Dec 30, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) with the puck during the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
2. Kris Versteeg
Like probably most Blackhawks fans the thoughts of 2010 Versteeg showing up in Chicago after getting traded back was the most exciting news thing to happen in the first half of the season, the only problem is this isn’t that Versteeg.
Versteeg hasn’t been bad he just hasn’t been very good and one of those reasons could be he’s hit a wall in his return from major injury. Versteeg only played 10 games during the strike shortened season so no matter how good his conditioning and rehab went he’s already played 45 more games than last year.
A three week vacation to heal and remove himself off any wall he’s found himself on could be what is that missing piece in his game lately. Versteeg has 7 goals and 12 assists in 37 games, but I’m sure we all expected more when the news came he was coming back to Chicago.
In the 2010 playoffs Versteeg scored 6 goals and 8 assists in 22 games and that kind of production will be needed come April and hopefully this time off will recharge him to get back to his 2010 self!