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    2024-2025 NHL Season

    Want to get started on the 2024-2025 NHL thread. So much movement has been going on every single day for weeks now and it's really picked up the last 10 days. Not a single franchise is standing pat. Welcome to the Utah Hockey Club. Utah is a great landing spot for NHL Hockey. Portland would be better...much better. Portland has always been a hockey town first and foremost. In 1916 the Portland Rosebuds won the PCHA championship and briefly held the Stanley Cup, losing it to the Montreal Canadiens in the 1916 Stanley Cup Finals. Their win is memorialized on the Stanley Cup as "Portland Ore./PCHA Champions/1915–16" on the 1909 base ring, one of the permanent rings. Portland was the first United States-based team to participate in the Stanley Cup Finals.

    I'm really interested to see how the Kraken respond after their Cinderella Sophomore Campaign was followed by a more realistic 2023-2024 season that saw them never seriously competing for a playoff spot. Ultimately, blame went to the Head Coach (as it always does in Hockey, when that's rarely the case, but whatever). Columbus is seeking new direction and going with experience with a new Head Coach (got to be the Coach's fault, right?), and they are also looking to add draft picks by trading down (they know they need talent). Chicago goes into season two of Connor Bedard with visions of what might be after seeing the player he's often been comparted to in Connor McDavid dominate the Hockey World this season and during these playoffs.

    All three of those teams are highly likely to miss the playoffs again in 2024-2025, which is fine, as they all have foundations to build upon, all three being at completely different places and situations in their rebuilds. With that, here's the latest mock draft from PHR https://www.prohockeyrumors.com/2024-nhl-draft ...

    For Blackhawk fans:

    2. Chicago Blackhawks – Artyom Levshunov (RHD) / Michigan State University (Big Ten, NCAA)
    It seems the debate has come down to two options – rounding out the defense with Artyom Levshunov or finding Bedard’s partner-in-crime with winger Ivan Demidov. The latter seems to have a camp of supporters in Chicago, but it’s the former who’s won the admiration of seemingly all of USA Hockey after absolutely thriving in an unexpected pre-season move from the USHL to Michigan State’s top defender role.

    Levshunov became the choice pick of popular head coach Adam Nightingale, lauded as his pick for the team’s top defender role ahead of the season. That’s exactly what Levshunov achieved in East Lansing, validating a slow start to the year with a standout role in the team’s second half.

    Despite a late-summer swap to college, Levshunov was able to carve out more than 25 minutes a night entering the Big Ten playoffs, posting 35 points in 38 games along the way. It was a fantastic performance, with Levshunov showing off a great ability to work off his teammates with powerful skating, smart and aggressive position, and excelling at carrying the puck through the neutral zone with tempo.

    He’s a transition specialist at his core, with admitted off-puck flaws that could make a transition to the pros bumpier than some hope for. But even with growing pains looming, Levshunov’s game is certainly strong enough, mature enough, and smart enough to challenge an NHL roster spot next season.

    Other Options: Ivan Demidov (RW/C)

    18. Chicago Blackhawks (via NYI)- Igor Chernyshov (LW) / Dynamo Moskva (KHL, Russia)
    The Chicago Blackhawks made a confusingly early swap of first-round picks with the Islanders nearly a month ago, moving their second pick of day one up two spots. That could suggest they have their sights trained on someone specific – potentially a player they don’t want to be stolen by Vegas or New York – though it’s hard to think who that could be, especially with so much speculation surrounding second-overall.

    While they could go in many directions, it’s hard to think the Hawks won’t want to leave the first round with a strong option on forward and defense. To that spirit, they land the incredibly projectable Igor Chernyshov – who’s sacrificed flashy upside for hardened fundamentals and already expressed interest in playing in the AHL next season.

    For a team full of high-upside prospects, Chernyshov offers a chance to hedge your bets, playing an all-three-zones style that should garner a solid middle-six role.

    Other Options: Sacha Boisvert (C), EJ Emery (RHD), Emil Hemming (LW)


    For Blue Jacket fans:

    4. Columbus Blue Jackets – Anton Silayev (LHD) / Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (KHL, Russia)
    The Columbus Blue Jackets have quickly become hard to predict, overturning both their general manager and head coach in the last month. That sudden shift could push them in all sorts of directions on draft day, though Columbus has been among the top teams on the proclaimed unicorn of the draft: Russian defenseman Anton Silayev.

