Though he turned 20 not too long ago, defenseman Dylan Olsen is already a veteran of these Blackhawks prospect camps.
And it sounds like the defenseman, the Hawks' first-round selection (28th overall) in the 2009 draft, following a year and a half at Minnesota-Duluth and then half a season with the Rockford IceHogs, is ready to shake the prospect label.
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"I think so; I've had the pro experience and I've been here three years, so I kind of know what to expect," Olsen said. "I came in here knowing what I have to do. I know what it takes to be a pro hockey player."
In his 42 games with Rockford, Olsen learned quickly where his game is at and what areas needed improvement.
"I felt like my passing game fit in pretty well," the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder said. "I had to work on my foot speed and gap control -- keeping up with the play -- and that's what I worked hard on all summer."
And now he finds himself just one step away from the NHL.
"This is another stepping stone," he said. "Then come September at the main camp I just have to go out there and prove to them why I deserve to be there."
He's looking forward to the challenge.
"This will be my first time playing with NHL players," Olsen said. "It will be exciting and I'll enjoy it, but I'm going in there for a job.
"I have to prove to these guys that I deserve to be there as well."
Peters off to Detroit
Bill Peters is headed from the Rockford IceHogs to the Detroit Red Wings.
Peters, who coached the Blackhawks AHL affiliate for the past three seasons, signed a three-year contract Friday to join the Wings as an assistant to head coach Mike Babcock.
"Bill has been a great teacher and a valuable resource in the development of our many prospects in Rockford the last three seasons," Hawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "I want to thank him for his dedication to the growth of the Blackhawks organization and certainly wish him well in Detroit."
"I thought he was a great coach, a players' coach, a great motivator," said defenseman Dylan Olsen, who appeared in 42 games with Rockford last season. "It's sad to see him go, but he's going to coach in the NHL."
Arbitration dates set:
According to the NHLPA, Viktor Stalberg's arbitration hearing is scheduled for July 20, while Chris Campoli's will be on August 3.
Making an impression:
The Hawks' second selection in this year's draft, Phillip Danault (26th overall), was the recipient of some oohs and aahs by players and coaches alike when he roofed a shot from a ridiculous angle during 3-on-2 drills Friday morning.
Packing the place:
About 150 fans showed up for the second day of prospect camp at Johnny's Ice House West. The camp runs through Monday.