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Published at Thu, 31 Dec 2020 06:00:00 +0000

Cubs Call Up Pitcher Tony Barnette

Cubs Call Up Pitcher Tony Barnette

The scuffling Chicago Cubs are hoping to get a bit of a jolt in their bullpen on Sunday as they called up pitcher Tony Barnette from Triple-A Iowa. 

Barnette, whom the Cubs signed in February, had been placed on the 60-day injured list earlier in the year with right shoulder tightness, but is now healthy and back on the team’s active roster. 

Barnette appeared in 13 games at the Triple-A level, posting a 2.31 ERA and striking out 12 batters in 11.2 innings of work. He has a career 3.50 ERA in the big leagues, appearing in a total of 125 games with the Texas Rangers. 

According to a note sent out by the team, Barnette could become the first Alaskan-born player to make an appearance in a game as a member of the club.

In a corresponding roster move, the Cubs optioned pitcher Rowan Wick to Triple-A Iowa. In three appearances, Wick gave up one earned run in 3.2 innings of work, striking out six batters and walking two. 

The Cubs will finish up a four-game series against the Mets on Sunday afternoon, putting Cole Hamels on the mound against Mets ace Jacob deGrom. 

Published at Sun, 23 Jun 2019 16:04:14 +0000

Lake County defense attorney picked to fill Woodland 50 board vacancy

Lake County defense attorney picked to fill Woodland 50 board vacancy

After a marathon board meeting that included interviews with seven candidates, the Woodland Elementary District 50 school board selected David Weinstein to fill the most recent board vacancy.

Weinstein, a Gurnee resident who has been a defense attorney in Lake County for 29 years, said he was humbled to be chosen.

The vacancy was created when Ryan Koehl, who ran unopposed for the seat on April 2, resigned after attending just one meeting. Weinstein will serve until the next election in April of 2021.

Board President Carla Little said board members voted unanimously Thursday for Weinstein. She cited his history of public service and volunteerism as traits that ultimately swayed the board.

Weinstein has long been involved with the Lake County Coalition to Reduce Recidivism, a group that helps better people with criminal records.

“A lot of people say things, but I’ve spent a good portion of my career doing public service,” he said. “They knew I would be motivated to work really hard to help the kids.”

Little said while board members receive help getting up to speed, the position requires a lot of self-motivation.

“He has a willingness to educate himself on the work of the board,” Little said. “Being a board member is a big-time commitment and can have a big learning curve.”


Koehl resigned in May, citing that commitment.

“It became apparent only after I was in the role of school board member that the amount of time and level of commitment needed to be an effective board member is more than I can give,” Koehl said in a statement.

Weinstein said he is eager to learn about the district and hopes to work on diversity, inclusion and technology.

He is married to Erin Cartwright Weinstein, who was elected Lake County circuit court clerk in 2016. Their daughter, now 21, attended Woodland 50 schools.

Little said the board conducted face-to-face interviews with seven candidates who submitted applications. After the first round, the board selected three finalists, including Weinstein, for second interviews. The process took about three and a half hours.

“We took it very seriously, we didn’t want to rush through it,” Little said.

Koehl’s was the second vacancy the board was tasked with filling in 2019.

In January, newly elected state Rep. Joyce Mason gave up her District 50 seat, saying she wouldn’t feel right missing meetings and not taking votes. The board selected Renea Amen to serve the rest of Mason’s term, which also expires in 2021.

Published at Sun, 23 Jun 2019 20:21:41 +0000

Hong Kong Protesters Deeply Fear Leaving a Digital Footprint

Hong Kong Protesters Deeply Fear Leaving a Digital Footprint

The night before the massive protests in Hing Kong against a law that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China, Hong Kong police arrested the administrator of one of the largest group chats encrypted messaging app Telegram, NBC News reported. 

The arrested Telegram administrator, Ivan Ip, 22, managed a chat of more than 30,000 members. While protesters were starting to gather around Hong Kong’s government headquarters, police turned up at Ip’s house and arrested him for conspiracy to commit public nuisance.

But the digital crackdown nevertheless left its mark. Internet-savvy young people, who once only saw the upsides of a technology that helped them organize protests, have grown increasingly wary of surveillance. 

