Chicago Blackhawks Player News: All Positions

News: The Blackhawks have extended Kampf a qualifying offer, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Blackhawks and Kampf are reportedly already negotiating a new deal, so it's clear that both sides are interested in him reprising his bottom-six role in 2019-20. The 24-year-old winger notched four goals and 19 points in 63 games this campaign.
News: The Blackhawks have extended Ejdsell a qualifying offer, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Ejdsell has already decided to play for Farjestad BK of the SHL in 2019-20, but the Blackhawks will own his NHL rights should he decide to return to North America in the future. The 6-foot-5 forward spent the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Rockford, notching 12 goals and 29 points in 61 contests.
News: The Blackhawks won't extend Louis a qualifying offer prior to Tuesday's deadline, so he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Louis has been pretty productive in the minors during the past two seasons, totaling 78 points in 144 appearances, but the Blackhawks clearly don't see him as a player capable of making the jump to the NHL in the future. The 2013 sixth-round pick will probably be looking to land a two-way contract with a different organization this offseason.
News: Hillman won't receive a qualifying offer from the Blackhawks, which means he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Blackhawks currently have a logjam at defense, and Hillman hasn't appeared in an NHL contest since 2017-18, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. The 23-year-old will likely be looking to sign an AHL-only deal with a new club this offseason.
News: The Blackhawks have extended Sikura a qualifying offer, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Sikura hasn't done much at the NHL level since turning pro in 2017-18, picking up 11 points in 38 games, but he was pretty productive in the minors last season, racking up 17 goals and 35 points in 46 appearances, so it's not surprising that the Blackhawks aren't willing to give up on him yet. The 2014 sixth-round pick will likely sign a short-term deal to remain with Chicago in the coming weeks.
News: Perlini has received a qualifying offer from the Blackhawks, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun Times reports.
Impact: Perlini showed some promise during his first season with Chicago, notching 12 goals and 15 points in 46 appearances after being traded to the team in late November. The Blackhawks clearly think he may still have some untapped potential, so look for them to sign him to a short-term deal in the coming weeks.
News: Saarela and Calvin de Haan were dealt to Chicago from Carolina in exchange for Anton Forsberg and Gustav Forsling on Monday.
Impact: Saarela racked up 30 goals and 54 points in 69 games for AHL Charlotte last season but has yet to make his NHL debut. The 22-year-old likely could've fought for a bottom-six spot during the preseason with the Hurricanes. Chicago drafted Saarela's brother, Antti, this weekend at the 2019 NHL Draft.
News: De Haan (shoulder) was traded to Chicago from Carolina along with Aleksi Saarela in exchange for Anton Forsberg and Gustav Forsling on Monday.
Impact: Chicago has been making moves all offseason but this might be the biggest one. De Haan scored a goal and 14 points last season while averaging over 18:30 of ice time per game. He should slot into Chicago's top four on the blue line and could see some time on the power play. The 28-year-old is recovering from shoulder surgery and there's uncertainty about whether he'll suit up to start the regular season.
News: Saarela was drafted 123rd overall by the Blackhawks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: The younger brother of Hurricanes prospect Aleksi Saarela, Antti has come through the same Lukko (Finland) program as his sibling. The younger Saarela's upside is that of a bottom-six role player. Almost all Saarela's offense comes as the result of his skating ability and that's a tough profile to bet on when a player has nothing more than average (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) size. Saarela can line up on both wing positions and plays hard, so he does offer versatility, but the ceiling here is limited. Chicago will allow Saarela to marinate in Finland for the time being.
News: Teply was drafted 105th overall by the Blackhawks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: There are reasons to be excited about Teply moving forward. For one, he has elite size at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds. He also has a cannon of a shot. Teply is an asset on the power play, but he really labors getting around the ice and he didn't produce much this past season (10 points in 23 games) in the Czech second league. While the big man is worthy of the dice roll at this point in the draft, there is a decent chance his lack of foot speed will limit Teply's ability to make a legitimate offensive impact when he finally crosses the pond.