    It’s certainly clear to see what the Blue Jackets see in the 6’7” defenseman, who boasts skating and stickhandling as smoothly as any of his peers. Silayev is a simply imposing presence, excelling at corralling the puck up his stick and commanding transition up the ice, showing a strong instinct for when and how to dip into the offensive zone.

    Silayev’s frame and play-driving abilities make him an exciting prospect, though he’s certainly unrefined. That may be enough to dissuade a Blue Jackets team that already has plenty of left defense. Should it be, they’ll be top candidates for an exciting forward pick – with Don Waddell potentially getting a chance to take his choice of Cayden Lindstrom, Ivan Demidov, Beckett Sennecke, or Tij Iginla.

    Other Options: Ivan Demidov (RW/C), Beckett Sennecke (RW), Tij Iginla (LW)


    For Kraken (love that name) fans:

    8. Seattle Kraken – Sam Dickinson (LHD) / London Knights (OHL)
    Sam Dickinson was a close runner-up to Zayne Parekh’s OHL ‘D of the Year’ crown, emerging as a star prospect for the London Knights even despite playing second fiddle to a top pair of Isaiah George and Oliver Bonk. Dickinson fought his way into top-line minutes and consistent power-play ice time over the year, playing upwards of 40 minutes a night as London paved through the Memorial Cup.

    He continuously rose to the bell, recording a dazzling 70 points in 68 games – a mark that led the London defense, even ahead of Bonk, last year’s 22nd-overall selection. He excels at using his frame and physicality to shut down plays and gain possession quickly, seeing lanes clearly and not hesitating to take chances for his own.

    More importantly, Dickinson is popular. He’s been a top prospect for much of his teen years, largely thanks to how quickly he adjusted to his hefty frame.

    Seattle has found a way to always land the popular players, boasting a loaded prospect featuring Shane Wright, Jagger Firkus, Carson Rehkopf, Caden Price, and Ty Nelson… and that’s just their CHL names. That trait has helped them quickly build a well-rounded depth chart, though Dickinson’s spot of left defense would give them a star prospect in their shallowest position.

    It’s hard to think the Kraken could turn down a chance at adding more CHL acclaim – though they may be more allured by the legendary Iginla family.

    Other Options: Tij Iginla (LW), Konsta Helenius (C), Ivan Demidov (RW/C)


    Two players of note I always like to follow are the Portland Winterhawks best NHL draft prospect and the Western Hockey League's best NHL draft prospect, where that sometimes is the same person, but not in this year's case.

    3. Anaheim Ducks – Cayden Lindstrom (C) / Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
    A second-half injury derailed Cayden Lindstrom’s truly incredible draft season. He was among the most potent scorers in the league’s first half, posting 46 points through just 32 games – flexing effortless stickhandling, great heads-up play-creating, and a strong ability to create space off of the boards and in the high slot. Lindstrom also boasts one of the most built-out frames of any forwards in the class.

    It seems that the latter point will be what excites Anaheim, who has also been connected to big-frame defenders like Levshunov, Anton Silayev, and Sam Dickinson. Continuing to build out a defense corps rife with star prospects would be a dream for Anaheim but with trade rumors surrounding Trevor Zegras – it’s hard to think the team will pass on a player who possesses very similar traits to what’s made Leo Carlsson and Mason McTavish, the star prospects Anaheim is deciding to build around – so prolific.

    To boot, the Ducks have a serious knack for drafting Canadian players. Seriously, only six of their last 25 picks were selected from outside of Canada. While Levshunov falling past second overall could tempt the Ducks, their opting for one of Canada’s most popular forwards feels like the right call.

