt, who was drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round (No. 90 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, is the most notable signing. He registered a team-high 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points in 34 games during his junior season at Penn State, and was also a Hobey Baker nominee in 2019 after setting career-highs in goals (16), assists (27) and points (43) as a sophomore.

Altybarmakyan was also taken in the third round (No. 70 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. He registered career highs in goals (six), assists (11) and points (17) in 49 games this season for HK Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League, and appeared in three games for HK Tambov of the VHL.

With the re-signing of Highmore and Lankinen, the Blackhawks now have nine pending restricted free agents, which most notably includes Drake Caggiula, Dominik Kubalik and Dylan Strome.

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Hawks Rewind: Blackhawks get off to a good start in San Jose

Hawks Rewind: Blackhawks get off to a good start in San Jose

New day, new Hawks Rewind, new series. Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago you can re-watch the 2010 Blackhawks inch closer to their first Stanley Cup in 49 years when they take on the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the 2010 Western Conference Final.

The Hawks had just clinched in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Vancouver Canucks in a 5-1 blowout. 

Now, heading into San Jose to open the series, there was even more at stake with the winner going to the big dance for the Cup.

Dustin Byfuglien and Patrick Sharp continued their fabulous postseason performances for Chicago.

After trailing 1-0 off a Jason Demers first-period power-play goal, Sharp tied it 1-1 at 7:44 of the second period. Duncan Keith and Troy Brouwer assisted on the goal.

Then, Byfuglien put the Blackhawks ahead at 13:15 of the third period for the 2-1 final score. 

Antti Niemi made 44 saves in his first contest against the Sharks. The Hawks goalie helped Chicago kill four of five power plays including a San Jose 6-on-4 in the final minute.

The victory ended a streak of four straight series-opening losses for the Blackhawks.

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