News: Quenneville is now a member of the Blackhawks following a trade Saturday that saw John Hayden head to the Devils, reports Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca.
Impact: Quenneville has proven he can score in the minors, but has struggled to translate that into offense in the NHL. But his reliability should mean he gets a shot at a lower line in Chicago, where stalled careers go to be reignited.
News: Vlasic was drafted 43rd overall by the Blackhawks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: The cousin of Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Alex, a native of Illinois, has far more size than his famous relative. Vlasic is in the 6-foot-5 range and he skates well for such a big kid. Vlasic was often overshadowed this season by other members of the loaded USNTDP, but his future is bright. His numbers this year (two goals, 15 points in 26 USHL games) were more than respectable and there should be some more offense on the way. Vlasic has the potential to take a significant step forward in the next year or two. He is committed to Boston University.
News: Dach was drafted third overall by the Blackhawks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Dach is a big (6-foot-4), pass-first pivot with skill, good skating and smarts. Like a lot of big guys, he gets saddled with questions of work ethic and consistency. But that's only because he only needs to take half the strides of a smaller player to accomplish the same feat. Now, that doesn't mean Dach's a speedster -- his skills are faster than his feet. But a good skating coach can help him grow that part of his game. He protects the puck well, is patient with the puck and can find teammates' sticks through a sea of legs. Dach can be a first-line center in the NHL at his peak, a little in the mold of Ryan Getzlaf.
News: Maatta was acquired by the Blackhawks from the Penguins on Saturday in exchange for forward Dominik Kahun and a 2019 fifth-round pick.
Impact: Maatta missed some time due to a shoulder injury this season and had one goal and 13 assists in 60 games with the Penguins. The 24-year-old averaged 18:35 of ice time and was third on the team with 116 blocked shots.
News: Lepisto agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with Helsinki Jokerit (KHL) on Wednesday.
Impact: In two seasons with the Jokerit, Lepisto notched 15 goals and 50 assists in 115 regular-season contests, adding another 10 helpers in the postseason. Originally playing for Helsinki when it was still in the Finnish league, the blueliner's numbers convinced the Capitals to take him in the third round of the 2004 NHL Draft. The 34-year-old would go on to play with the Coyotes, Blue Jackets and Blackhawks on his way to 176 NHL games, the last of which came during the 2011-12 campaign.
News: Kubalik signed a one-year, $925,000 contract with the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Impact: Kubalik, who was originally selected by the Kings in the seventh round of the 2013 draft, spent the 2018-19 campaign with HC Ambri-Piotta of the NLA, racking up 25 goals and 57 points in 50 games. The 23-year-old winger most recently suited up for Team Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship tournament, notching an impressive six goals and 12 points in 10 appearances. Kubalik's NHL potential is still an unknown, but if he's able to adapt to the smaller North American ice quickly, he could fit nicely on Jonathan Toews' wing in the Blackhawks' top six this season.
News: Wedin signed a one-year, $925,000 contract with the Blackhawks on Thursday.
Impact: Wedin spent the 2018-19 campaign playing in Sweden's top professional league, racking up an impressive 14 goals and 27 points in 32 games with Timra IK. The 5-foot-11 winger will hope to lock down a spot in the Blackhawks' bottom six during training camp.
News: Gravel stopped 33 of 35 shots in Halifax's 4-2 victory over Guelph in CHL Memorial Cup action Sunday.
Impact: Gravel and the host Mooseheads are now sporting an unbeaten 2-0 record in the early stages of the tournament. A sixth-round selection (162nd overall) of Chicago in 2018, Gravel is coming off an exceptional season for Halifax in which he posted a 33-13-2 record to go along with a 2.49 GAA and .913 save percentage. While the 19-year-old remains a project, he has a boatload of potential and has undoubtedly taken a significant step forward this year. Don't be surprised if the Blackhawks sign Gravel to an entry-level contract in short order.
News: Schroeder will try his luck in the KHL with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod after signing a one-year deal with the club Friday.
