Morning Bag Skate: Former Blackhawk James Wisniewski named to Team USA’s 2018 Olympic team

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

Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman James Wisniewski was named to the United States men’s team for the 2018 Winter Olympics from Feb. 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Wisniewski, who was drafted by Chicago in the fifth round in 2002, scored 56 points in 168 games across parts of four seasons with the Hawks.

Kendall Coyne, a Palos Heights native, was also named to Americans women’s team, while Josh Misiewicz (La Grange), Kevin McKee (Chicago) and Brody Roybal (Northlake) will play for the Paralympics team. McKee and Roybal won gold at the 2014 Sochi Games.

The Chicago Blackhawks return to action Wednesday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


**5 Hawks prospects advance to WJC quarterfinals (SCH)

**Toews still waiting for the results to catch up to his play (Chicago Sun Times)

**Former Hawk Bryan Bickell finding purpose after hockey career (The Athletic)

**Despite some big losses, Hawks hanging around in playoff picture (Chicago Tribune)

**IceHogs are still learning how to stay consistent (The Daily Herald)


**Parise finally set for season debut with Wild (Star Tribune)

**Sanford is quietly back to skating (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Brodziak staying on third line for now (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**How Predators survive without Filip Forsberg (On The Forecheck)

**Kerfoot on solid footing with Avs (The Denver Post)


**RECAP: Miller’s OT tally lifts Rangers over Sabres in Winter Classic (SBN)

**Can the Maple Leafs take the next step in 2018? (The Athletic)


**Team USA Olympic men’s hockey roster revealed (SBN)

**2018 World Juniors: Schedule, how to watch, scores, results (SCH)

**Pronman: 2018 World Juniors daily scouting journal (The Athletic)