They are worried the extradition law is the latest step in Hong Kong, a semiautonomous capitalist city, being drawn into the murky legal system of mainland China. Beijing has created a sophisticated surveillance state, and has emerged as a world leader in facial recognition technology.

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Published at Sat, 22 Jun 2019 10:25:33 +0000

Gazebo where Ohio officer killed Tamir Rice moves to Chicago

Gazebo where Ohio officer killed Tamir Rice moves to Chicago

CLEVELAND — The gazebo where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by a white policeman in Cleveland is being rebuilt in Chicago as a temporary memorial and meeting spot.

Crews dismantled the gazebo outside the Cudell Recreation Center in 2016, nearly two years after the death of Tamir, who was shot while playing with a pellet gun. The reconstructed gazebo will be unveiled Sunday in Chicago outside an arts gallery and community space called Stony Island Arts Bank, reported.

Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice, initially wanted the gazebo to be destroyed but said she is glad she changed her mind.

“It’s a part of history,” said Rice, who planned to attend the ceremony.

The rebuilt gazebo is being unveiled by the nonprofit Rebuild Foundation two days before what would have been Tamir’s 17th birthday. His mother hasn’t found a permanent home for the structure but said she hasn’t ruled out the possibility that it could be displayed in Cleveland again.

The city paid $6 million to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit over Tamir’s death.

He was shot by officer Timothy Loehmann within seconds of a cruiser skidding to a stop outside the recreation center in November 2014 as Loehmann and his partner responded to a report of a man with a gun.

Loehmann was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing but was later fired in 2017 for failing to disclose to the city that he previously had been forced out by another department. The Cleveland police union has challenged Loehmann’s firing, calling the decision a “witch hunt.”


Samaria Rice has opposed the union’s appeal effort. Earlier this month, she delivered petitions with more than 170,000 signatures urging the union to stop trying to overturn Loehmann’s firing.


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Published at Sat, 22 Jun 2019 14:50:00 +0000

Chicago man dies from I-90 crash injuries

Chicago man dies from I-90 crash injuries

A Chicago man died after a four-vehicle collision Friday morning on Interstate 90 near Des Plaines, authorities said Saturday.

Andrew Szimon, 54, was stopped in traffic on the westbound Jane Addams Memorial Tollway near the Elmhurst Road exit about 8 a.m. when Stepan Dehod, of Hamtramck, Michigan, struck Szimon’s Blue Jeep Patriot with his White Volvo semitrailer truck, according to the Illinois State Police.

The impact caused a chain reaction with two other vehicles, the news release said. The people in the other vehicles were not injured.

Szimon was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he died Saturday morning.

Dehod was taken to a hospital as a precaution due to emotional distress after the crash, the release said. Authorities are still investigating the collision

Published at Sat, 22 Jun 2019 22:42:54 +0000

Cops: Aurora man faces pot possession charges after running from police

Cops: Aurora man faces pot possession charges after running from police

An Aurora man is facing drug charges after he tried running from police Thursday night, authorities said.

Myles Wisley, 22, of the 1000 block of Elmwood Drive, was charged with possession of cannabis over 30 grams and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, both felonies, and obstructing a peace officer, a misdemeanor.

The Aurora Police Department’s Special Operations Group was conducting patrols in the area of Pennsylvania Avenue and West Park Avenue on Aurora’s west side when they saw Wisley — known to the police from previous contact — grab a bag from a vehicle and stuff it into his pants, according to a news release from the Aurora Police Department. Wisley began running from the police but eventually surrendered, telling police he had “four ounces of weed in (his) pants,” the release said. He also admitted to having more cannabis, scales and other drug selling equipment in the vehicle, but he said the cannabis was for personal use.

The news release noted that, even with the pending changes to Illinois cannabis laws effective in January 2020, this offense would have been unlawful based on the total weight and packaging, and would still be considered a felony possession and intent to deliver charge.

He was taken to the Kane County jail to be arraigned and will appear in court at a future date.