Impact: It will be the first taste of European hockey for Schroeder, who came up through the US Development team before playing for the University of Minnesota. Since his collegiate day, the center split time in the AHL and NHL, making a total of 165 appearances for Vancouver, Minnesota and Columbus, in which he registered 18 goals and 24 helpers. With his move overseas, the 28-year-old has likely played in his last NHL contests.
News: Koekkoek penned a one-year, $925,000 contract extension with Chicago on Monday, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Koekkoek was acquired by the Hawks from the Lightning in January and has reupped with his new club for another season. By agreeing to an extension, the blueliner avoids potential arbitration as a restricted free agent this summer. The Ontario native struggled to break into the lineup with Tampa Bay, but found minutes much easier to come by in the Windy City, where he saw action in 22 games and averaged 16:27 of ice time. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't be banking on Koekkoek logging over 20 minutes per game, yet he could still provide decent mid-range fantasy value in deeper formats.
News: Wedin has signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Chicago is hoping for the 26-year-old Wedin to make an immediate impact next season. The 5-foot-11 winger recorded 14 goals and 27 points in 32 games with Timra IK of the SHL in Sweden this past season.
News: Ejdsell signed a two-year contract with Farjestad BK of the SHL on Thursday, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Impact: The Blackhawks still own Ejdsell's NHL rights as an upcoming restricted free agent, but at this point it seems highly unlikely that they'll extend him a qualifying offer by the June 25 deadline. If the team lets him go, the 23-year-old forward will almost certainly remain overseas for the remainder of his professional playing career.
News: Soderlund put pen to paper on a three-year, entry-level deal with Chicago on Monday.
Impact: Soderlund -- who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft -- managed just 14 points in 48 games in the SHL this season, but apparently showed the club enough to warrant a three-year contract. The 21-year-old is a long shot to see ice time with the Blackhawks in 2019-20, but could make the move to North America and link up with AHL Rockford, though he could also continue developing in his native Sweden.
News: Hakkarainen inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blackhawks on Monday.
Impact: Hakkarainen notched 47 points in 42 games with the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL last season. The center was set to join Providence College this year, but opted to instead continue playing in the USHL and will now make the jump to the professional ranks. The 21-year-old figures to spend some time in the minors with AHL Rockford before getting a look at the 23-man roster with the Hawks.
News: Moutrey signed a one-year deal with AHL Rockford on Monday.
Impact: The deal will keep Moutrey in Rockford through 2019-20. Last season, the 23-year-old managed a goal and four assists in 49 games with the IceHogs but has yet to appear in an NHL game to this point in his career.
News: Kane has earned a Ted Lindsay Award nomination for most outstanding player as voted by his peers, reports TSN.ca.
Impact: He's up against Nikita Kucherov and Connor McDavid, who finished one-two in league scoring. Kane finished third with 110 points and actually was the best goal scorer of the three with 44 snipes. The award is presented by the NHL Players Association.
News: Versteeg signed a one-year contract with AHL Rockford on Monday.
Impact: Versteeg appeared in 643 games over an 11-year NHL career, spending time with the Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Flyers, Hurricanes, Panthers, Kings and finally, the Flames. Most recently, the 32-year-old vet split time between Avangard Omsk of the KHL and the Vaxjo Lakers of the SHL, playing for both clubs during the 2018-19 season.
News: Nilsson agreed to terms on a one-year, $700,000 contract extension with the Blackhawks on Friday.
Impact: Nilsson's extension will keep him with the Blackhawks organization through the 2019-20 season. The 25-year-old forward posted solid numbers in 2018-19, notching 32 points in 61 AHL appearances, but there's no reason to believe he'll be able to secure a regular role with the big club anytime soon.
News: Lankinen was named to Team Finland's preliminary roster for the IIHF World Championship on Wednesday.
Impact: Lankinen likely won't start any games for Finland and may not even make the final roster, but the fact that he was named to the team at all is an encouraging development for his future. Collin Delia will likely join the Blackhawks full time in 2019-20 as Corey Crawford's backup, giving Lankinen a clear path to take over as AHL Rockford's starter.
News: Jokiharju was named to Team Finland's preliminary roster for the World Championship on Wednesday.
