Day 2 of Blackhawks training camp was a lot like Day 1, at least in one aspect: Igor Makarov continues to impress.
Makarov scored his third goal in two days of scrimmages and also has three assists as he’s easily been the most noticeable prospect -- or even player -- on the ice.
Joel Quenneville praised Makarov after Saturday’s practice, and he did it again on Sunday.
“There is some production behind that game,” Quenneville said. “He’ll be a guy that we give a good shot and see how he can handle it.”
Even the players are taking notice, including the Hawks’ captain.
“His skill level is there,” Jonathan Toews said. “He can bury the puck. [He’s a] fun player to watch.”
Like Patrick Kane, Toews is looking to improve his shooting this season.
“I look at my shot totals and averages per game last year and it’s something I want to improve,” Toews said. “I know if I work on my shot, and be a little more confident with it, I’m very confident the result will be seeing myself score more goals.”
Goaltender Marty Turco revealed a very tentative plan for his preseason. He would like to play in a couple of full games and a couple of partial ones early in the exhibition season, and then assess if he needs more work closer to the start of the regular schedule.
Turco says he and backup Corey Crawford are starting to develop a relationship. Turco, a strong puckhandler, even has Crawford working on that skill in order to create a more seamless transition in styles for the defense, no matter which goalie is playing.
If you are scoring at home, here are the standings after two days of scrimmages. Team B (Toews) is 2-1, Team A (Patrick Sharp) is 1-1, and Team C (Dave Bolland) is 1-2. The top two teams after Monday’s games will face off in a full, 60-minute “championship” game at Johnny’s IceHouse West on Tuesday.