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Breaking: Blackhawks sign NCAA superstar

Finally some good news for Hawks fans… 54 points in just 35 games, can this kid bring it in the NHL?

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According to a report from Scott Powers of The Athletic the Chicago Blackhawks have signed NCAA superstar Dylan Sikura to an entry-level contract

Details of the contract to come. 

Sikura is a former 6th round pick (178th overall) of the Hawks from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, the native of Aurora, Ontario has had a stellar college career with Northeastern. The 22-year-old forward put up 22 goals and 54 points in just 35 games, following up on his remarkable 21 goal, 57 point season from a year ago.

DobberProspects.com’s Tony Carr projects the 6’0”, 165 lb Sikura to be a bottom-six forward in the NHL with some offensive upside. He’ll need to add some muscle and bulk to his 6 foot frame, but once he does he could become the Hawks’ next version of Andrew Shaw or David Bolland.

Laviolette gets ejected after absolutely losing it on the refs

In case you missed it, Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette was ejected from last night’s 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild after Laviolette lost his cool on the referees. 

Here’s how it all played out:

Preds forward Scott Hartnell absolutely DRILLED Wild forward Joel Eriksson-Ek from behind with a dirty hit. Hartnell then gets dumped by three Wild players, including tough guy Nick Seeler. There was no call from the referees on Hartnell’s original hit, but someone he ends up in the penalty box. Laviolette assumes, incorrectly, that his team is about to get a power play for the beatdown that Hartnell receives and is absolutely incensed when he finds out that Hartnell is in fact the perpetrator. 

The refs sort it out, drop the puck but then immediately have to blow the play down because of Laviolette. The veteran head coach is STILL giving it to the refs all the way from the bench and what he said must have been truly awful because at that point he gets tossed from the game.

Here’s the entire sequence, but some fair warning on this first: the Predators broadcast crew is EXTREMELY one-sided in their analysis of this play, so just bear that in mind. Anyways, check it out:

Peter is fired up! Maybe it was the play, or maybe Laviolette is just frustrated after dropping two straight games? NHL fans and analysts have been picking Nashville as a Stanley Cup favorite since the offseason but the powerhouse team has begun to show signs of cracking lately. It could be that Laviolette’s frustration is just boiling over. Or, it could be that he’s trying to motivate and inspire his team a bit? Whatever the case, the Preds will need to sort things out in short order because they take on the surging Winnipeg Jets tonight in a HUGE Central Division matchup.