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Bowman: Hossa 'feeling much better'

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Bowman: Hossa 'feeling much better'

NEWARK, N.J. Marian Hossa didnt sound so good when he talked to the media on May 3, a little more than two weeks after Raffi Torres head shot on him gave him a concussion. But Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said his right wing is starting to feel more like himself.

Hossa is feeling much better, Bowman said Wednesday when he was in New York for a brief NHL general managers meeting. And while theres still plenty of offseason remaining, Bowman is hoping Hossa will be back on schedule.

Were sitting here in May, projecting out to training camp in September: I cant predict it, but Im very encouraged that hell be ready to participate by then, Bowman said. Hell get some rest here. I think hell be ready to go. He had a good (2011-12) season with that rest (last summer). Were hoping this summer will provide that, too.

Torres was suspended 25 games for that hit and recently looked to appeal that number. Gary Bettman said Wednesday that there will be a decision on Torres appeal in the not too distant future.

Yes, Hossa did benefit from the longer summer last season, both with production and lack of in-season injuries. The big difference this time is the big season-ending injury Hossa suffered in April, and the unpredictability of its recovery time.

So the Blackhawks will be encouraged by the reports theyre getting on Hossa. The forward spoke to the media earlier this month about his recovery, which wasnt going so well at the time. At the time Hossa was just starting to take walks again and had been sleeping a lot. Even then, however, he hoped the long summer would give him proper time to recover.

So far its small steps, but I believe Ill be ready, he said then. Its a long time until training camp and I have a long time to recover.

Would Wendell Carter Jr. be picked higher if the NBA Draft was today?

Would Wendell Carter Jr. be picked higher if the NBA Draft was today?

According to Bleacher Report, Wendell Carter Jr. would be taken fourth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies if the NBA were to redraft this year’s class based off of Summer League performances.

It may sound like a crazy concept (and it is), but Carter Jr. averaged the second most points, 14.6, through five July games in Las Vegas. He also averaged 9.4 rebounds and shot 55 percent from the field while averaging 28.8 minutes in his glamorous first-stint with Chicago. Those numbers are even more striking if you consider Carter Jr.’s 42.9 percent shooting from behind the three-point line.

Carter Jr., the real seventh overall pick of this year’s NBA Draft, looked like the all-around player the Bulls were hoping to get this offseason. He made his blocking abilities as a center known from the moment he stepped on the court in Summer League.

In their re-draft, Bleacher Report had Chicago using the No. 7 pick on the New York Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson, who was actually taken 36th overall in last month’s Draft.

Robinson, a center, averaged 13 points and 24.8 minutes per game over five Summer League contests. He was the best rebounder on his team with an average of 10.2 in the five games that the Knicks played.

The 20-year-old took the second most shots on the Knicks and had the highest field goal percentage at 67 percent, but Robinson did not have any three-point attempts.  What made his recent production seem even more surprising was the fact that the 7'1'' big man did not play a single minute of college basketball.

But would Robinson fit in the Bulls’ system?

Chicago has taken on an offense-first mentality, so Robinson would not be as great of a fit in the Bulls lineup as Carter Jr., but he would still be an impact player. He can be compared to the Bulls’ current center Robin Lopez, who averaged a similar amount of points per game (11.8 points in 26.4 minutes) last season as Robinson’s Summer League average (13 points in 24.8 minutes). And like Lopez, Robinson will likely be most effective around the basket and in the pick-and-roll.

Robinson would also have to learn the defensive concepts that a veteran like Lopez has mastered over his 10-year career.

Next season, the Bulls will have an exciting scoring trio of Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen and Carter Jr. in the frontcourt. And the fact that Carter Jr. is getting so much love in the national spotlight is yet another reason for Bulls fans to be excited about this upcoming season.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: What else can the Blackhawks do this summer?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: What else can the Blackhawks do this summer?

On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Charlie Roumeliotis is joined by Scott Powers of The Athletic to discuss Stan Bowman's comments following the Marian Hossa trade and debate whether they're finished making moves this summer.

They also provide their thoughts on the Blackhawks' top prospects and which players have caught their attention as development camp winds down.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: