Morning Bag Skate: 4 Blackhawks prospects advance in Memorial Cup

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

Blackhawks prospect Graham Knott and the Windsor Spitfires shut down the Erie Otters and Alex DeBrincat 4-2 in Tuesday’s game at the Memorial Cup.

Windsor’s win automatically puts them into Sunday’s championship game after three straight wins in round robin play.

Erie’s loss ends a 10-game winning streak by OHL champions at the Memorial Cup. The Otters now prepare for a semifinal matchup against the Saint John Sea Dogs and Hawks prospects Matthew Highmore and Nathan Noel on Friday.


**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)


**Report: Stars make more changes in goal, hire ex-Detroit coach Bedard (Defending Big D)

**Blues add Darryl Sydor as assistant coach (PHT)

**Do the Blues need to follow Nashville’s lead? (St. Louis GameTime)

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

**Avs prospects help Colorado Eagles reach ECHL’s Kelly Cup Final (Denver Post)

**Avs fire assistants Tim Army, Dave Farrish, Francois Allaire (Mile High Hockey)

**Should the Wild bottom out? History shows it can work (Star Tribune)


**Refs, DOPS, and Ops are botching Stanley Cup playoffs (VICE)

**Senators must grasp a moment that may never come again (Ottawa Citizen)

**Smith has work cut out for him trying to shut down Malkin (Ottawa Citizen)

**Game 7 is nothing new for Penguins (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

**Gorman: Time for Penguins to repeat a message (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

**The Mistake by the lake: Remembering the Cleveland Barons (The Hockey News)

**Report: Panthers to interview Bob Boughner for head coaching job (theScore)

**Detroit signs Czech d-man Sulak (Winging It In Motown)

**Cunningham joins Coyotes front office as pro scout (PHT)


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

**Sergei Mozyakin named KHL’s MVP for 4th time in 5 years (PHT)

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