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Morning Bag Skate: 4 Blackhawks prospects advance in Memorial Cup

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Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world.

Saint John Sea Dogs v Gatineau Olympiques Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images

Blackhawks prospect Graham Knott and the Windsor Spitfires shut down the Erie Otters and Alex DeBrincat 4-2 in Tuesday’s game at the Memorial Cup.

Windsor’s win automatically puts them into Sunday’s championship game after three straight wins in round robin play.

Erie’s loss ends a 10-game winning streak by OHL champions at the Memorial Cup. The Otters now prepare for a semifinal matchup against the Saint John Sea Dogs and Hawks prospects Matthew Highmore and Nathan Noel on Friday.

HAWKS

**Hawks to pick No. 26 overall (SCH)

**Hawks unveil plans for next month’s draft (Chicago Tribune)

**Are 3 Cups enough for this Hawks era (SCH)

**Kane says Predators sweep was ‘probably how it should’ve been’ (SCH)

**Hawks ‘in contention’ for Czech defenseman Jan Rutta, per report (SCH)

**Samuelsson top candidate to be Hawks’ assistant coach, per report (SCH)

**2017 Memorial Cup: Hawks prospects’ schedule, times, results (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Report: Stars make more changes in goal, hire ex-Detroit coach Bedard (Defending Big D)

**Blues add Darryl Sydor as assistant coach (PHT)

**Do the Blues need to follow Nashville’s lead? (St. Louis GameTime)

**Former Avs assistant Tim Army not surprised he was let go (Denver Post)

**Avs prospects help Colorado Eagles reach ECHL’s Kelly Cup Final (Denver Post)

**Avs fire assistants Tim Army, Dave Farrish, Francois Allaire (Mile High Hockey)

**Should the Wild bottom out? History shows it can work (Star Tribune)

NHL

**Refs, DOPS, and Ops are botching Stanley Cup playoffs (VICE)

**Senators must grasp a moment that may never come again (Ottawa Citizen)

**Smith has work cut out for him trying to shut down Malkin (Ottawa Citizen)

**Game 7 is nothing new for Penguins (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

**Gorman: Time for Penguins to repeat a message (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

**The Mistake by the lake: Remembering the Cleveland Barons (The Hockey News)

**Report: Panthers to interview Bob Boughner for head coaching job (theScore)

**Detroit signs Czech d-man Sulak (Winging It In Motown)

**Cunningham joins Coyotes front office as pro scout (PHT)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Windsor’s DiPietro staying even-keeled, keeping eye on ultimate goal (Sportsnet)

**Sergei Mozyakin named KHL’s MVP for 4th time in 5 years (PHT)

**Watch hockey legend Slava Fetisov rap in Russian group's music video (Puck Daddy)