Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks prospects Matthew Highmore, Nathan Noel on verge of QMJHL championship

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

Chicago Blackhawks prospect Matthew Highmore had an assist in Saint John’s 2-0 win to take a 3-0 series lead in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s President Cup Final on Tuesday. Nathan Noel was held scoreless for the Sea Dogs, who look to finish off a sweep to claim the title and a spot in the Memorial Cup in Game 4 on Wednesday.

Alex DeBrincat and Erie will play Game 4 of the Ontario Hockey League’s Championship Series on Wednesday. The Otters hold a 2-1 series lead.


**Which IceHogs can help the Hawks next season? (SCH)

**Hawks need to address organizational goalie depth this offseason (SCH)

**Carcillo staying busy by helping out former players, future ones (CSN)

**2017 World Championship preview: Hawks edition (SCH)


**Preds are an offensive engine built with defensive parts (On The Forecheck)

**Stars acquire Bishop’s negotiating rights from Kings (Defending Big D)

**Why the Stars shouldn’t trade the No. 3 overall pick (Defending Big D)

**Schroeder sets career highs, but is still a tweener (Hockey Wilderness)

**Koivu excelled in new role (Hockey Wilderness)

**Blues say Tarasenko does not need surgery (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Blues want long-term deal for Parayko, who will play at Worlds (PHT)

**Allen silenced skeptics with 'absolutely incredible' postseason (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Gordo: Blues, fans have reasons to be excited (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Sakic: ‘There’s going to be a lot of turnover’ (PHT)


**Stanley Cup playoff schedule, matchups (SBN)

**RECAP: Karlsson leads Senators past Rangers into East Final (Silver Seven)

**Rangers to host Sabres in 2018 Winter Classic at Citi Field (New York Times)

**Vegas NHL Draft hats leak, offer jersey hint? (Puck Daddy)

**Something has to give in Penguins-Capitals Game 7 (Pensburgh)

**What’s going on with Crosby’s concussion situation? (Pensburgh)

**3 keys for Penguins to win Game 7 (Pensburgh)

**Ducks recall former IceHog Carrick for Game 7 (PHT)

**Kings re-sign Pearson for four years, $15M (PHT)

**Rangers sign WHL Everett’s Leedahl (Blueshirt Banter)

**Devils extend d-man Loov for 1 year, $650,000 (PHT)

**Darling’s contract shows ‘Canes GM Francis might be a ninja (Canes Country)

**Bruins expect Bergeron, Rask to be ready for next season after surgeries (PHT)

**Barclays, Islanders officially begin lease agreement negotiations (Lighthouse Hockey)

**Hughes: Keep former Kings GM Lombardi away from Flyers (Broad Street Hockey)

**Flyers’ Voracek injured in Czech Republic’s game vs. Finland at Worlds (Broad Street Hockey)

**NBA legend Barkley says Stanley Cup playoffs are more fun than NBA playoffs this year (SBN)


**College Hockey Recruiting Process: 10 things to know (SBNCH)

**QMJHL: Saint John shuts out Blainville-Boisbriand for 3-0 series lead (Sportsnet)

**WHL: Brown stops 35 as Regina tops Seattle in Game 3 (Sportsnet)