Published at Sat, 22 Jun 2019 22:54:00 +0000

Stop the violence: Chicago youth programs, resources

Stop the violence: Chicago youth programs, resources

CHICAGO (WLS) — Have you or someone you know been affected by violence in your community? The following is a list of resources in Chicago that are ready to help.

Chicago Youth Programs
CHICAGO PROUD: Chicago Youth Program graduates give back to organization
The mission of Chicago Youth Programs is to improve the health and life opportunities of at-risk youth using a comprehensive approach aimed at developing their capabilities. CYP is an award-winning, innovative program created by Northwestern University medical students in 1984. CYP currently offers services in three under-served communities: Near North/ Cabrini Green, Washington Park, and Uptown. The Cabrini Green Youth Program started in 1984, the Washington Park Youth Program was founded in 1995, and the Uptown Community Youth Program began in 1998.

Dovetail Project
CHICAGO PROUD: Dovetail Project teaches young men how to be fathers
We give young African American fathers – ages 17 to 24 – the skills and support they need to be better fathers for their children and better men in their communities. The group’s objectives are to increase the quantity and quality of time fathers spend with their children, provide the skills fathers need to gain and maintain employment, and ensure fathers enroll in school or begin the process of completing a GED.

Westside Cultural Foundation
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The Westside Cultural Foundation is an Illinois not-for-profit. It was established in 2012 in an effort to create cultural and educational outlets for the youth, adults and seniors of the West Side of Chicago (specifically Lawndale, Austin and Garfield Park) and to support the Chicago Westside Music Festival.

Chicago Urban League
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The Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong, sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration and innovation.

Urban Initiatives
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Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower Chicago’s youth to become community leaders through academic success, healthy living, and social-emotional learning. The group builds on the inherent power of sports and teamwork to unify diverse stakeholders and strengthen communities.

Community Organizing Family Issues
CHICAGO PROUD: Parents join forces to create peace centers
COFI’s mission is to strengthen the power and voice of low-income and working families at all levels of civic life-from local institutions and communities to the local, state, and federal policy arenas.

Future Ties
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Chicago Police officer Jennifer Maddox launched Future Ties in 2011, while serving as a security officer at Parkway Gardens during her off hours. After noticing that young residents often caused trouble because they were bored, she convinced building management to open a basement so she could provide activities for the kids after school. The program has since expanded to operate year round, and Maddox hopes that one day Future Ties will be able to reach all 1,200 kids that live in the complex.

Blackstone Bikes
CHICAGO PROUD: Chicago bike shop also offers youth educational programs
Blackstone Bicycle Works is a bustling community bike shop, offering repairs and sales of refurbished bikes. It is also the only bike shop in Chicago that offers over 150 youth the opportunity to work in a retail setting, to earn bikes and accessories as they learn the art and science of bicycle mechanics, to learn about how a business works, to discover the satisfaction of a job well done, to participate in the civic life of a vibrant community, to be safe and free of the pressures of the streets, and to have fun.

Girls 4 Science
CHICAGO PROUD: Girls 4 Science helps young women find interest in STEM
Girls 4 Science is a non-profit organization that addresses the lack of accessible quality science programs for female youth in the Chicagoland area. The group believes science exposure and increased scientific literacy will equip young women to confidently pursue STEM studies and careers.

South Suburban Defenders
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The South Suburban Defenders is a non-profit baseball team comprised of law enforcement officers and members of the community. The group’s mission is to develop each student-athlete to reach maximum peak performance on and off the baseball field. They believe by having active law enforcement members work with children in the community, the broken relationship between the community and law enforcement can be mended. Through dedication, commitment, hard work, perseverance and faith, future leaders can be developed in the community.

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Angel Corps Network
The Angel Corps is a network of supportive and trained individuals who help people, especially those who are unable to stand by themselves, to navigate the pain and loss of a loved one.

Apna Ghar
Apna Ghar provides emergency shelter and transitional housing, along with a range of supportive services, to survivors of domestic abuse in the Chicago area. All services are free and available to survivors regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, or socioeconomic status.

A Safe Haven
This not-for-profit foundation that helps renews communities and rebuilds lives. With a holistic approach, the foundation helps to provide services such as affordable housing, addiction treatment, education and job training.

