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Hawks Headlines: Is Brookbank Nailing Down A Full-Time Spot?

Also, the Hawks defend Khabibulin after a rough outing on Tuesday

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    ST PAUL, MN - OCTOBER 28: Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the third period of the game on October 28, 2013 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 5-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

    In Wednesday’s edition of Hawks Headlines, we find out which defenseman could be playing his way into a full-time roster slot, which youngster could be blossoming into an elite NHL player, and which team in the Central Division is trying to model itself after the Chicago Blackhawks.

    -We start out with arguably the most apt description of Tuesday’s 6-5 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Sam Fels described the game as a throwback to what hockey was like in the 80’s, and that statement is completely true. [Committed Indian]

    -After the game, Hawks players were quick to defend Nikolai Khabibulin, who was yanked in the second period of the game after surrendering three goals in the second period. [CSN Chicago]

    -Michal Handzus likely won’t be back for the Blackhawks until after their weekend games with the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames, as he continues to try to recover from an upper body injury. [ESPN Chicago]

    -Is Brandon Saad transforming himself into one of the elite players in the NHL? It may be premature to say so, but Randy Holt sees plenty of signs that he could be. [Second City Hockey]

    -Sheldon Brookbank has now played in back-to-back games with the Hawks, and he seems to be developing a nice chemistry with Nick Leddy on the third defensive pairing. Could he make his way into the lineup full time? [Chicago Sun-Times]

    -The Blackhawks are still auctioning off the jerseys they wore during the warm-up before their October 19th game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The white official jerseys with lavender numbers were worn by the players and signed by the skater that wore them, and all proceeds benefit Chicago Blackhawks Charities. [NHL.com]

    -The Colorado Avalanche are arguably the most surprising team in the NHL so far this season, and as Kevin McCartney writes, their model for success should be a familiar one to Hawks fans. [Bleacher Report]

    -Finally, if you can name the leading goal scorer in the NHL right now, then you either cheated and looked it up this morning, or you are a hockey savant. [NHL.com]


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