    Other Options: Anton Silayev (LHD), Beckett Sennecke (RW), Tij Iginla (LW)

    No Portland Winterhawk is projected as a 1st Round this season despite their appearance in the Western Hockey League Finals this year.
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    Re: 2024-2025 NHL Season

    Todd McLellan Believed To Be The Contender For Blue Jackets Coaching Vacancy

    JUNE 25, 2024 AT 6:26 PM CDT | BY BRIAN LA ROSE

    With the draft coming up later this week and free agency beginning soon after, the Blue Jackets will likely want to fill their head coaching vacancy before then. To that end, ESPN’s John Buccigross reports that a decision is expected soon while Todd McLellan is gaining traction to be their next bench boss. McLellan would certainly represent an experienced option taking over from Pascal Vincent who was in his first year running the bench this past season. In their search for a new GM, the Blue Jackets were placing a lot of emphasis on experience and it appears Don Waddell is placing a similar emphasis on that with his coaching hire.

    The 56-year-old started 2023-24 with Los Angeles where he was in his fifth season with the team. However, they struggled through the first half of the year, resulting in his being dismissed in early February with assistant Jim Hiller taking over on an interim tag (which was later lifted in the spring). McLellan also has long coaching stints under his belt with San Jose and Edmonton. All told, he has been behind the bench for 1,144 games, 24th-most in NHL history. He hasn’t had a lot of playoff success over that stretch with his teams playing to a 42-46 record over nine postseason appearances.

    Of course, playoff success shouldn’t be on the mind of Waddell, at least in the short term. The Blue Jackets have missed the postseason in four straight years and have finished at the basement of the Metropolitan for two straight years. With a particularly young core group, the focus in the near future will be making the most of player development and trying to get Columbus to be more competitive. With that in mind, McLellan could very well be the right fit to help lead the Blue Jackets through their rebuild and ideally towards trying to push for a playoff spot. Whether it’s him or someone else, a decision on their next head coach should be coming soon.

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    Re: 2024-2025 NHL Season

    2024 Hockey Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

    JUNE 25, 2024 AT 2:41 PM CDT | BY JOSH ERICKSON

    Another slate of hockey legends has received their call to the Hall. Forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Jeremy Roenick, and defenseman Shea Weber comprise the NHL players entering this year. On the women’s side, former Team USA fixture and PWHL Minnesota general manager Natalie Darwitz has been inducted along with Team USA teammate and current Penguins amateur scout Krissy Wendell-Pohl. Longtime NHL vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell has been inducted as a builder, as has longtime Capitals and Predators GM David Poile. NHL all-time games played leader Patrick Marleau was eligible for induction for the first time this year but was not chosen. Meanwhile, Datsyuk and Weber gain entry on their first try, while Roenick gets in after a 12-year wait.

    Datsyuk began his NHL career as a sixth-round pick of the Red Wings in 1998 out of the Russian top league. It took a while for him to come over, though, finally debuting with Detroit in his age-23 season in 2001-02. He put together a decent rookie season for the Dead Puck Era, logging 11 goals and 35 points in 70 games, finishing fourth in Calder Trophy voting before lifting the Stanley Cup as part of perhaps the best roster in NHL history. Datsyuk is the tenth player from that team to become a Hall of Famer, joining Chris Chelios, Sergei Fedorov, Dominik Hašek, Brett Hull, Igor Larionov, Nicklas Lidström, Luc Robitaille, Brendan Shanahan, and Steve Yzerman. He went on to play 14 years in the show, all in a Red Wings uniform. Datsyuk lifted another Stanley Cup as part of the Red Wings’ championship team in 2008, a year that saw him post 97 points and a +41 rating in 82 games en route to his first of three straight Selke Trophies. He didn’t crack the 1,000-game mark, opting to return to his native Russia after the 2015-16 season, but still had 314 goals and 918 points in 953 career NHL games while arguably serving as the best defensive center of his time with some incredible breakaway/shootout moves to boot. He played five seasons in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League after leaving Detroit, including three with top-flight side SKA St. Petersburg and two with his hometown Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. Datsyuk was also one of the most well-regarded and sportsmanlike players in the league, winning four Lady Byngs. He was named one of the NHL’s 100 greatest players of all time as part of the league’s centennial celebration in 2017-18.