Becoming a Man
Youth Guidance’s school-based counseling and mentoring program that promotes social, emotional and behavioral competencies for at-risk African American and Latino youth from Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods.

Bereaved Parents of the USA
A national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope especially to the newly bereaved be they bereaved parents grandparents or siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings. There are 7 chapters of Bereaved Parents in Illinois.

Blair Holt Peace Alliance
Blair Holt Peace Alliance offers: A support group for 12-24 year olds affected by violence, mentoring, conflict resolution for gangs, drug abuse and bullying, prayer vigils, coordination of marches and rallies, gun violence workshops.

Build Chicago
BUILD works in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to provide at-risk youth with alternatives to gang activity and violence. Since 1969, they have helped more than 90,000 young people develop their individual competencies, strengthen their commitments to education and lead happier, more productive lives.

Casa Central
Casa Central transforms lives and strengthens communities with a special focus on Hispanics. Our network of services propels a diverse population of all ages toward self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life.

CeaseFire Illinois
This Chicago-based, anti-violence program uses a public health approach to stopping violence by helping to change behavior independent studies have shown that shootings are down as much as 40 percent in Chicago communities where Ceasefire operates.

Center on Halsted (formerly Horizons Community Services)
Since its inception in 1988, The Anti-Violence Project has provided crisis counseling, information and referrals, and legal advocacy to thousands of survivors of violence and discrimination. (773) 871-CARE (2273).

Chicago Area Project
CAP believes that community problems cannot be solved by bringing in outside agencies to “fix” local problems such as delinquency, gang violence, substance abuse, and unemployment. Chicago Area Project is a strong network of more than 40 grassroots organizations and special projects aimed at promoting positive youth development and preventing juvenile delinquency through community-building.

Chicago Citizens for Change (CCC)
CCC’s mission is to reduce youth violence through programs and partnerships that strengthen communities and promote restorative peace-making by supporting families and youth who have experienced loss due to violence.

Chicago Clergy Coalition
The Chicago Clergy Coalition is an interfaith alliance of religious leaders and churches, mosques, and temples throughout the Chicago area united under the motto, “that they may all be one”.

Chicago Safe Start
Designed to bring Chicago based people and programs together to help the healing begin for young children exposed to violence (CEV). Whether you’re the parent or caregiver of a child, an interested citizen, a civic leader or a professional service provider, we can work together to bring the kids back into focus. So every child is safe from the start.

Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – Victim Witness
The mission of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Assistance Unit is to enhance prosecution efforts by delivering the highest quality of services to victims and witnesses in the areas of advocacy and court support. Our outreach efforts will be immediate, and our response will be respectful, professional, thorough and consistent.

Crisis Center for South Suburbia
The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence and addresses the societal issues that contribute to domestic violence.

Crosswalk Chicago
Founded at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, CROSSwalk is an effort of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago to engage people of faith and community organizations in addressing the escalating violence against youth in Chicago.

Enlace Chicago
Neighborhood schools fall below state standards. Children play on the streets due to a lack of parks, playgrounds, and green space. Residents must consistently face the violence that sporadically erupts between gangs. Enlace Chicago works to improve these conditions through a preventative and proactive approach that strengthens our families, our neighborhood, and thereby, our city.

Family / Friends against Violent Acts
We have vowed as an organization to do our part and help keep women, men, and children safe from the hands of their abusers. We are fighting to provide a safe haven for the abused so that they can live a lifestyle free of violence. We want people to know that these situations can be prevented and everyone is entitled to live in peace.

Family Rescue
Family rescue dedicated to eliminating domestic violence in the Chicago community by providing comprehensive support services and shelter to victims of domestic violence; particularly to abused women and their children; engaging in advocacy to promote future system change and encouraging prevention through community education.

House of the Good Shepherd
House of the Good Shepherd offers an intensive residential recovery program for women with children who are struggling to overcome the trauma of domestic violence. We promote healing and recovery for the mothers and children we serve, and empower the women to become self-sufficient so they can live thriving lives, free from poverty and violence.

Illinois Council against Handgun Violence
ICHV is the oldest and largest statewide organization in the U.S. working to prevent the devastation caused by firearms. ICHV works on a variety of fronts to educate, raise public awareness, and build coalitions to enact change in laws and behavior.

