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Chicago Blackhawks: ‘Ex-Hawks’ Filled With Champions

By Matt Barbato
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Mar 14, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Winnipeg Jets left wing Andrew Ladd (16) skates with the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Amalie Arena. The Jets won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

1st line – Brandon Saad (Columbus Blue Jackets)-Antoine Vermette (Arizona Coyotes)-Andrew Ladd (Captain, Winnipeg Jets)

This is a really talented first line for the Ex-Hawks that is loaded with a couple of power forwards. Ladd is coming off a 24-goal year with the Jets and would pair nicely with a young stud in Saad, who plays a similar style as Ladd, though with more flair.

Vermette isn’t exactly a first-line center at this stage of his career, but he can still win big draws and is the most talented center on this roster. He’s more of a two-way player than Brad Richards and is a reliable center in both the offensive and defensive zones.

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  • It won’t be quite as easy as it was playing with Jonathan Toews, but Saad would likely continue to grow into a first-tier pro with Vermette and Ladd on his line. Ladd also earns the “C” on his sweater for the Ex-Hawks after leading his Jets to a playoff berth last season.

    This would be a legitimate starting first line in the NHL. Each individual can play a two-way style when necessary. There has to be some sort of clever nickname for a one-timer from Ladd to Saad; there’s just too much alliteration.

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