The Chicago Blackhawks Milk Carton is a look at a player that was missing during last night’s games. If we could nominate the entire team for sleepwalking during the first period , that would probably be the best nomination, but instead of putting the picture of the entire roster up today, let’s take a look at new player to the franchise by the name of Trevor Daley.
If you want a more condemning case for the new defenseman is that Coach Joel Quenneville after the game said that his defensive pairing was ok.
If you have been a master word study of Joel Quenneville that means that Daley and his other two players that aren’t named Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Niklas Hjalmarsson were brutal on the ice on Wednesday night at the United Center. There is nothing worse than hearing Coach Q say that you played ok, and it sounds like Victor Svedberg will be back with the team and after the defensive work displayed by the three amigos he will be making his debut for the Blackhawks in Brooklyn against the New York Islanders.
That brings us to Daley who has offensive upside, but as soon as he was traded to Chicago and been assumed as the replacement for Johnny Oduya there have been questions and concerns about his defensive play which was on display on his first shift of the game which ended up with the puck behind Corey Crawford. Daley got all turned around and totally missed the crossing pass which Oscar Lindberg didn’t miss for first goal against of the season.
This of course wasn’t the only bad play by Daley in the first period, the play that everyone will remember from the first game will be the eventual game deciding goal at the tale end of the first period. The play started with a Daley shot that was blocked and as they all raced back to the Chicago Defensive end Daley trailed Kevin Hayes and then basically took out Corey Crawford which led to an easy tap in goal for Derek Stepan and the third goal.
If the Chicago Blackhawks are going to be successful they are going to need Daley’s play to be more effective in the defensive end then it was on Wednesday night, and for his poor defense especially in the first period he is our first Milk Carton nominee of the season.
Who was your milk carton nominee for opening night?
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