Jun 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) celebrates with right wing Patrick Kane (88) and center Andrew Shaw (65) after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
1. Hawks will quickly forget about previous 2nd line Center woes
Over the past several seasons players have been shuffled in and out of the second line center position numerous times while Joel Quenneville was trying to see if something would bond. It wasn’t until the Western Conference Finals vs the LA Kings when Quenneville found something growing on him. Everyone else saw the excitement out of a Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, and Patrick Kane after they scored 3goals and 5 assists as a line and 4 goals and 15 assists overall combined. When asked about who he would go with at the beginning of the season, Quenneville said, ‘‘It was so good last year in a short amount of time, and it was right at the end of the year. It was almost like, do I really want to break them up? ’’ (Quote courtesy of Mark Lazerus with suntimes.com)
The good thing about this is Brad Richards was thought to be brought in here to fill that role but he can add depth to our 3rd line centering for Brian Bickell and Kris Versteeg. The final possible change if the other two fail would be letting Teuvo Teravainen get a shot at it once he gets his feet wet down in the AHL. Whatever the solution may be there shouldn’t be too many concerns on the second line anymore.