Eddie Olczyk 'trusts' decision by Blackhawks to allow Kane at camp


Eddie Olczyk 'trusts' decision by Blackhawks to allow Kane at camp

Despite the ongoing police investigation in his hometown of Buffalo, Patrick Kane is expected to attend Blackhawks training camp this weekend.

Is this the right move?

On one hand, Kane's presence may cause a distraction. On the other, he has not been charged with a crime and deserves the right for the legal process to play itself out.

[MORE: Blackhawks release training camp roster]

CSN Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk joined Kap and Co. on ESPN 1000 to discuss the decision.

"I trust the decision that the organization will make, is going to make, (and) any move that they make," he said. "Obviously these are types of decisions made by (Chairman) Rocky Wirtz, (President & CEO) John McDonough, (Executive Vice President) Jay Blunk.

"... A lot of people have asked me about it, and I have no idea. I have no idea what's going on and until we have information then you can go ahead and elaborate."

Joel Quenneville is entering his 19th season as an NHL head coach, and this may be his most challenging training camp yet.

Not only will he be tasked with trying to get many young and new faces acclimated with the Blackhawks' style of play, but he must do so while attempting to prevent off-ice issues from distracting on-ice play.

[RELATED: CSN to carry live/on-air coverage of Blackhawks press conference from practice tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.]

But Olczyk is confident the Blackhawks head coach will know how to handle the situation.

"Joel's been around the block. There are very few guys that have the experience to be able to handle really any situation," Olczyk said. "Again, nobody knows what's going on. He's a player, and he's on the roster.

"We'll see what happens in the next couple of days and go from there, but as far as Joel and his staff, Joel will handle it perfectly."

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft


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."