Impact: Jokiharju had a solid start to his rookie campaign in 2018-19, notching 12 assists in 38 appearances with the big club, but the Blackhawks ultimately decided to ship him to the minors midway through the season in order to aid his development. The 2017 first-round pick will almost certainly have a full-time role with Chicago in 2019-20, and he could be tasked with quarterbacking the team's top power-play unit, making him a player to keep an eye on heading into fantasy drafts.
News: Kruger is expected to represent Team Sweden at the upcoming IIHF World Championships, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kruger, who notched 12 points in 74 games this campaign, won't provide much offense for Team Sweden, but he'll be an invaluable member of the squad as a veteran leader and penalty-killing specialist.
News: The Blackhawks reassigned Lankinen to AHL Rockford on Sunday.
Impact: Lankinen was recalled to serve as Cam Ward's backup while Corey Crawford nursed a groin injury. The 23-year-old netminder will likely serve as Collin Delia's backup as AHL Rockford makes a push for the playoffs.
News: Ward allowed four goals on 49 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Predators on Saturday.
Impact: Everything was looking good early for the veteran goaltender, who held a 2-0 lead after the first period. Then everything went south, as the Predators posted 36 shots and five goals in the final two periods. Despite this loss, Ward still posted a strong second half, going 9-4-0 after Jan. 21. Even with the hot streak at the end, though, Ward still had some of the worst overall numbers of his career. He went 16-12-4 with a 3.69 GAA and .897 save percentage in 33 games during 2018-19.
News: Lankinen was recalled from AHL Rockford on Saturday.
Impact: With Corey Crawford (groin) riding the pine in Chicago's season finale, Lankinen will serve as the backup behind Cam Ward. The Finn holds a 7-7-4 record while posting a 2.47 GAA and .911 save percentage in the minors this season.
News: Crawford (groin) won't suit up for Saturday's game versus the Predators, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Crawford hurt his groin in Friday's game versus the Stars, so the Blackhawks don't want to risk further injury. Kevin Lankinen will serve as the backup to Cam Ward. Crawford will end the season with a .908 save percentage, a 2.93 GAA and a 14-18-5 record.
News: Ward will defend the blue paint in Saturday's road matchup with the Predators, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Ward was forced into action unexpectedly Friday against Dallas after Corey Crawford suffered a groin injury, and he performed admirably, turning aside 25 of 26 shots en route to a convincing 6-1 victory. The veteran netminder will look to stay sharp and end the season on a high note by securing his 17th win of the campaign in a road matchup with a Nashville team that's only averaging 2.83 goals per game at home in 2018-19, 25th in the NHL.
News: Kurashev made his professional debut in AHL Rockford's 2-1 loss to Texas on Friday.
Impact: He finished the contest scoreless to go along with a minus-1 rating. A fourth-round selection of Chicago in 2018, Kurashev had a breakout season. He played brilliantly for his native Switzerland at the World Junior Championship and was equally effective (29 goals, 65 points in 59 games) for his QMJHL club in Quebec. Kurashev signed his entry-level contract with the Blackhawks in early March.
News: Seabrook notched two assists in Friday's 6-1 win over the Stars.
Impact: It's the veteran defenseman's first multi-point effort since Dec. 12. Seabrook only had one point (a helper) in his prior 11 games, so expecting a repeat performance in Chicago's regular-season finale Saturday is probably asking too much, but he is now two points away from his 10th career 30-point campaign.
News: Kane scored two goals in Friday's 6-1 win over the Stars.
Impact: He opened and closed the scoring for the Blackhawks, giving Kane 44 goals on the season -- just two shy of his career high, set in 2015-16. Even with Chicago eliminated from the playoffs, the chase for a new personal best could give the 30-year-old all the incentive he needs to come out firing in the season finale Saturday in Nashville.
News: Ward stopped 25 of 26 shots after replacing Corey Crawford (groin) early in the second period of Friday's 6-1 win over the Stars.
