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Hawks Talk Podcast: Building the Blackhawks draft board with Mark Kelley

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Building the Blackhawks draft board with Mark Kelley

On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Blackhawks vice president of amateur scouting Mark Kelley joins Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis to discuss NHL Draft preparations.

Kelley talks about whether there's added pressure in picking third overall, what goes into the scouting meetings at this time of year and how deep the first round is in terms of high-end talent. Kelley also provides brief scouting reports on a handful of top prospects, and whether the Blackhawks are leaning a certain direction at No. 3.

0:42 - Is there more pressure coming into the draft picking at No. 3?

1:45 - Different feel organizationally picking third this year vs. 2006 (Jonathan Toews)

2:45 - Is the expectation that Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko will go 1 and 2?

4:05 - The Blackhawks control their destiny at No. 3

4:40 - Did the lottery throw a curveball into draft process?

5:35 - Inside the current scouting meetings

6:20 - What the Blackhawks were keying in on at Under-18 World Championship

7:15 - Best available player?

9:20 - Scouting reports on top draft prospects

13:13 - Building roster built for regular season and playoffs?

13:50 - Having a pool of players to choose from vs. a clear-cut player at No. 3

14:40 - What you're looking for at the NHL Draft combine

16:15 - Do the scouting meetings ever get intense?

18:20 - So, are the Blackhawks leaning a certain way at No. 3 yet?

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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Blackhawks' Alex Nylander and brother William providing meals for essential workers

Blackhawks' Alex Nylander and brother William providing meals for essential workers

During this time of a global pandemic where healthcare workers risk their well-being to keep us safe, and essential works do the same to keep business operating, many teams and athletes have stepped up to do their part and assist their local heroes. Count the Nylander brothers, Alex of the Blackhawks and William of the Maple Leafs, as the latest to chip in for the cause.

Alex and William have partnered up with local restaurants of Stockholm and Toronto to help feed frontline workers and those in need.



“We have partnered with some of our favorite restaurants so that healthy meals can be prepared and delivered to frontline heroes and others in need,” said William. “In Chicago, we are supporting local food banks," added Alex.

As Alex and William both prepare for the NHL’s postseason, the brothers hope to continue to provide and deliver meals to frontline workers and those in need while bringing awareness to COVID-19 in the process.

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Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan skating in Ottawa a positive sign for Hawks

Blackhawks defenseman Calvin de Haan skating in Ottawa a positive sign for Hawks

The NHL has yet to formally enter Phase 2 of their Return To Play protocol, where players can take part in voluntary practices and workouts in small groups at team facilities, but with gradual reopenings across North America, players are slowly ramping up on-ice activities if rinks are allowing them to. 

One of the players that could give the Blackhawks a boost in the 24-team format is Calvin de Haan, who has returned to on-ice activity in Ottawa.

 

de Haan is a native of Carp, Ontario, just outside of Ottawa, and took to the ice just a couple days after the NHL announced its Return To Play plan officially. The 29-year old defenseman was placed on long-term injured reserve after sustaining another shoulder injury in December, forcing him to miss the remainder of the regular season. 



de Haan skated along with Islanders forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Ceci and Riley Brace, who plays professionally in Switzerland. Earlier in the day, Flyers star Claude Giroux also took the ice at the Minto Skating Centre in Ottawa. 

Related: What Blackhawks' roster could look like vs. Oilers

The NHL hopes to officially enter Phase 2 in early June while reports say the NHL will not begin Phase 3 of the Return To Play plan until at least July 10.

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