Nov 9, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wingJeremy Morin
(11) with the puck during the first period against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
After the Saad trade, many were excited to see Morin’s name coming back to Chicago. However, it may be more of the same for Morin, as lots of Blackhawks forwards pushing for a spot show lots of upside. Quenneville should feel comfortable putting Morin in the lineup, but he has surprised us before.
Tropp is very unproven, as he struggled for consistent playing time with the Blue Jackets last season. However, expect to see him in the lineup once every few games, perhaps forming a rotation with the bottom-six wingers.
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Tikhonov, a former first-round pick, is on the fence simply because of the Blackhawks’ depth down the right side. Though his size seems suited for a bottom-six role, the experience of Shaw and the young potential of Dano could overshadow Tikhonov’s upside, for now.
Garbutt is another interesting piece brought to the Blackhawks via trade this summer, this time from Dallas. Garbutt knows his role as a NHL player, and he could easily be interchanged with the likes of Bickell or Shaw. For the start of the season, however, he will likely be waiting in the wings.
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