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Chicago Blackhawks’ Good, Bad And Ugly Of First 3 Weeks

By Keith Schultz
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May 17, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman

David Rundblad

(5) moves the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Bad

David Rundblad is just tough to watch at times, and, yes, of course we are complaining after two straight shutouts. and even without Duncan Keith in the lineup he’s only barely cracking 10 minutes a game. He can be effective if used properly, but he always seems to play the puck like its a hot potato at the wrong time. The only problem is that Joel Quenneville trusts him at least a little more than say Ville Pokka or anyone else in Rockford right now.

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Michal Rozsival‘s return is coming soon which means a player in his late-30s who is coming off a horrendous injury is going to be one of the six defensman on the ice during Keith’s injury time. I know he hasn’t played at all during the first three weeks, but the team has kept his name out there since re-signing him during training camp with constant updates on his continued healing process. He’s skating now, so unless he has a setback, look for Rozsival in the lineup sometime in early November.

Bryan Bickell hasn’t been in the lineup much after being placed on waivers before the season started, and he now collects $4 million a season sitting in the pressbox.  I’m sure he will get back in the lineup sooner rather than later, but he hasn’t been effective since the 2014 playoffs.  He doesn’t hit or park his body in front of the net, so he’s really not worth having out there on a nightly basis. I’m not sure what the end game is with Bickell and the Blackhawks, but I’m sure Bowman would like to find some team desperate enough to take a flyer on No. 29.

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