Patrick Kane was trying to get a good night's sleep before his NHL debut Wednesday night but instead got an early scouting report on what to expect in his first game with the Blackhawks.
The No. 1 overall pick of the 2007 NHL draft got a late-night visit from teammate Jonathan Toews, the Hawks' top pick in '06 who had made his debut earlier Tuesday evening in an exhibition victory in Columbus.
"He actually came in and woke me up in the room," Kane said Wednesday of Toews, who had scored a goal and added an assist. "I think he was pretty exited about how everything went. It was obviously awesome playing in the NHL. He said it was a good experience."
Kane's first experience wasn't as prolific as he was held off the score sheet in the Hawks' 4-3 loss to the Blue Jackets at United Center.
"I guess it's just going to take time before I come in and probably be an impact player," Kane said. "I just have to take it game by game and hopefully things will get better.
"It was a little faster and [there's] not as much room to make plays. I just have to play my game, work a little harder and get into the game earlier."
Toews' night didn't end well, either. The 19-year-old center suffered a broken finger on his right hand and is expected to miss two-to-three weeks, putting his spot on the Opening Night roster in jeopardy.
The Hawks' veteran newcomers paid dividends in their debuts Wednesday. Robert Lang and Yanic Perreault, signed as free agents a day apart in early July, hooked up on a five-on-three power play with Lang scoring off a nice feed from Perreault to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. Perreault later scored off a pass from Sergei Samsonov, who was acquired in a trade June 16, and added his second goal early in the third period.
Making his bidThe Hawks' last five first-round draft selections—Brent Seabrook, Cam Barker, Jack Skille, Toews and Kane—all saw action Wednesday night. Of the group, Barker and Skille, the Hawks' top selection (seventh overall) in 2005, likely will have the toughest time making the team. Skille has drawn praise from head coach Denis Savard and general manager Dale Tallon with his play in practices and scrimmages and he had a strong effort at both ends of the ice Wednesday night.
"It was what I expected," Skille said. "I proved to myself that I was ready to play. I … did the things that I'm supposed to do. I kept my feet moving, played the body, cycled the puck down low with my linemates, generated a little bit of offense on five-on-five."
One-timersCrystal Lake's Jared Boll is in training camp with the Blue Jackets and played Wednesday night. … Hawks defenseman Ryan Stokes suffered a deep cut on his cheek after leveling Boll with a check late in the game.Copyright © 2015, CT Now