Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom hasn't slowed down at age 41 and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is sick of it. "Every year he has one of those years where you're just like... you hope he retires,"the 23-year-old forwardtold mlive.com. "I'm kind of sick of playing against him. He's an unbelievable player." Last season Lidstrom finished a minus-2 but managed to win his seventh Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman. "It's pretty amazing," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told mlive.com. "You got to commend him on how he prepares himself, how he conditions himself. You look back over time, the intelligence level of top-end players, Nick's got to be in that elite, elite class. He's just always in the right spot." In 261 games and 3,814 shots on goal in his career, Lidstrom has netted 261 with 870 assists including 25 game-winning goals. As for retiring, Lidstrom won't decide until after the season and according to mlive.com coach Mike Babcock hopes the realignment will convince him to continue to play. "I'm a big believer that's why Mr. Bettman (NHL commissioner Gary) changed the schedule, so Nick wouldn't ahve to travel as far and he'd play longer," Babcock joked. "That's a rumor I started, go ahead and run with it."Do you think it's time for Lidstrom to hang up his skates?
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:
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."