Hawks Headlines: Teravainen, Johns Dazzle in Camp Opener

Also, we take a look at Ben Smith's season, and the career of Martin Havlat

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In this Monday edition of Hawks Headlines, we condense the media’s focus on Teuvo Teravainen on the opening day of Prospect Camp down to one article, take a look at defenseman Stephen Johns, and see how Ben Smith’s season graded out according to one website.

-We start out with Mark Lazerus, who wrote what is basically the ultimate summation of what it’s like to be in the Chicago Blackhawks’ minor league system: you have to be patient in order to get your shot at the big time. [Chicago Sun-Times]

-Just about everyone in town seemingly wrote a story about Teravainen on the opening day of camp Sunday, so we’ll only link to one. Scott Powers is usually the best mainstream media member when it comes to covering prospects, so we’ll choose his piece as the winner. [ESPN Chicago]

-Defenseman Stephen Johns is looking at making the jump to the big league roster this season (he could be a nice replacement for Johnny Oduya or Michal Rozsival if those guys are shipped out to make salary cap room), and he’s confident that playing his senior season at Notre Dame will give him an edge. [CSN Chicago]

-How did Ben Smith’s season stack up to the rest of the team? Our pals at SCH weigh in with their staff report card. [Second City Hockey]

-The crew over at Blackhawk Up are going through their top 100 Blackhawks players of all time, and Martin Havlat checks in at #88 on the list. [Blackhawk Up]

-We know it may be painful to look at pictures of the Los Angeles Kings celebrating with the Stanley Cup, but the picture of Anze Kopitar and his dog is pretty freaking great. [NHL.com]

-Finally, if you’re looking to break into the blogging business, and don’t mind covering a team that isn’t the Blackhawks, our friends over at Leafs Nation want you. They’re holding a contest to become the site’s newest writer, and the first prize is $200. Not a bad gig if you want to write with guys like Steve Dangle and Jeff Veillette, among others. [Leafs Nation]

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