Blackhawks News

Chicago Blackhawks: 3 Reasons They’d Miss The ’16 Playoffs

By Brian Kinkade
3 of 3

Jun 10, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with left wing Patrick Sharp (10) after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second period in game four of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

1. A significant injury to Jonathan Toews.

Not that the ’Hawks would have an easy time, even if they could survive losing Jonathan Toews for an extended period of time, but this might be the most survivable of the other hypothetical disasters listed so far in this article.

We have a hypothetical heart-breaker and back-breaker, and now we have a hypothetical soul-crusher.

Toews is stability. He is also offense, defense, possession-driving, responsibility and leadership. Amazingly, the ’Hawks are very blessed when it comes to their forward depth. Especially at center, if you can believe that. Trust me, people might end up loving the Brandon Saad trade.

However, everything on the ’Hawks starts with Toews. If he were to be out, the ’Hawks would need to find a new way to go about their business, which could lead to a different kind of success, but it’s unlikely.

More from Blackhawks News

Without Toews, they will score less and have control of the puck far less, which in turn leads scoring even less and puts even more pressure on the newly-thin blueline.

Hopefully it doesn’t come to this, but hockey is a rough sport and has plenty of dirty players in it that could make this nightmare a reality.

At the end of the day, though, it is less likely for any of these perfect storms to occur, but it could happen. Even if the ’Hawks stay overall healthy throughout the season, they are less deep and will be tested as is.

The ’Hawks are still a very good team, and most teams in the NHL dream of having the worries that the ’Hawks have. We are a spoiled fan base that has first-world issues. Which, at the end of the day, is pretty nice.

Next: Chicago Sci-Fi: Next 10 Years, Part I

More from Blackhawk Up