Illinois Victim Assistance Academy (IVAA)
(IVAA) is to forge a statewide commitment to helping victims of crime rebuild their lives by delivering comprehensive training to victim assistance providers and allied professionals in Illinois.

Kids Off the Block, Inc.
Kids off the block have served more than 2,000 kids as a mentoring site and a safe haven away from the streets. Young people show up at her center for tutoring, job training and field trips.

La Rabida Children’s Trauma Center
La Rabida’s Chicago Child Trauma Center (CCTC) provides direct trauma-focused services for children who have experienced medical trauma or who have been exposed to severe physical abuse, sexual abuse, fires, violent crime, and witnessing domestic violence. The CCTC is the only agency in Chicago that specializes in trauma-focused assessment and psychotherapy for the full range of potentially traumatic events experienced by children.

Little Black Pearl
Little Black Pearl is a state of the art facility in the city where kids can show their work and benefit from the sale of their art. LBP provides a safe environment, positive role models, various creative activities and job training.

Moms Demand Action
Mothers coming together to fight for tougher gun control measures. The group hopes to prevent more moms from experiencing the pain and heartache of those who have experienced the loss of a child.

Metropolitan Family Services – Calumet Center
Metropolitan Calumet has been serving families throughout the Greater Roseland community for more than 50 years. Families struggling with poverty and violence turn to Metropolitan Calumet for vital and supportive services provided by professional, caring staff.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events

Now is The Time Chicago
Now is the Time is a city wide initiative inspiring Chicago’s young people to make a difference in their communities and stop youth violence and intolerance. he Chicago Public Library, Facing History and Ourselves, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company join forces to start this conversation in Chicago’s many neighborhoods, along with theaters involved in Now Is The Time to ACT and dozens of other organizations and institutions.

Parents of Murdered Children, Inc (POMC)
POMC makes the difference through on-going emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy, and awareness. Membership is open to those who have been cruelly bereaved by the murder of a loved one. Professionals who are in frequent contact with grieving families are also welcome to join.

Purpose Over Pain
Formed through the Chicago Police Department CAPS program with 7 families that had lost their children to senseless gun violence. The name Purpose over Pain was inspired by these parents relentless pursuit of solutions to gun violence as their purpose as they faced their pain.

Rainbow House
Rainbow House is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to the goal of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and the devastating impact that often goes with it.

Roseland Youth Voices Against Violence
Youth Voices provides after school programs including tutoring and recreation. It’s also a place for young people to take pride in their community, talk to each other about issues that affect them and learn conflict resolution. For more information call Gwen Baxter at (773) 629-8804.

Safer Foundation
Safer Foundation focuses on helping people with criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community.

Sarah’s Inn
Sarah’s Inn is committed to ensuring a violence-free society with guaranteed rights, protection under the law and equal access to services for all women and their families. We believe in the strength of the women and families we serve.

Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation
The Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides support and assistance to children ages 7-17 whose parent, legal guardian, or sibling fell victim to homicide. Through our partnership with Comfort Zone Camp ( and our college scholarship program, we believe that we can transform a child’s tragedy into a bright future.

The film is about a boy barely 12 years old, who lives in a world of never-ending violence. To give him back his childhood, we must end the war on our streets. It’s time for action. Step inside his art, his mind, his existence – a world at war.

UCAN Chicago
UCAN strives to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment. Youth who have suffered trauma can become our future leaders.

United for a Cause
UFAC is a community-based activist organization that provides services and resources to women, children, and families that have been victimized by violent crimes. UFAC works on behalf of women who have lost children and loved ones to violence, inside and outside of the home, and provides support to aid in the healing process from violent crimes such as medical outreach, court proceedings, and much more.

Victim Advocacy Support Program
Victim Advocacy Support Program (VASP) provides comfort and emotional support for victims of domestic violence and other violent crime. VASP guides them as they struggle with the aftermath of transgressions.

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Published at Sat, 06 Aug 2050 18:24:00 +0000

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Tackle Fake Tabloid Rumors

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Tackle Fake Tabloid Rumors

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are setting the record straight on the ridiculous split rumors.