    Roenick may not have the awards résumé of a normal Hall-of-Famer, but he was still one of the league’s premier offensive talents over a career that spanned 20 seasons. The Boston native was the eighth overall pick of the Blackhawks in the 1988 draft and made his debut the following season, recording 18 points in 20 games without burning his rookie eligibility. He arrived in full in 1989-90, posting 26 goals and 66 points in 78 games while earning himself a nomination for the Calder Trophy. That would be his last year without recording at least a point per game until 1997. Over 1,363 games with Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Jose, he tallied 513 goals and 703 assists for 1,216 points while playing through one of the league’s lowest-scoring eras. On the league’s all-time list, Roenick ranks 42nd in goals, 59th in assists, 47th in points, and 54th in games played.

    Weber spent his entire career with just two teams, playing 11 seasons with the Predators before a 2016 blockbuster trade for P.K. Subban sent him to the Canadiens for the final five years of his career. The Habs were hoping he’d be with them longer—he’s still under contract for two more seasons, now with Utah—but various injuries ended his days as a player after he captained Montreal to the Stanley Cup Final in 2021. In his 1,038 career games, he tallied 589 points, including 224 goals and 365 assists. He never won the Norris Trophy but was a finalist for the award on three occasions with Nashville (2011, 2012, 2014). He made four year-end All-Star teams and took home the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2016. He consistently logged heavy minutes throughout his career, averaging 24:03 per game.

    Darwitz and Wendell-Pohl also take their rightful places in the Hall as they continue to make headway in recognizing the greats of the women’s game. Darwitz, now 40, is one of the most decorated Americans of all time, winning eight World Championship medals (three gold, five silver), three Olympic medals (two silver, one bronze), and multiple other international honors. Her junior season with the University of Minnesota in 2004-05 was one of the best performances in college hockey ever, racking up 42 goals and 114 points in just 40 games. After her playing career wrapped up in 2010, she spent various years coaching before taking over as GM of PWHL Minnesota in their inaugural season, building this year’s Walter Cup-winning team. Wendell-Pohl, a Minnesota native like Darwitz, was also a member of the 2002 and 2006 Olympic teams for the US and served as their captain at her final World Championship appearance in 2007. She was unstoppable in Worlds action, totaling 21 goals and 59 points in 29 games over six appearances at the tournament. She’s been with the Penguins as a scout for three years.

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    Guess they are going to forgive the Tokyo Olympics incident.
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    Re: 2024-2025 NHL Season

    Free Agent Focus: Columbus Blue Jackets

    JUNE 25, 2024 AT 7:59 PM CDT | BY BRIAN LA ROSE

    Free agency is now less than a week away and teams are looking ahead to when it opens. There will be several impact players set to hit the open market in July while many teams have key restricted free agents to re-sign as well. We continue our look around the NHL with an overview of the free agent situation for the Blue Jackets.


    Key Restricted Free Agents

    D Jake Bean – A couple of years ago, the Blue Jackets made a move for Bean with the hope that he could become a longer-term option on the back end. His first season went well before injuries were a significant issue in 2022-23. This season, Bean was able to stay healthy but struggled while remaining limited in a third-pairing role. At 26 with nearly 200 career NHL games under his belt, there is definitely a role for him on an NHL roster. However, is he worth $2.8MM and granting him arbitration rights? This is the decision that GM Don Waddell has to weigh. If you’re wondering which way he might be leaning, remember that Waddell was the GM who moved him to Columbus in the first place.

    F Kent Johnson – After a strong showing in his first full NHL campaign in 2022-23 that saw him put up 40 points in 79 games, expectations were high for the 2021 fifth-overall pick heading into the season. However, he wound up not making the team out of training camp and when he was recalled later on, offensive success was harder to come by. To make matters worse, he suffered a torn labrum in late February, ending his season prematurely while also affecting his offseason training. It’s safe to say that he’s heading for a bridge contract and as a 10.2 (c) player, the Blue Jackets don’t have to worry about any potential threat of an offer sheet as he’s not eligible for one.

    F Kirill Marchenko – The Blue Jackets haven’t had much success in the goal-scoring department in recent years but Marchenko is one of the exceptions. The 23-year-old scored 21 goals in 59 games in his rookie year and followed it up with a 23-goal effort in 2023-24. If Waddell is inclined to hand out a long-term agreement this summer, Marchenko is probably the candidate to receive it. Otherwise, he could also be heading for a bridge deal. Since he has arbitration rights, there’s a good chance that the agreement will push past the $3MM mark.

