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Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

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Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

The Blackhawks opened as early favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup just one week after capturing their third title in six years, and oddsmakers haven't wavered on that.

In fact, Bovada slightly increased the Blackhawks' chances to 13/2 odds after initially pegging them at 7/1 in June.

Despite a flurry of offseason moves and the uncertainty regarding Patrick Kane, oddsmakers still believe the Blackhawks have as good a chance as any to repeat, which hasn't happened since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings.

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The biggest jump on the list are the Dallas Stars, who skyrocketed from 66/1 odds to 28/1 after acquiring Patrick Sharp and Stephen Johns from the Blackhawks and signing Johnny Oduya, among their offseason additions.

Here is the full list of updated odds:

NHL team Updated odds at winning the Stanley Cup in 2016
Chicago Blackhawks 13/2
Anaheim Ducks 10/1
Los Angeles Kings 10/1
New York Rangers 10/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 10/1
Pittsburgh Penguins 14/1
St. Louis Blues 14/1
Minnesota Wild 16/1
Montreal Canadiens 18/1
Nashville Predators 18/1
Washington Capitals 18/1
Boston Bruins 20/1
New York Islanders 22/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 25/1
Calgary Flames 28/1
Dallas Stars 28/1
Detroit Red Wings 28/1
Winnipeg Jets 28/1
Edmonton Oilers 33/1
Ottawa Senators 40/1
San Jose Sharks 40/1
Vancouver Canucks 66/1
Colorado Avalanche 66/1
Florida Panthers 66/1
New Jersey Devils 75/1
Philadelphia Flyers 75/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 100/1
Buffalo Sabres 100/1
Carolina Hurricanes 100/1
Arizona Coyotes 150/1

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."