Impact: The strong relief effort earned Ward his 16th win of the season. The veteran netminder hasn't been particularly consistent in his first campaign with Chicago, but with Crawford banged up once again, Ward will likely be in net for the season finale Saturday in Nashville.
News: Crawford's removal from Friday's game against the Stars was due to a groin injury, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: The Blackhawks reportedly had plans to go with Crawford in the season finale against the Predators on Saturday, but as noted by Lieser, Cam Ward will most likely be called into action in back-to-back games to cap off the 2018-19 campaign. No stranger to adversity, Crawford overcame concussion problems and appeared in 16 of the last 17 games, only for the injury bug to rear its ugly head once again Friday night. Still, it's too early to know how severe the injury to Crawford is at the moment.
News: Crawford was replaced by Cam Ward in the second period of Friday's game versus the Stars, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's not readily apparent why Crawford left the game, as he had stopped all nine shots up to that point there wasn't an obvious injury. However, he didn't stay on the bench after being pulled, signaling he could be injured. More information should come out soon, and the Blackhawks will need to call up another goalie from AHL Rockford if Crawford can't go Saturday versus the Predators.
News: Kampf (face) will return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Stars.
Impact: Kampf, who's notched 18 points in 62 games this campaign, will return to a bottom-six role Friday, skating with Chris Kunitz and John Hayden on the Blackhawks' fourth line.
News: Crawford will patrol the crease in Friday's home game against the Stars, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Crawford has struggled a bit recently, suffering back-to-back overtime losses while posting a sub-par 3.28 GAA and .896 save percentage over that span. The veteran netminder will look to get back on track and pick up his 15th win of the season in a home matchup with a Dallas team that's only averaging 2.28 goals per game on the road this campaign, 29th in the NHL.
News: Gilbert was reassigned to AHL Rockford on Thursday.
Impact: Gilbert made his NHL debut in a 4-3 shootout win over the Blues on Wednesday, picking up a game-high six hits to go with a two-minute minor penalty for holding the stick over 12:46 of ice time. The 22-year-old also blocked a shot to cap off a spirited first game at the top level. Something tells us this isn't the last we'll see of Gilbert on hockey's biggest stage, especially since he was a third-round pick from the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
News: Kane scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout win over the Blues.
Impact: The performance ends a 10-game goal drought and gives Kane 107 points (42 goals, 65 helpers) on the season, establishing a new career high for the 30-year-old. He'll have two more games to pad that total further as the Hawks try to score a moral victory by climbing ahead of the Wild, and out of the Central Division basement.
News: Ward turned aside 37 of 40 shots in regulation and overtime, and all three shootout attempts he faced, in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Blues.
Impact: Making his first start in a month, the netminder got beaten twice in the final eight minutes of the third period just to send the game into OT, but Ward shut the door on the St. Louis comeback attempt after that. The Hawks end their season with one last back-to-back set this weekend, so the 35-year-old could see action once more and get a shot at his 16th win before hitting the links.
News: Kampf (face) isn't in the projected lineup for Wednesday's game against St. Louis, NHL.com's Scott King reports.
Impact: The Blackhawks only have two games remaining on their schedule following Wednesday's contest, so it's quite possible that Kampf won't appear in another contest in 2018-19. If that ends up being the case, the 24-year-old will finish the campaign having notched four goals and 18 points while posting a minus-7 rating in 62 appearances.
News: Ward will patrol the crease in Wednesday's home game against the Blues, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: Ward hasn't tasted game action since he allowed four goals on 33 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks on March 3, so he'll definitely have some serious rust to shake off Wednesday. The veteran netminder will be looking to pick up his 15th win of the season in a tough home matchup with a hot Blues team that's gone 7-2-1 in its last 10 games.
News: Gilbert was recalled from AHL Rockford on Wednesday.
Impact: With the Blackhawks officially eliminated from playoff contention, the Original Six franchise will get a longer look at the prospect pool with three games left on the schedule. Perhaps best known for his three-year tenure at Notre Dame, Gilbert has generated five goals, nine assists and 65 PIM over 59 games for the AHL's IceHogs for the 2018-19 campaign.