    F Cole Sillinger – After a sophomore year to forget, Sillinger had a good bounce-back campaign, getting back around the numbers he had in his rookie year, notching 13 goals and 19 assists while improving at the faceoff dot and taking a regular turn on the penalty kill. While it’s not the numbers they were hoping for from the 2021 first-rounder, Sillinger at least appears to be back on the upswing. Once again, a short-term second contract is expected, one that should surpass $2MM per season.

    F Alexandre Texier – After spending 2022-23 in Switzerland and having his contract tolled, Texier returned to Columbus and put up a career-best 30 points albeit with a lower point-per-game rate than in 2021-22. There have been times when he has looked like a capable top-six piece but he hasn’t been able to play at that level consistently enough to stay there. Accordingly, another short-term agreement is likely heading his way though he should get a raise from his $1.75MM salary which also serves as his qualifying offer.

    Other RFAs: F Tyler Angle, D Marcus Bjork, D Jake Christiansen, G Jet Greaves, F Alexander Nylander


    Key Unrestricted Free Agents

    D Nick Blankenburg – It’s a pretty thin crop of pending unrestricted free agents which isn’t much of a surprise for a rebuilding team. Blankenburg isn’t even a typical UFA as he qualifies as a Group Six free agent as a player who is 25 or older, has at least three professional seasons, and less than 80 NHL appearances. Blankenburg was a full-timer on the NHL roster in 2022-23 but spent the bulk of this season in the minors where he also battled injury trouble. Still, as someone who has had a bit of success at the top level (18 points in 55 games while logging over 18 minutes a night on average) and being a right-shot defenseman, Blankenburg should have fairly strong interest on the open market.

    D Jakub Zboril – Zboril didn’t see any NHL action in 2023-24, instead splitting time between the AHL affiliates for Boston and Columbus. Part of that could be attributable to the seven-figure cap hit he had, something that shouldn’t be the case next season. The 27-year-old has 76 career NHL games under his belt and should have interest on two-way offers. However, if he feels that the AHL is his likeliest destination, it’s also possible that he will consider his options overseas.

    Other UFAs: F Joshua Dunne, F Brendan Gaunce, F Carson Meyer, G Malcolm Subban, D Billy Sweezey


    Projected Cap Space

    Cap space won’t be an issue for the Blue Jackets this summer as they enter the offseason with $21.675MM in spending room. None of their pending restricted free agents are poised to command a pricey contract although there are enough of them to put a dent into that figure. Nonetheless, there is enough room for them to try to make a splash this summer if Waddell wants to put his stamp on his new team early.

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    Re: 2024-2025 NHL Season

    NHL reinstates Bowman, MacIsaac, Quenneville after ban

    Jul 1, 2024, 05:06 PM ET by Greg Wyshynski, ESPN

    The NHL will allow three former Chicago Blackhawks executives to seek employment in the league after they were banned in October 2021 after an independent investigation into how they handled a sexual assault allegation in 2010. NHL teams are allowed to speak with Stan Bowman, Al MacIsaac and Joel Quenneville about positions with their franchises, but can't enter into new employment relationships with any of them until July 10, the league announced Monday. All three had a role in three Blackhawks Stanley Cup championships.

    Bowman was the Blackhawks' president of hockey operations and general manager. MacIsaac was senior director of hockey administration. Both stepped aside from their roles in October 2021. Quenneville resigned as head coach of the Florida Panthers that same month after a meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Their ineligibility came after an independent investigation into how the Chicago Blackhawks handled a sexual assault allegation in 2010, when then-player Kyle Beach said he was sexually assaulted by video coach Brad Aldrich. The report said Blackhawks officials didn't want to take action against Aldrich because they didn't want to disrupt the team's path to the Stanley Cup title. The NHL never formally suspended any of the three executives, but Bettman said they could return to working in the league under "appropriate conditions."

