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Blackhawks: Trevor Daley exits game early after scary collision

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Blackhawks: Trevor Daley exits game early after scary collision

The scene was a scary one, with Trevor Daley lying prone after taking a knee to the head.

While his status isn't known right now, it was at least a good sign that the Blackhawks defenseman went off the ice on his own and not on the stretcher that was brought out for him.

Daley left the game with an upper-body injury after taking a knee to the head/neck area, and coach Joel Quenneville didn’t have much of an update immediately following the Blackhawks’ 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

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Daley had just taken a feed from Corey Crawford and passed up ice at the 10:44 mark of the second period. As Daley did he was leaning forward and Chris Thorburn’s knee caught the Blackhawks defenseman in the head/neck area. Daley was down for several moments and the Blackhawks brought a stretcher onto the ice. Daley, however, skated off on his own power, albeit gingerly.

Quenneville did not believe Daley went to the hospital; Quenneville added that he should know more about Daley on Monday.

“It’s something you don’t want to see. It occurs rarely but when it does it hits you in the pit of your stomach,” Quenneville said. “You have your fingers crossed, you hope for the best and seeing him come off the ice on his own power was certainly better news.”

The energy seemed to leave the game for the rest of the second period before the Blackhawks scored two in the third.

“That’s pretty scary,” Corey Crawford said. “I didn’t see what happened, how it happened, but you see him lying on the ice and he wasn’t moving much. I mean, you never want to see that happen to one of your teammates or one of the players on the other team. Everyone plays hard but those type of situations are always scary.”

NHL Draft Profile: F Filip Zadina

NHL Draft Profile: F Filip Zadina

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Filip Zadina

Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 195 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"He's got the puck skills, is a good skater, and is a guy with some high-end offensive talent. He wants to get right in there and play where it's hard and where you get rewarded. When he gets that puck on his stick, he wants to bury it."

NHL player comparable: Marian Hossa

Fit for Blackhawks:

You know who the Blackhawks missed last year? Hossa. It's not mentioned enough when analyzing what went wrong in 2017-18. 

Well, Zadina is a player who's got the upside of Hossa and is one of a few prospects who could potentially crack the NHL lineup this upcoming season. The scouting report above is all you need to know about Zadina's style of play, and Blackhawks fans surely nodded through the whole thing because it's exactly what the team is looking for.

However, this is a case where the Blackhawks would have to trade up to snag him if they want him, because there's little chance he'll be on the board when the eighth pick rolls around. And it's probably unlikely they would do so, given what it may take to move up a few spots.

NHL Draft Profile: D Evan Bouchard

NHL Draft Profile: D Evan Bouchard

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Evan Bouchard

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 193 pounds
Shoots: Right

Scouting report:

"A highly intelligent defenseman with exceptional vision and offensive instincts. He reads the play very well and his passing ability allows him to be a constant threat in his team's transition game. He's one of the top offensive-defenseman in the Canadian Hockey League and magician-like when quarterbacking the power play."

NHL player comparable: John Carlson/Alex Pietrangelo

Fit for Blackhawks:

At 6-foot-2, 193 pounds, Bouchard is one of the most NHL-ready defensemen in this year's draft and that could be appetizing for a team like the Blackhawks, who are looking for immediate help on the blue line. But Bouchard is a right-handed shot, and drafting him would add a third high-end right-handed shot defenseman to the organization, along with prospects Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell.

You can never have enough of them, but there's only room for three before somebody would have to play on their off hand and that would mean the third would be playing on the bottom pairing. All three of these players have Top 4 potential.

Still, that may not even come into play here. The Blackhawks will seek to take the best available player, like they always have. And if they feel it's Bouchard, they'll do it.