News: The Blackhawks reassigned Sikura to AHL Rockford following Monday's 4-3 loss to the Jets, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Since being recalled from Rockford in late February, Sikura has skated in 15 of the Blackhawks' 16 games but has provided just two points while seeing 12:19 of ice time per contest. He could stick around in Rockford for a few games with the IceHogs still in contention for a playoff spot.
News: Caggiula posted a helper and five PIM in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets.
Impact: The fight came late in the third period against hulking Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who's got seven inches and 90 pounds on Caggiula. It's a little concerning to see Caggiula fighting in just his second game back from a concussion, especially as the winger is not known for his skill in fisticuffs. Caggiula has 19 points in 52 games between the Blackhawks and Oilers this season.
News: Gustafsson registered three assists, six hits, four PIM and a plus-2 rating in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets.
Impact: Imagine what he could have done in a win. Gustafsson is up to 59 points (17 tallies, 42 helpers) in 76 games, with 98 hits and 110 blocked shots. He hasn't been known for time in the sin bin with only 34 PIM, but he's done enough scoring to have widespread fantasy relevance this year.
News: Toews scored a power-play goal and added a helper in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss.
Impact: The first-period goal gave Toews a new career high in points, which settled at 78 by the end of the contest, achieving the mark in 79 games. This tops the 76 points he had in 80 appearances in 2010-11. With four shots Monday, Toews also matched his personal best in shots with 233. The 31-year-old star center is showing that he's not done yet, with his 20:58 average ice time per game being the highest of his career as well.
News: Strome scored twice and added a power-play assist in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets.
Impact: Strome ended March with only a helper in his last seven games, but got April off to a hot start with the three-point night. He's up to 54 points (19 goals, 35 helpers) in 75 games between the Blackhawks and the Coyotes this season. He's picked up 16 of those points with a man advantage.
News: Crawford allowed four goals on 38 shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets.
Impact: It's the second straight game Crawford has managed to scratch out just one point for the Blackhawks. Crawford's record slid to 14-18-5 with a 2.96 GAA and a .907 save percentage. With the Blackhawks hanging by a thread in the playoff hunt, Cam Ward may see more time over the season's final week once their fate is decided.
News: Crawford will face the Jets on Monday, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Crawford has now started 15 of the Blackhawks' last 16 games, including 13 straight. In his last 12, he's registered a terrific 2.04 GAA and .931 save percentage. Before that 12-game run, he had a sub-.900 save percentage and 3.38 GAA, so it's safe to say Crawford has found his grove.
News: Kampf (face) will miss Monday's matchup with Winnipeg.
Impact: Prior to getting hurt, Kampf was stuck in a rut, as he was pointless in his last nine appearances. The winger hasn't even recorded a shot on net in his last five games, which limits his chances of writing his name on the scoresheet. With the Czech unavailable, John Hayden or Brendan Perlini figures to slot into the lineup.
News: Krys picked up a pair of assists in AHL Rockford's 5-2 loss to Chicago on Sunday.
Impact: Krys has three helpers in his first three professional games. The 2016 second-round pick (46th overall) recently signed with Chicago following the completion of his junior season at Boston University. Following a dreadful freshman campaign, Krys has seen his stock rise the past two years. He has a chance to develop into an NHL regular down the road.
News: Anisimov generated an assist and four shots in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.
Impact: Anisimov is up to 36 points (14 goals, 22 helpers) in 74 games this season, as well as 134 shots. Unfortunately, he's only picked up four points on the man advantage after posting 12 power-play points last year.
News: Kane registered an assist and eight shots on goal in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.
Impact: It's not for a lack of trying for Kane, whose goal drought has stretched to nine games. He has seven assists and 30 shots in that span. For the year, Kane has 41 goals and 64 helpers, sitting just one point shy of matching his career-high 106 from 2015-16.
News: Keith registered an assist, two blocked shots and three shots on goal in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.
Impact: Keith has collected 38 points in 78 games this season, as well as 136 blocks and 128 shots on goal. It's not unreasonable to think Keith could reach 40 points after missing that mark last year. He'd need two points over the final four games of the season to do it.
