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Schuldt looks to brother for hockey inspiration

Schuldt looks to brother for hockey inspiration

Jimmy Schuldt doesn’t have to look far for motivation to keep playing hockey.

The sophomore-to-be at St. Cloud State just has to look in the stands most of the time. That’s where his brother Joe, sporting Jimmy’s No. 22 jersey, is usually sitting. Joe’s career ended prematurely, concussion and knee issues forcing him to quit hockey after his freshman season at Michigan Tech.

So now Jimmy, in a way, plays for both of them.

“That’s always been my inspiration,” said Schuldt, who participated in the Blackhawks’ prospect camp this week. “If I think I can’t push any further I just think about what he would do to be in my position. It’s really all the motivation I need.”

Jimmy said he and Joe both had physical games, especially when they played together in high school. Jimmy added that his brother also fought a lot in juniors. The concussions, coupled with bad knees, cut Joe’s career short.

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“Obviously it’s a physical game. His knees were bad, too; he had surgery on both knees. The way he played took a toll on him,” Schuldt said. “It’s really rough when someone has to cut their career short because of concussions.”

St. Cloud is about an hour’s drive from Minnetonka, Minn., where Schuldt’s family lives. So Joe goes to all of Jimmy’s games there, as well as when St. Cloud visits Duluth, Minneapolis and St. Paul. It’s tough that Joe can no longer play hockey but Jimmy plays – and is motivated – by his brother every time he’s on the ice.

“I always looked up to him, always try to play with the same grit he played with,” Schuldt said. “He’s wearing that No. 22 jersey and I always try to spot him in the stands. So it’s cool to see him there.”

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Reacting to Round 1 of NHL Draft

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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."