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Blackhawks recall Salak with Emery out of practice

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Blackhawks recall Salak with Emery out of practice

Corey Crawford was back after taking the last two days for maintenance. Ray Emery was out with the flu. Alex Salak was recalled from the Rockford IceHogs.

The goaltending merry-go-round was in full effect on Wednesday morning. And while Crawford said he was feeling better in his return to practice, coach Joel Quenneville said he will not announce the starting goaltender against Winnipeg until Thursday morning.

So, as of today, it's could be any of the three?

"As of this moment that's a good statement," Quenneville said.

Crawford missed the past two days with an undisclosed injury he suffered in one of the first two games. He said the groin injury, which hampered him at the end of preseason, is "not an issue."

Quenneville hopes Emery is back Thursday morning. But Salak is here if necessary. While it wouldn't be surprising if Crawford does start on Thursday, it may also not be a bad idea to rest him. It's early, it's a long season, and while there'll be some hooplah with the return of the Jets -- and former Blackhawks Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd -- Winnipeg is not a divisional game.

Crawford, who did some extra drills with goaltending coach Stephan Waite before Wednesday's practice, said he could play on Thursday.

"I felt good today in the full practice," he said. "It's not bothering me, so that's good."

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft

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:

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

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."