Since the speculation is so silly, the famous actors decided to address the salacious gossip in the only way they know how… with a healthy sense of humor, reported E! News.

“I guess it’s over… Maybe next week my wife will be having twins. For the third time. But who’s counting,” the actor jokingly captioned a video of him and Mila.

In the hilarious clip, his former “That ’70s Show” co-star deadpans, “I felt suffocated.”

In response, Ashton admits, “I was just so overbearing wasn’t I?”

And, according to the tabloid that broke the lie, she took the kids too.

If that wasn’t enough, Ashton apparently has a dark secret that forced Mila to leave him for good.

Of course, the reporting on the couple is fake news. It’s been nearly four-years since the pair exchanged vows and it’s safe to say they are still going strong.

Together, they share two kids, Wyatt and Dmitri, who they clearly adore.

Little else is known about what goes on behind closed doors at the Kutcher-Kunis home since they are fiercely protective of their kids, but every once in a while the stars show a bit of PDA. Last year, they shared an enviable kiss on the streets of Los Angeles and they occasionally share a sneak peek at their romantic date nights on Instagram. 

“I have the world’s greatest husband,” the actress told E! News at Cinemacon 2018 in April. “I swear, I got very lucky, man. I got a man that has got a lot of patience and is incredibly supportive of our family.”

Published at Fri, 21 Jun 2019 20:54:40 +0000

Analysis: What Does Dach Pick Mean for Blackhawks?

Analysis: What Does Dach Pick Mean for Blackhawks?

After the top two picks went as expected, the Chicago Blackhawks really got the draft started when they selected Kirby Dach with the third overall pick on Friday night.

Dach, a big forward measuring 6-foot-4 and 198 pounds, was lauded for his ability to play with a physical edge and his ability to drive to the net, and the Blackhawks are hoping that he will be able to compete at the NHL level right away next season.

The big question, of course, is what exactly the Blackhawks are getting with the selection. Dach had some strong numbers last season with the Saskatoon Blades, scoring 25 goals and dishing out 48 assists, but with the team passing on a defenseman in Bowen Byram and passing on other speedy forwards like Trevor Zegras, some fans are curious about the motivation behind drafting Dach.

In all likelihood, the Blackhawks envision Dach as the type of player who can play a facilitating role for wingers like Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane, possibly as soon as next season. He has excellent hands and is an extremely good passer, and his high assist totals at every level of hockey he’s played indicate good ice vision and a willingness to drive offense with precise passes.

That vision is backed up by several scouting reports on the forward, with ISS Hockey complimenting him on his “great combination of size, strength, and puck skills” and Future Considerations lauding his “very soft hands” around the net.

With great hands and some physical play, Dach has drawn comparisons to Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, and he could potentially fit in well as a number two or three center in Jeremy Colliton’s system.

While there aren’t a lot of knocks on Dach’s game overall, there are questions about whether he’ll stick in the NHL to start the new season, a potential issue for a Blackhawks team that is trying to maximize the remaining windows of players like Kane and Jonathan Toews.

Bowman said that Dach will have “every opportunity” to make the NHL roster this season, but that’s far from a guarantee.

 Bowman and company will also have to answer is whether they made a mistake in not taking Byram with the third pick. The defenseman, widely considered to be the top defenseman in the draft, ended up going to the Colorado Avalanche with the fourth selection, and he will be a tremendous fit for the team’s divisional rival as he fires passes to Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, and the rest of the club’s speedy forwards.

Finally, there is the question about what the selection of Dach could mean for Dylan Strome. The forward had a tremendous year in the 2018-19 campaign, but he is due for a significant pay raise, and the Blackhawks may try to flip him for other assets if Dach ends up living up to the hype afforded the third overall pick.

The answer to that query remains to be seen, but the Blackhawks clearly envision Dach filling a role that only one other center on their roster (that means Toews) currently fills. The pick could end up being a critical one for Bowman’s future in Chicago, and if it pans out, it could provide a big boost to a club desperate to get back into the postseason.

Published at Sat, 22 Jun 2019 02:41:18 +0000