There may not be any chance of a streak this time around, but the Chicago Blackhawks are doing just fine, keeping themselves among the NHL’s best teams. We all know it’s a long way to go from here, but Blackhawk Up presents their top five reasons (in no order) to be encouraged about Chicago’s 3-1-1 start.
The Youth Movement Is Active
Oct 12, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ben Smith (28) celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Although the Blackhawks did get to keep many of their players off of the 2013 roster, some holes had to be filled going in to the new season. With a bounty of young talent in the system, Stan Bowman didn’t need to make any trades, and all the replacements came from within, instead. Of the 3 new forwards, (Ben Smith, Jimmy Hayes/Brandon Pirri, and Joakim Nordstrom,) two have recorded a goal, and have a combined +5 in 5 games. The killer bottom six that the Blackhawks had last season is back, and the speed that makes Chicago so dangerous can be found throughout all four lines. As the year goes on, this will only get better and better, as the players settle in, and thrive under a skilled set of players on the first and second lines.