    "For more than the last two and a half years, these individuals have been ineligible to work for any NHL team as a result of their inadequate response upon being informed in 2010 of allegations that Blackhawks' Player, Kyle Beach, had been assaulted by the Club's video coach," the NHL said in a statement. "While it is clear that, at the time, their responses were unacceptable, each of these three individuals has acknowledged that and used his time away from the game to engage in activities which not only demonstrate sincere remorse for what happened, but also evidence greater awareness of the responsibilities that all NHL personnel have, particularly personnel who are in positions of leadership. "Moreover, each has made significant strides in personal improvement by participating in myriad programs, many of which focused on the imperative of responding in effective and meaningful ways to address alleged acts of abuse," the statement continued. "The League expects that they will continue this commitment in any future capacity with the NHL and/or one of our Clubs." Bettman was asked on June 8 about the status of Bowman and Quenneville. "Currently they're not eligible," he said. "They have both reached out seeking an opportunity to come back and that's something that I have to consider."

    A second player from that 2010 Blackhawks team announced he was suing the franchise in November 2023. His suit cited 15 counts of negligence and claims that Aldrich "groomed, harassed, threatened, and assaulted" the player. The players participated in the Jenner & Block report, where he was identified as "Black Ace 1." Bowman's reinstatement comes at a time when there's speculation the Edmonton Oilers might hire him as the new general manager. A message sent to Oilers acting general manager and CEO Jeff Jackson seeking comment was not returned.

    The only coaching opening in the NHL is with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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    Re: 2024-2025 NHL Season

    Chicago Blackhawks add depth with TJ Brodie on 2-year deal

    ESPN News Services Jul 1, 2024, 08:51 PM ET

    The Chicago Blackhawks reached a two-year contract agreement with veteran defenseman TJ Brodie on Monday night, capping off a busy day for the rebuilding club. The deal totals $7.5 million over two years, the club announced, and added to a host of free agent signees, including forwards Tyler Bertuzzi, Teuvo Teravainen and Pat Maroon, goaltender Laurent Brossoit, and defenseman Alec Martinez.

    Last season, as the Maple Leafs qualified for the playoffs with the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Division, Brodie finished with one goal and 26 points, but he was still strong defensively, posting a plus-17 rating. He averaged 21:43 time on the ice last season and is consistently, even well into his 30s, counted on for 20-plus minutes a game. Brodie played in 78 games last season, and 82 in 2021-22 for the Maple Leafs, but appears a long way from his career high in goals, which he set at 11 with the Calgary Flames in 2014-15.


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    Blackhawks Sign Artyom Levshunov To Entry-Level Contract

    JULY 6, 2024 AT 6:00 PM CDT | BY BRENNAN MCCLAIN

    The last of the top-three selections of the 2024 NHL Draft has signed his entry-level contract as the Chicago Blackhawks announced they have signed the second overall pick, Artyom Levshunov. Levshunov foregoes his sophomore season at Michigan State University to compete for a spot on the Blackhawks’ opening night roster out of training camp. Immediately becoming the best defensive prospect in the organization under contract with this move, the Blackhawks will take care of Levshunov’s development for the rest of the way. Chicago’s general manager, Kyle Davidson, praised Levshunov after the signing, “Signing Artyom gives us the opportunity to continue his development in house and take the next step into professional hockey. He’s a strong two-way defenseman that has all the tools to be a high-end player in the NHL and we’re excited to continue his growth at the pro level“.

    Levshunov joined the Spartans after spending one season with the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL where he recorded 13 goals and 42 points in 62 games. The young Belarusian defenseman grew his game extensively upon reaching the NCAA ranks by scoring nine goals and 35 points in 38 games while earning a +27 rating. At the end of the 2023-24 NCAA season, Levshunov made the All-Big Ten First Team and All-Big Ten Freshman Team in addition to being named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

    The Spartans also recorded one of their best seasons in recent history on the backs of Levshunov. Michigan State finished first in the Conference for the first time since the 2000-01 season and beat their rival University of Michigan in the Conference Championship. Unfortunately for Levshunov and the Spartans, the team would have their season ended in the Regional Final of the 2024 Frozen Four in an act of retribution from the Wolverines. The Blackhawks organization may do well to start Levshunov in the American Hockey League with their affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. Levshunov should get plenty of ice time down in the AHL and can build up confidence in his game at the professional level before joining the team in Chicago when they are ready to take the next step in their rebuild.
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