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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks prospects to clash in Memorial Cup semifinal

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

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Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat and the Erie Otters will face off against prospects Matthew Highmore and Nathan Noel and the Saint John Sea Dogs in Friday’s semifinal at the Memorial Cup.

The winner of Friday’s game will play the host Windsor Spitfires and prospect Graham Knott in Sunday’s championship game.

HAWKS

**Price: Why I’m a Blackhawks fan (SCH)

**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

**Blues hire Steve Ott as assistant coach (St. Louis GameTime)

**Fletcher’s battle with Jason Pominville’s contract (Hockey Wilderness)

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

NHL

**RECAP: Kunitz’s 2OT goal lead Penguins back to Stanley Cup Final (Pensburgh)

**Penguins' patience pays off in solving Ottawa puzzle (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

**Gorman: Kunitz the hero for Penguins (Pittsburgh Tribune Live)

**Crosby provides intangibles to help lead Penguins back to Cup Final (Pittsburgh Tribune Live)

**Anderson rose to the challenge for Senators (Ottawa Citizen)

**Warren: Regardless of the result, a great night for hockey (Ottawa Citizen)

**NHL will reportedly have 13 new uniforms for 2017-18 season (SBN)

**Shoulder surgery to keep Lindholm, Vatanen out for months (OC Register)

**Ducks need players beyond Big Three to carry more of the load (OC Register)

**Blue Jackets sign USHL Sioux City’s goalie Matiss Kivlenieks (PHT)

**Report: Finnish goalie Sateri eyeing NHL after strong showing at Worlds (PHT)

**Oilers reportedly lose Lander to Russia (PHT)

**Hurricanes’ expansion drama: Who’s coming, not who’s going (The News & Observer)

HOCKEY WORLD

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

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