Stalberg happy for fresh start
BY MARK LAZERUS firstname.lastname@example.org July 8, 2013 8:32PM
FILE - In this June 11, 2013 file photo, Chicago Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg, of Sweden, responds to a question during a news conference before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final hockey series against the Boston Bruins in Chicago. Less than two weeks after winning a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks, Stalberg is ready to boost a Nashville Predators team that finished 14th out of 15 teams in the Western Conference. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
Updated: August 10, 2013 6:36AM
Viktor Stalberg wanted to be a top-six forward. And in his mind, the Blackhawks weren’t going to give him that chance.
“I don’t think they gave me the opportunity to really be comfortable there, especially the last two years,” Stalberg said Monday in his introductory teleconference with the Nashville Predators. “Looking back [to 2011-12], I scored 22 goals — and still not playing top-six or any power play. I don’t think that really is being given an opportunity.”
Stalberg averaged 2:11 of power-play time during the regular season but lost that role in the playoffs. After averaging 14:07 during the season, he averaged just 10:35 during the playoffs, the lowest of any Hawks regular.
Chris Calnan, a 19-year-old winger who’ll be a freshman at Boston College, has a pretty good source of advice. His uncle is former Hawks great Jeremy Roenick.
“Obviously, he’s a Hall of Famer, so it’s hard to follow his exact path,” Calnan said. “He’s been awesome, he’s been my idol, he’s given me all the help I need and I really appreciate that from him.”
West Dundee’s Ryan Hartman, the first-round pick this year, is participating only in off-ice activities as he recovers from shoulder surgery he had eight weeks ago. He said he’s ahead of schedule and can be back on the ice in two or three weeks.
Finnish goaltender Antti Raanta sat out with what the Hawks called a “minor injury.”