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Blackhawks know what Artemi Panarin is capable of

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Blackhawks know what Artemi Panarin is capable of

Artemi Panarin hasn’t practiced with the Blackhawks since the early days of training camp. And while he could rejoin teammates in the next day or two, he’s probably out for the team’s final two preseason games.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Panarin, who’s been sidelined with an upper-body injury, skated prior to the Blackhawks’ practice on Wednesday morning. While it looks like the young forward is getting healthy, Panarin will not play on Thursday night vs. the St. Louis Blues and is also likely out versus the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

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Panarin’s absence has made it tougher for him to get used to the Blackhawks’ system. But Quenneville still knows a good deal of what they get from the forward.

“I know we got to see him play off the bat,” Quenneville said following practice. “We’ve seen a little of his history last year as well. we know what he’s capable of. he definitely shows some upside with the puck, he has some skill. The finer things of the game that we’d like to measure players, we haven’t found out those areas. but it’s a good question. you don’t mind guys like that, the opportunity’s probably going to be there. We’ll have to work with him in practice."

Meanwhile, Bryan Bickell has practiced the last two days after missing Monday for a personal matter. As far as the vertigo he suffered from last spring – he said at Notre Dame that it still flares up now and then – Bickell said he’s getting better.

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“Different things were offset, now they’re getting back set. I’m actually improving,” he said. “I’ve seen a bunch of different doctors to help out in ways. I think we’ve pinpointed what it is. Every day you just work on it and get stronger and improve the things inside – that I don’t understand – to get better. It’s working.”

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Michal Rozsival (ankle) continues to skate but it’ll still be a while before he plays in games. “We’ll have a better indication when he joins us in our practices but he’s not close there, either,” Quenneville said.

Scott Darling is scheduled to play the entire game vs. St. Louis on Thursday night.

Start of the Blackhawks Dynasty, Part 4: Roster overview

Start of the Blackhawks Dynasty, Part 4: Roster overview

In a 10-part series, we look back at the 10-year anniversary of the 2008-09 season, the start of the Blackhawks dynasty.

Starting a dynasty means you have to identify a group of core players to build your team around. Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews were those guys, along with Marian Hossa, who joined that mix later on.

You also need a mixture of young talent and strong veterans to fill out the depth to become successful. That's exactly what the Blackhawks had at the beginning of their dynasty and throughout.

On the first day of NHL free agency in 2008, the Blackhawks inked All-Star defenseman Brian Campbell to an eight-year deal, which solidified Chicago as a destination players wanted to commit to long term. That same year, Kris Versteeg emerged as the Blackhawks' third Calder Trophy candidate in two years, Martin Havlat and Andrew Ladd set a career high in points with 77 and 49, respectively, while youngsters Dave Bolland, Troy Brouwer and Dustin Byfuglien began to make a name for themselves as valuable pieces to the puzzle.

"Real good group of guys," Joel Quenneville said on Oct. 18, 2008. "I can say that it's the first time I walked in the room where, wow, I was impressed."

Six of the Blackhawks' Top 10 scorers in 2008-09 were aged 23 or younger. The average age for the other four? 27. The youth movement was real and they all contributed in a big way.

Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, Connor Murphy to participate in USA's Stars and Stripes Showdown

Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, Connor Murphy to participate in USA's Stars and Stripes Showdown

In honor of the late executive Jim Johannson, who died unexpectedly in his sleep in January at the age of 53, USA Hockey is hosting a Stars and Stripes Showdown at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan on Sunday, Aug. 26 and three Blackhawks will be participating in it: Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane and Connor Murphy.

Kane served as USA's captain at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Denmark this past May and set a new American record with 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 10 tournament contests, which earned him MVP honors. DeBrincat had one goal and eight assists while Murphy led USA with a plus-7 rating.

Other star-studded headliners participating: Connor Hellebuyck, Seth Jones, Dylan Larkin, Auston Matthews, Charlie McAvoy, Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, James van Riemsdyk and Zach Werenski. It's a great group getting together to celebrate the life of Johannson, who was an instrumental part of USA Hockey's program for the last 18 years.

Tickets are being sold for $10 and $15, which you can purchase here. Doors open at 1 p.m. ET with the game starting at 2 p.m.

A few events that will occur throughout the game: a ceremonial puck drop, a live game-worn jersey auction, an online auction featuring game-worn jerseys and autographed NHL memorabilia, special raffles and an opportunity postgame to meet and greet select players and coaches. All proceeds will benefit both the Jim Johannson Legacy Fund of The USA Hockey Foundation and the Ellie Johannson College Fund.