One of the most underrated stories of the past several seasons is how the Chicago Blackhawks have maintained their success by acquiring top tier international talent, and now it appears they have done it again.
According to a report from Blackhawks insider Scott Powers the Blackhawks' front office has acquired defenseman Michal Kempny of the Czech squad, a player that reportedly had a great many teams fighting over him.
At the recent IIHF World Championship tournament general manager Stan Bowman shared his thoughts on the young blue liner with Powers.
“He’s a mobile defenseman,” Bowman said at the IIHF World Championship in Russia. “He’s got that mixture of offense and defense. I would call him a really well-rounded guy. He can defend well in his own end. Mobility, he’s a good skater. He can transition the puck. He can sort of play a well-rounded game, which I think as a defenseman, you’ve seen our team play a lot, you have to be able to defend for our coaches to be able to rely on you. He’s got that ability to sort of play both ways.”
Another huge coup from the Blackhawks management.