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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks add another defenseman prospect into the fold

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

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The Chicago Blackhawks added another defenseman its ledger by signing prospect Dennis Gilbert to a three-year entry-level deal Friday.

In other prospect news, defenseman Henri Jokiharju’s season ended with the Portland Winterhawks’ 4-0 loss to the Everett Silvertips in Game 5 of their second-round series Friday. The 18-year-old scored 12 goals and had 59 assists in 63 games this season. He added eight points (three goals, five assists) in 12 postseason contests.

BLACKHAWKS

**Hawks sign prospect Gilbert to 3-year ELC (SCH)

**Toews delivers game-worn Broncos jerseys to Humboldt (SCH)

**Prospect Fortin taking longer, more educational path to NHL (The Athletic)

**With Hawks core fading, DeBrincat, Schmaltz & Co. need to step up (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Look: Alex DeBrincat’s adorable dog Ralph has his own Instagram (SCH)

**Which Hawks will play at Worlds? (SCH)

**Celebrate Blackhawks legend Scott Foster with this T-shirt (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Game 2: Jets top Wild, extend lead to 2-0 (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Rexrode: Avs a bit dramatic on Johansen hit (The Tennessean)

**Avs GM Sakic unhappy with how NHL handled Johansen hit (The Denver Post)

**Stars’ coach Hitchcock retires (Defending Big D)

**Stars season grades: Jason Dickinson (Defending Big D)

**Stars season grades: Remi Elie (Defending Big D)

NHL

**Stanley Cup playoffs: Bracket, schedule, scores and more (SBN)

**Game 2: Elliott, Flyers defeat Penguins to even series (Broad Street Hockey)

**Game 2: Golden Knights top Kings in 2OT, take 2-0 series lead (Knights On Ice)

**Las Vegas’ Statue of Liberty dons Golden Knights jersey (Knights On Ice)

**Leafs’ Kadri suspended 3 games for illegal hit on Bruins’ Wingels (SBN)

**Columbus’ Wennberg doubtful for Game 2 after Wilson hit (theScore)

**Blue Jackets made minor history, and Capitals need answers (SBN)

**Capitals’ Kuznetsov, Blue Jackets’ Panarin shared rink in Russia, NHL playoff spotlight (The Washington Post)

**One game in, Palat looks primed for another huge Lightning playoff run (SBN)

**About last season: Canes’ Faulk performance review, grade (Canes Country)

HOCKEY WORLD

**OHL Playoffs: Frontenacs beat Colts to advance to conference final (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Playoffs: Armada wins series vs. Wildcats (Sportsnet)

**WHL Playoffs: Hurricanes down Wheat Kings in Game 5 to advance to semis (Sportsnet)