Road Ahead: Teravainen finding his place in top line


Road Ahead: Teravainen finding his place in top line

CSN's Luke Stuckmeyer and Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers have the latest on Joel Quenneville's group in this edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, sponsored by Chicagoland NW Indiana Honda dealers.

After a 3-1-2 Circus Road Trip, the Blackhawks are looking to take another win in Game 2 of their home-and-home series with the Nashville Predators Thursday. 

When the Blackhawks began the road trip, they were successful in developing a scoring balance, but at the end of the trip, it kind of went away.

"Now they're starting to get it back at home — and home has been very good to them — but they also need it on the road," said CSN's Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers. 

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Teuvo Teravainen has also been a key figure in the lineup balance, as he hit a game-winner on Sunday and had a goal and an assist on Tuesday. He's quickly finding a home in the top line

"You're seeing less hesitancy in his game and that's what he needs," said Myers. 

After Thursday's road matchup against the Predators, five of the Blackhawks' next six games are at the United Center — and with Patrick Kane's 23-point streak going, this is a chance to gain some ground on home ice. 

See what else Myers had to say about the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the video above.



Blackhawks emergency goaltender Scott Foster made his return at the NHL Awards to present the Vezina Trophy, and it was perfect

Blackhawks emergency goaltender Scott Foster made his return at the NHL Awards to present the Vezina Trophy, and it was perfect

After staying out of the public eye since his historic emergency relief appearance, Scott Foster emerged in Vegas at the NHL Awards and it was perfect. 

The 36-year-old accountant fittingly presented the Vezina Trophy award for the league's top goaltender and joked that he needed to speed it up because he had to get back to work.

Check him out on stage:

What a moment. And well done, NHL. 

Foster stopped all seven shots he faced in 14:01 of action in the Blackhawks' 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on March 30.

Nashville Predators netminder Pekke Rinne took home the award, but you can't argue against Foster's 1.000 career save percentage.

NHL Draft Profile: D Noah Dobson

NHL Draft Profile: D Noah Dobson

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

Noah Dobson

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 180 pounds
Shoots: Right

Scouting report:

"A very effective two-way defenseman with good puck distribution and a strong shot from the points on the power play. He is a point-producer with size, who defends and utilizes strong positioning and a good stick in the defensive zone."

NHL player comparable: Brent Burns

Fit for Blackhawks:

The Blackhawks lacked defensemen that generated offense last year. They also lacked defenders than can ... defend. Dobson is a player who can do both, and if he slips past Vancouver at No. 7, the Blackhawks may have a difficult decision on their hands.

Dobson could solve some of those defensive issues, but it likely wouldn't be in time for the 2018-19 season. He needs time to develop properly.

The Blackhawks like to evaluate prospects based on what their ceiling is and where they're at in their development curve, and if they see major upside here, they'll go for it. It just depends if there's somebody available that they like better.