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Chicago Blackhawks: Top 6 Surprises of 2014

By Tim Lively
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Dec 27, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) during the game against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) during the game against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports /

#1 – Kris Versteeg

If Bryce Dallas Howard ever wanted to make a feel-good sports redemption biopic to compete with her father’s Cinderella Man, you’d have to think Kris Versteeg would be a front running candidate as the film’s subject matter. Steeger won the hearts of Chicago by playing his part in ending the Blackhawks’ near 50-year Stanley Cup drought in 2010, only to lose them in 2013 with his underwhelming, injury-hampered play. With Chi-Town clamoring for a trade, like James J. Braddock, Versteeg hit the proverbial docks in the 2014 offseason to achieve pinnacle health and performance. This season is Steeger’s Max Bear, and even though the bout isn’t over, Versteeg’s landed some amazing punches…like Hawks’ third overall scorer amazing. Steeger’s renaissance is not only encouraging for the obvious reasons this season, but considering the next (albeit less severe) roster purge the Hawks will face next year, Verteeg has thus far in 2014 made a strong case he’s capable of shouldering a larger portion of the franchise. For Steeger and the Blackhawks, let’s hope 2015 proves to be a profound closing argument.

From all of us at Blackhawk Up, we thank you for continued readership and support as we cheer on our Blackhawks though a dynasty, and look forward to a great 2015 – have a safe and happy NYE!

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