First thing we learned is that the Internet is still relatively new is Saskatoon, based on the quality of the video feed we were all treated to last night.
But besides that, the Hawks -- or some of them anyway -- actually laced up the skates and put on real jerseys and everything last night to kick off the preseason. The early preseason games are hard to make anything out of, as there are a bunch of guys on both sides who aren't going to be around long. And those that will be around are playing with them and affecting them in other ways and it's all kind of a mess. But whatever, it's hockey to watch, and that ain't bad.
Anyway, brief thoughts:
Anyway, that's about it. The next time we'll see the Hawks on ice is tomorrow in Pittsburgh.
-Correction Dept.: On August 30th I wrote a post about a piece from Neil Greenberg on ESPN that made the argument that Michael Frolik could break out for 30 goals this year. However, I wrongly attributed it to Hockey Prospectus. I apologize, and the change has been made.
Sam Fels is the proprietor of The Committed Indian, an unofficial program for the Blackhawks. You may have seen him hocking the magazine outside the United Center at Gate 3. The program is also available for purchase online. Fels is a lifelong 'Hawks fan and he also writes for Second City Hockey .