Four Blackhawks prospects, including Kirby Dach and Adam Boqvist, sustained “minor” injures in the Blackhawks’ 6-1 win over the Wild in the seventh-place game Tuesday at the NHL Prospect tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.
Dach (shoulder) exited in the first period, while Boqvist (upper-body contusion) and forwards Philipp Kurashev (upper and lower-body) and Mikael Hakkarainen (teeth) left in the second period and did not return. All four players were held out for precautionary reasons.
Dach was the first to go off in the first period after being hit by Darian Pilon, who was given a boarding penalty. Dach was slow to get up, but skated off the ice under his own power favoring his left arm. After sitting on the bench for a brief moment, Dach walked to the locker room to be examined by a trainer.
Kurashev exited with a trainer following a hard hit from Damien Giroux, who was ejected for boarding.
The nasty boarding penalty that sent Kirby Dach to the locker room. #HawksProspects pic.twitter.com/AiNSwgm8KL— Carter Baum (@CarterBaum) September 10, 2019
The Blackhawks are optimistic they’ll be ready for training camp, which starts Friday at Fifth Third Arena in Chicago.
Breaking: All four injured Blackhawks prospects are mostly fine.— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) September 10, 2019
Right now it’s “pointing towards” them all being ready for the start of training camp Friday, Mark Bernard says.