The Chicago Blackhawks are off to a great start to the 2018-19 season, not something many fans were expecting.
Lots of factors have come together to help get the Blackhawks off on the right foot, including the emergence of one rookie who head coach Joel Quenneville fully approves of.
Henri Jokiharju looks like he's ready to be a big part of the Hawks season and has already registered five assists and a +5 rating.
Coach Q who usually relies heavily on veterans, is loving the 19 year old so far.
“Looked like he has played the game for a long, long time at this level,”
“I like his competitiveness. I like his poise and patience for a youngster,” Quenneville said. “He’s only going to get better in how he’s going to read situations, play around his net in his own end. But I like how he wants the puck. He really has good patience and good play-recognition.”
Quenneville not usually one for big praise, had even more to add.
“He complements [Duncan Keith] in a lot of ways. He breaks out on some tight-coverage plays coming in off their forecheck. Seems to get some relief with direct plays exiting as well. So it’s been definitely a good start for him. I think he’s going to be in a lot of games back there.”
It looks like the youngster is here to stay.