News: Kruger had only two assists in 14 games in March.
Impact: Kruger has four goals and eight assists in 71 games overall this season, averaging 10:27 per game. He lacks a physical edge, with only 49 hits and 32 blocked shots, and his fourth-line deployment makes him unfavorable for fantasy purposes.
News: Caggiula (concussion) had four shots on goal but couldn't generate a point in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.
Impact: Caggiula's at 18 points in 51 games between the Blackhawks and Oilers this year. He skated 16:53 in his return Saturday, 2:50 higher than his season average entering the night. Caggiula's not likely to help much in the fantasy arena, but he's probably good to go for the last four games of the campaign.
News: Gustafsson netted his 17th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.
Impact: Gustafsson finishes March with five goals and four helpers in 14 games, giving him 56 points in 75 appearances this season. It's an unexpected emergence for the 27-year-old blueliner. Gustafsson's added 92 hits, 108 blocked shots and 150 shots on goal to make him useful across most fantasy formats.
News: DeBrincat potted his 41st goal of the year in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.
Impact: After striking in the first period, DeBrincat was unable to make much of an impact as the Blackhawks failed to protect two separate one-goal leads. DeBrincat has had a star-making year with 74 points and 212 shots in 78 games. Twenty-four of those points have come with the man advantage.
News: Crawford allowed three goals on 29 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings on Saturday.
Impact: He held a 2-1 lead in the third period, but Michael Amadio tied it in regulation and Drew Doughty won it with a power-play goal in overtime to flip the result. Crawford's record fell to 14-18-4 with a 2.94 GAA and a .908 save percentage. The Blackhawks will rue the missed opportunity against the last-place team in the Pacific, as the overtime loss puts them six points out with four games to go. Crawford should start again Monday versus the Jets.
News: Kampf (face) won't return Saturday against the Kings.
Impact: Kampf will hope to recover by Chicago's next game, Monday against the Jets. He saw just 3:35 of ice time before departing Saturday.
News: Caggiula (concussion) will make his return to the lineup for Saturday's road clash against the Kings, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Caggiula has been sidelined since Feb. 27, but has been deemed healthy enough to return to the lineup. The University of North Dakota product has 18 points in 50 games this campaign. Caggiula will replace Brendan Perlini in the lineup, and the Blackhawks could take a cautious approach with Caggiula's minutes early on.
News: Crawford will start in goal on the road against the Kings on Saturday, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Kings rank 29th in home scoring at 2.61 goals per game, so the matchup is ripe for Crawford to try to unearth a gem against a poor offense. Chicago still requires a supernatural force to launch into playoff position, but the No. 1 goalie makes for a sneaky play in daily leagues due to the juicy matchup alone.
News: Anisimov collected an assist and two blocked shots while earning a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Anisimov has wrangled 35 points (14 goals, 21 helpers) in 73 games this season, better than the 31 he had in 2017-18. He's not likely to return to the 40-point threshold, but fantasy owners in deeper formats have likely found the Russian center a productive depth option.
News: Strome recorded an assist in Thursday's 5-4 victory over the Sharks.
Impact: The helper ended a five-game point drought for the 22-year-old center. Strome has taken off with 45 points in 53 games with the Blackhawks after an early-season trade from the Coyotes. Overall, he's at 51 points in 73 games in a breakout campaign for the 2015 first-round pick.
News: Kahun posted an assist, five shots and two blocked shots in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Kahun had gone six games without a point entering the contest. He has reached 35 points (12 goals, 23 helpers) in 77 games this year, while pumping 133 shots on goal. The Czech rookie's solid overall production could make him a useful budget play in DFS for Saturday's meeting with the Kings.
News: Perlini skated only 5:44 in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Sharks.
Impact: He didn't take a shift in the third period, extending his point drought to six games with the empty score line. Perlini was not reported injured during or immediately following the game, so the 22-year-old may have found his way into coach Jeremy Colliton's dog house after being given a chance to skate with Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov.
