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Chicago Blackhawks New Year’s Resolutions

By Josh Brink
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Photo Credit: Rockford IceHogs

CONTINUED YOUTH MOVEMENT

With the Chicago Blackhawks having a few cases of the injury bug in November and December we have gotten the chance to see  some of the youth talent with players coming up from the Rockford IceHogs. In recent years we have seen an influx of talent in the farm system and the Chicago Blackhawks have taken advantage of that talent calling them up to join the NHL team. Everyday players such as Brandon Saad, Ben Smith, and Marcus Kruger are contributing on a regular basis now, after originally filling in the holes on the lines as needed. There are fresh faces to be called upon this year as we have already seen a couple times.

Trevor van Riemsdyk was able to surprise a lot of people and crack the opening day roster for the Blackhawks in part due to his hard work and a couple of injuries the team faced. Unfortunately Trevor van Riemsdyk experienced a set back also after taking a puck off the knee and fracturing his patella back on November 16. That opened the door however for some of the other younger guys like Joakim Nordstrom, Adam Clendening and Phillip Denault. Even in the goalie position after Corey Crawford has been out twice, Scott Darling has gotten a few call ups and really impressed everyone. Let’s hope that Coach Quenneville continues to ride the hot hand and we continue to see youth movement to try and get these young players feet wet in the NHL. As we know, with the NHL salary cap and the core that we have signed over the next several years we will be leaning on the youth development into NHL roles.

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