It seems like a no-brainer, that the Chicago Blackhawks will be among the elite teams in the National Hockey League in 2014-15. As they have for the past half-decade, the Blackhawks have contended for the Stanley Cup each and every year. Twice, they have taken it all home. With the season fast approaching, we give our top five reasons why the Blackhawks will bring the Stanley Cup to the Second City in 2015.
5. They Will Put The “Power” In Their Power-Play
The Blackhawks have struggled to combine an efficient penalty-kill with a dangerous power-play in seasons past, despite having a great deal of success overall in that time. 2014-15 finally looks to be the year it all comes together; new hire Kevin Dineen has loads of experience at the high level, taking over the departed Jamie Kompon’s task of managing the man-advantage. Dineen certainly has the tools at his disposal, from puck-moving wingers, to an emerging “quarterback” on defense, and loads of heavy shots throughout the lineup, the Blackhawks look to have an offense equally as dangerous with an extra man as they do five-on-five.
4. The Pieces Are (Finally) Put Together
It didn’t take much for Stan Bowman to create the 2014-15 edition of the Chicago Blackhawks, but fans are already singing the General Manager’s praises. Bowman took care of the burly money pit that is Brandon Bollig, freeing up a roster spot for a hungry young winger such as Jeremy Morin to make a case for the club in September. The second-line center issue that has plagued the ‘Hawks for over a decade is finally fixed, as Bowman added a third Conn Smythe Trophy winner to the Blackhawks’ roster in Brad Richards. Although the Blackhawks still need to get under the salary cap before they drop the puck on the new season, they have plenty of options on defense to replace a departed roster player, and all will be hungry, young players at a bargain rate.