News: Kunitz potted a goal and posted two hits in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Sharks.
Impact: The 39-year-old winger has seen less than 10 minutes of ice time in his last six appearances while holding down a spot on the fourth line. Kunitz does have a pair of goals and two assists in 13 appearances in March, but he's long past being a reliable fantasy contributor.
News: Murphy scored a goal and added six blocked shots and four hits in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Murphy has picked up 13 points in 47 games this year, the best scoring rate he's shown in his career. He's had a solid March, with five points, 28 hits and 32 blocks over 13 appearances. The defender may have some appeal in deeper formats, but can otherwise be safely left off of fantasy rosters.
News: Gustafsson notched two assists, two hits and two blocked shots in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Gustafsson reached 55 points in 74 games, easily the best of his three campaigns with the Blackhawks. The Swedish blueliner also has 147 shots and 108 blocked shots in his breakout campaign.
News: Saad dished a pair of helpers in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Saad is up to 45 points (23 goals, 22 assists) in 75 games this season, rebounding from posting only 35 points last year. With 186 shots on goal, Saad may come up short of 200 shots for the first time since 2013-14. The point production makes him a serviceable winger in many fantasy formats.
News: Kane had two assists in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Kane is up to 104 points (41 goals, 63 helpers) in 76 games this season, just two points shy of his career-high 106 from 2015-16. The American superstar has also fired 312 shots on goal this year. One of his assists came on the power play, giving Kane 30 power-play points in the campaign.
News: Toews picked up a goal and a power-play assist Thursday while adding seven shots in a 5-4 win over the Sharks.
Impact: Toews is up to 76 points in 77 games, matching his career high from 2010-11. With five games left in the campaign, it's likely Toews sets a new personal best, and he may even reach 80 points for the first time in his career.
News: DeBrincat reached the 40-goal mark with a pair of tallies in a 5-4 win over the Sharks on Thursday.
Impact: He had gone without a point in five games before the milestone-earning performance. DeBrincat has pocketed 73 points in 77 appearances this season while pumping 210 shots on net. The good news for fantasy owners is he's got room to grow at 21 years old.
News: Crawford allowed four goals on 30 shots Thursday in a 5-4 win over the Sharks.
Impact: All nine goals in this game were scored in the first two periods, with Crawford holding the high ground for the win over the final frame. His record improves to 14-18-3 with a 2.94 GAA and a .908 save percentage. The win kept the Blackhawks alive in the playoff race, so Crawford will likely start Saturday in Los Angeles.
News: Caggiula (concussion) won't play Thursday against the Sharks based on Scott Powers of The Athletic noting the team will not make any lineup changes compared to the last game,
Impact: Caggiula has been out since the end of February, and the Blackhawks haven't released a concrete timetable for his return with six games remaining in the regular season for this Western Conference club.
News: Crawford will post up between the pipes for Thursday's game against host San Jose, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: As suggested by Lieser, the Blackhawks will lean on Crawford until the math proves that this team won't be in the playoff race. According to hockey-reference.com, Chicago only stands a 0.4 percent chance of extending its season by means of miraculously sneaking into a wild-card spot, so Crawford will likely need sufficient goal support to counter a potent Sharks club that averages 3.53 goals per game -- good for third in the league.
News: Boqvist scored four goals in OHL London's 6-3 Game 3 victory over Windsor on Tuesday.
Impact: Boqvist and the Knights now have a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. While the 2018 eighth-overall selection had a solid first season in North America (20 goals, 60 points in 54 games), he wasn't the dominant force that many expected him to be for London. With both Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook getting up there in age, the Blackhawks need Boqvist to fill a significant role for their NHL club sooner rather than later. He is going to get a long look in training camp this coming fall.
News: Dahlstrom agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.7 million contract extension with the Blackhawks on Wednesday, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Dahlstrom has only appeared in 46 games with the Blackhawks since being selected in the second round of the 2013 draft, notching nine assists over that span, so although he'll almost certainly never develop into a desirable fantasy asset, he should remain a solid rotational player for Chicago during the next two seasons.