Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans!
The Chicago Blackhawks march into the 2016-2017 season will be one that will test our nerves and coach Joel Quenneville’s nerves it appears.
The Chicago Blackhawks have quite a few job openings for a team that was one goal away from playing in the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last season.
The problem is this is the first year in a long time that Stan Bowman hasn’t secured some veteran or goonish type of players to play on the bottom 6 of the lineup.
This year the roster will be filled with young guys from Rockford, but the question is who will be the player that steps up in the fall.
The player I have my eye on the most is Nick Schmaltz which if you’ve read my posts since he signed out of the University of North Dakota shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. He has all the offensive skills and he spent his entire sophomore season working on the rest of his game including special teams. I understand if he starts the season in Rockford, but for all the names listed as possible players to make the team, I feel like Schmaltz has the highest ceiling.
There of course is Hartman, who is supposed to be the next Andrew Shaw. I’m going to miss Shaw for all the things he does, and the fact that whenever Coach Q would put him on the top line I instantly had something to complain about. As much as it scares me that a young gun needs to show up in September, it also scares me how much we need Hartman to be Shaw next season.
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Here are some Chicago Blackhawk morning links to start your Friday
Relive the Chicago Blackhawks 2010 visit to Wrigley Field for the Crosstown Classic (Blackhawks)
Stan Bowman’s remarks to all the Chicago Blackhawks young guns is to seize the day (NHL)
The Chicago Blackhawks announced their preseason broadcast schedule earlier the is week (Committed Indians)
Brent Seabrook talks about what extra rest means in the offseason and the upcoming season (CSN)
Max Pacioretty tells the story how the P.K. Subban trade threw him for a loop (Score)
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What are the most surprising team and player free agent matches this season around the NHL (Bleacher Report)
The Winnipeg Jets defend the controversial Bobby Hull honor (Puck Daddy)