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Emery impresses Quenneville, Kane shoots out

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Emery impresses Quenneville, Kane shoots out

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011Posted: 5:14 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
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Ray Emerys been through plenty this past year, including a career resurrection in Anaheim that he hopes to continue as he tries out for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The goaltender played in a full scrimmage on Saturday, giving up three goals. He said hed give himself a B-minus for his first day.

I did a lot of things well, but it wasnt season-game ready, he said. But thats what training camp is for to work out the small kinks. It was OK.

Still, it wasnt a bad outing for a guy who thought he probably wouldnt be playing at all after that hip surgery.

I think Im the only pro athlete missing a fibula right now, Emery said. I was fortunate to have access to the doctors that I did and could nip it in the bud before (the hip) collapsed. Im fortunate I got a second chance.

Coach Joel Quenneville liked what he saw.

He looked big in the net. He looked very composed, confident as well, he said. I like his approach. Well definitely keep an eye on him. We like what were seeing.

Kanes shot

If anyone wondered how quickly Patrick Kanes shot would return off his left wrist surgery, he answered on Saturday: not long at all. Kane didnt play in the scrimmages, but came out for a surprise shootout attempt in Team Cs outing. He scored, and then celebrated.

It wouldve been nice if (the shootout goal) was for the win but it was pretty cool nonetheless, said Kane, who practiced with a splint on his wrist. One of the biggest things you miss about summer is celebrating. So I tried to get my celebration in.

Briefly
Patrick Sharp appeared for the early part of the training camp festival, telling the crowd that hell be pushing to be ready for the season opener against the Dallas Stars on Oct. 7. Sharp is recovering from the emergency appendectomy he had on Monday.

Jeremy Morin did not practice on Saturday, as hes still recovering from a concussion he suffered at the end of last season. Quenneville said hes day to day.

They said it

Kane on having two Toews at training camp: I thought one was enough. Now youve got two. Its going to be a rough ride for me. Hopefully Im not on a line with both of them. That would be even worse.

Daniel Carcillo on his reputation: I have a reputation?

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

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.

NHL Draft Profile: F Brady Tkachuk

NHL Draft Profile: F Brady Tkachuk

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

Brady Tkachuk

Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 196 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"I know Tkachuk isn't a center, but Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks) is another player who comes to mind with his combination of size, strength, skill and nastiness. Tkachuk has impressive hand skills and his upside has only begun because I think there's lots of maturity and growth to come. I've seen his speed and skating improve each of the past three years and I think he'll still get stronger and his balance will get better. His man strength will come and it'll be like, 'Oh boy, look out.'"

NHL player comparable: Matthew Tkachuk/Wayne Simmonds

Fit for Blackhawks:

If you're looking for a player that checks all the boxes in this year's draft, it's Tkachuk. And man could the Blackhawks use a player like him.

He's got offensive skill, willingly goes to the greasy areas, can provide net-front presence while playing a top-six role, and perhaps the most important part for the Blackhawks: he's very close to NHL ready. The Blackhawks will be patient with whoever they draft, but there's also some urgency to turn things around in 2018-19.

If they can draft a player like Tkachuk who can potentially jump into the lineup as early as this upcoming season, that would be ideal. Because he's the type of player that can make an impact, not just get by.