Oct 17, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defensemanViktor Svedberg
(43) with the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
#2 – The Future is Now
The saying goes don’t let a good crises go to waste. Well the absence of Duncs is a prime opportunity for every Blackhawks (and even Rockford IceHogs) defensemen not named Niklas Hjalmarsson or Brent Seabrook to make a name for themselves, and more importantly, solidify a roster spot.
Call me pessimistic, but the likes of Kyle Cumiskey, Trevor Daley, and David Rundblad do not strike me as future key components of the Blackhawks’ defensive corp. While Daley may still have some leeway, as far as I’m concerned, this is the time for young upstart defensemen like Viktor Svedberg, Ville Pokka, Trevor van Riemsdyk, and Eric Gustafsson to demonstrate they are the long-term solutions for the Blackhawks at the blue line.
This task won’t be easy. Adam Clendening and Klas Dahlbeck failed to carve themselves out a future spot on the ‘Hawks last year when given their shot at prime time in the wake of van Riemsdyk’s injury. However, unlike TVR, Keith gobbles up an obscene amount of minutes, so his absence means the window is as wide open as it’s ever going to be in terms of playing time for the ‘Hawks’ young defensemen to wow Coach Q and win over the rest of the team.
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