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Chicago Blackhawks “Let It Go” Before Return Of Versteeg

By Zachary Raderstorf
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The Hawks look a bit different at the moment, with some not so new, new faces circling the big club after losing forward Kris Versteeg and even Daniel Carcillo to a suspension (Of which is now over).

Those not so new, new faces are those of (F) Joakim Nordstrom, (D) David Rundblad, newly acquired (D) Tim Erixon, and star prospect (C) Teuvo Teravainen – But by the time the Postseason rolls around, things will look a little more familiar. At least when it comes to their names and faces, but when it comes to the way Q puts the lines together… well, that will probably look much different than any of us has become familiar with – even in the age of the “Quenneville Line Blender”.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been a very deep team for years now thanks to the ingenious of General Manager Stan Bowman. I strongly agree that the Hawks are a very deep and talented organization, however, the next couple months will illustrate where that talent in the big club really lies and where it needs to be improved.  And to be completely honest, it’s time to start assessing who’s going to stay and whom we may regretfully say goodbye to.

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  • With the forward Corps, Kris Versteeg returns soon and Carcillo has officially served his six game suspension for a dangerous hit to Mathieu Perrault the last time the Hawks met Winnipeg in Chicago on January the 16th. Given, the waters haven’t looked murkier for some time.

    I’ll make this statement first, Nordstrom and Teuvo will stay with the Hawks through the end of the year. Teuvo looks to finally be finding his stride and confidence at the NHL level.  The more ice time he gets with the same two line mates, the more he’s going to excel – plain and simple.

    Though he is small (5’11; 178 lbs) and young (19 yrs old) his work ethic and effort come through at a rate equivalent to that of Marian Hossa and Brandon Saad – he has potential to make a serious impact. For example, his second goal of the year, snapping a wrist shot from the slot, only to follow it up and bury his own rebound through traffic. It was Toews like – it was Blackhawks like.  No wonder Bowman and Q are so hot on him and patient with him – his hockey IQ is very high.

    Currently, I find the glaring issue for Teuvo to be his linemates – it seems Q is still figuring the kid out – maybe we all are. Though I’d like to see him putting up sensational numbers similar to those of Nashville’s Filip Forsberg or St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko, easing him into this system is best for him and subsequently, the Hawks upcoming Cup run – here’s why…

    Teuvo is a prized prospect, every time he has the puck, I personally am in awe of not only what I can tell his mind is thinking, but also what he’s actually capable of pulling off. After spending time in the AHL to learn the American ice better, he’s trained his game to do what’s necessary – not what he wants to do.

    With young talent, they need to be coachable, especially those that are as talented as Teuvo. His speed, his style, puck possession and most importantly, his vision are becoming almost perfect replications to Patrick Kane. Over the next thirty days expect that Q will audition Teuvo with anyone and everyone to start figuring out where he’ll fit in best come late April. The possibities are endless!

    As for the others, Carcillo will always be around and as difficult as he may be, he still serves his purpose – it will prove itself in a couple months.

    Nordstrom is also here to stay. He seems to have found a strong bond with Ben Smith and Marcus Kruger, giving their group a solid scoring opportunity to compliment their abilities to back check and work the boards. As much as a purpose that Carcillo plays, Nordstrom is finding a way to prove his purpose just as well.

    For fun, why don’t I tell you what I see, possibly happening to the lines come April, should no other injuries befall any of them. Of course there’s still the trade deadline but I don’t see Bowman doing much more if anything…

    Saad-Toews-Hossa

    Sharp-Richards/Shaw-Kane

    Bickel-Versteeg-Teuvo

    Carcillo/Nordstrom-Kruger-Smith

    All in all, the Hawks are in a wonderful position. Sit tight, April will be here soon.

    Follow the Hawks @Blackhawk_Up and myself @zraderstorf

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