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Morning Bag Skate: 9-1-18

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

St. Louis Blues v Chicago Blackhawks

BLACKHAWKS

**Hawks T25U25: Nick Schmaltz at No. 1 (SCH)

**Hawks T25U25: Complete rankings (SCH)

**What should the Hawks do with their cap space? (The Athletic)

**4 Hawks make Sportsnet’s top 100 NHL players list (SCH)

**Former Hawk of the Week: Tuomo Ruutu (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**How Avs’ MacKinnon became the NHL’s most gifted athlete (Sportsnet)

**Blues need to win Stanley Cup for legend Bob Plager (St. Louis GameTime)

**Blues’ Fabbri eager to prove himself after consecutive knee injuries (Sportsnet)

**Wild T25U25: Gustav Bouramman at No. 21 (Hockey Wilderness)

NHL

**The mental challenge of transitioning from celebrating a Stanley Cup to defending it (NBC Sports Washington)

**Bergeron not going to China, hoping to play in Bruins’ season opener (theScore)

**NHL team tiers: A player, coach, executive and scout project the 31 teams (The Athletic)

**Subban ready to show Maple Leafs he’s better: ‘You expect to win’ (Sportsnet)

**5 preseason predictions for the Penguins (Pensburgh)

**Season preview: Canucks (The Athletic)

**Coyotes T25U25: Keller at No. 1 (Five For Howling)

**Maple Leafs T25U25: Matthews at No. 1 (Pension Plan Puppets)

**Canadiens T25U25: Drouin at No. 1 (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**Islanders T25U25: Pulock at No. 2 (Lighthouse Hockey)

**Blue Jackets T25U25: Dubois at No. 3 (Jackets Cannon)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Women’s hockey T25U25: No. 1 Alex Carpenter (The Ice Garden)

**CHL notebook: OHL adds new trade rules, wild card playoff games (Pension Plan Puppets)

**Cherie Piper joins Markham Thunder coaching staff (Pension Plan Puppets)

**Why the Connecticut Whale should pursue Finnish goaltender Meeri Räisänen (The Ice Garden)