Tuesday, October 11, 2016
YOUNG PROSPECTS THRILLED TO BE ON RIGHT SIDE OF BLACKHAWKS' ROSTER BUBBLE
Ryan Hartman remember the last few days to be stressful as he waited to find out whether or not he made the Blackhawks Jersey' opening-night roster. It includes the Saturday after the last preseason game.
"You know it's coming;. You know it's gonna be someone only after walking around the St. Louis game, you get a machine, you're looking around, wondering what's going on and try to figure it out," Hartman said. "It's stressful, but you need to trust in yourself and think you did enough to make the team. But I feel really honored to be on this team to start the season."
Hartman, Michal Kempny, Gustav Forsling, Tyler Motte, Nick Schmaltz and Vinnie Hinostroza are part of the Blackhawks' roster out of camp, and they should all be line-season opener vs. the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. For those who were a bubble, the wait was a little stressful . But now when decisions are made, it is necessary to breathe - now.
"It's kind of a surreal feeling, growing up Blackhawks fan, and now get the chance to play a regular-season game," Schmaltz said. "I hope that I can go out there and prove that I belong here and try to do a lot, play simple and play hard."
The youngest members of the group were all among the four lines and three defensive pairings on Monday, and coach Joel Quenneville said the group they go against St. Louis Blues Jersey.
"There are roles where, along the way here, there will be more opportunities to advance the lineup," Quenneville said. "Their participation is vital to our success. They all have to be playing meaningful minutes, and all are four-line team, and the four-line game means every work, and you're going to be there in the top of the lines and transitions. As predictable is what we are looking for. We need these guys to be aware of the early . "
The edge is off, at least for now. Blackhawks are hoping they are dealing with the depth of the problems of this group of young players. But the players know that if their game is not up to snuff, their stay would be brief.
"Yeah, it's a business. If you do not have to produce, if you do not play, how they want you to play, you'll most likely go to Rockford," Hartman said. "It's one of those things. Do not be conceited Come hard, play hard, do not give them a reason to send you down."
Alexandre Fortin, who made a big impression during Blackhawks training camp, was sent back to his junior league team on Monday. Quenneville said it was one of a number of difficult decisions Blackhawks had to do Monday, but all were very satisfied with what Fortin made here.
"A good story for us, and good for him as well," Quenneville said. "A good experience, and he really progressed well from where he was at the beginning of the summer."
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