Speedy Hinostroza figures to push for playing time

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Florida Panthers forward Vinnie Hinostroza controls the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. The Blackhawks acquired Hinostroza on Saturday.

    Florida Panthers forward Vinnie Hinostroza controls the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. The Blackhawks acquired Hinostroza on Saturday. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 4/4/2021 6:12 PM

Nothing brings out the best in an athlete more than heated competition.

So consider the Blackhawks' acquisition of Vinnie Hinostroza from Florida on Saturday a bit of a message to forwards like Matthew Highmore and Philipp Kurashev.

 

"It won't block anyone," coach Jeremy Colliton said when asked if the move hampers the team's youth movement. "You want to have quality surrounding your young players and it's going to force (them) to raise their level or realize they have to really take advantage of the opportunities they get. So he doesn't get in the way, for me."

Adding Hinostroza also provides a bit of insurance in case the Hawks trade a veteran before the April 12 deadline.

The 27-year-old Hinostroza, whom the Hawks drafted in the sixth round in 2012, played in just nine games for Joel Quenneville's Panthers this season. He had no points while averaging under 10 minutes of ice time.

The speedy Bartlett native scored 5 goals for Arizona last season and 16 in 2018-19.

"Great skater," Colliton said. "Competitive. Skilled. Obviously he's going to be hungry for the opportunity. When we get him in and how we use him, we'll see (where he fits). But (he brings) some energy, some speed and pace. that's nice to add."

Hinostroza made a 20-hour drive from Florida to Chicago in order to lessen the time he needs to quarantine. Colliton wasn't sure exactly when Hinostroza will be available.

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"The rules are complicated, depending on where you're coming from and there's national, city and league rules," Colliton said. "I just want to know when they're coming out of quarantine. I haven't heard that yet."

Pretty ugly:

The Blackhawks are 4-10-0 in their last 14 games. Here are some numbers during part or all of that stretch:

• Patrick Kane has 2 goals in the last 16 games.

• Dominik Kubalik has 2 goals and no assists in the last seven games. Nikita Zadorov has taken 6 minor penalties in those contests.

• Mattias Janmark has no goals and an assist in the last eight. Calvin de Haan has a minus-5 rating over that same span.

• David Kampf, who has centered the top two lines quite a bit the last few weeks, has 1 goal in his last 58 regular-season games.

• The Hawks have had 36 power-play opportunities the last 11 games -- one of which was a failed two-man advantage in Nashville on Saturday that lasted 115 seconds. They are 5-for-36 on the PP. Opponents have just 22 power-play chances in that time and have scored six times.

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