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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Slip Sliding Away

By Keith Schultz
Sep 23, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Vincent Hinostroza (48) skates with the puck in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Vincent Hinostroza (48) skates with the puck in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans, It’s probably not a shock that a once well stocked farm system is slipping in the rankings as trade after trade by Stan Bowman has let the talent leave the system!

When the Chicago Blackhawks were winning Stanley Cups, the one thing people would say about the team is the fact they still had tons of talent to call up if needed.

Players like Brandon Saad and Teuvo Teravainen were in the system while the Hawks were winning games and titles, but those days are a distant memory.

The top players in the system probably haven’t even played for the Hawks or played limited minutes this spring and that would be Nick Schmaltz and Tyler Motte.

Schmaltz could be a huge piece of the puzzle heading into the 2016-2017 season with him probably getting every chance possible at one of the two center positions on the bottom six.  If Schmaltz can’t dazzle Joel Quenneville it will probably be either Tanner Kero or Dennis Rasmussen playing up the middle.

The other spots are  going to be interesting with everyone thinking Ryan Hartman already has the Andrew Shaw role locked up.  A line of Jordin Tootoo, Marcus Kruger and Ryan Hartman seems imminent if you believe what everyone is talking about.

The prospects need to step up this season, the question is will any of them really step up or will they deserve their dropping ranking they received this week?

More from Blackhawks News

Here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to start your Tuesday morning! 

Chicago Blackhawks farm system drops to 20th in this year’s rankings (Second City)

Here is an inside look at the Chicago Blackhawks upcoming season including which players have breakout potential (Blackhawks)

The Chicago Blackhawks invite Dmitry Osipov to next month’s training camp (Committed Indians)

The biggest question most fans have is who will play with Jonathan Toews on the Chicago Blackhawks top line (Sun-Times)

Duncan Keith is going to rehab an injury most of us probably didn’t know he had and will miss the World Cup (Tribune)

Sand Knights? It’s very strange that the Las Vegas franchise didn’t have a nickname locked in before they were granted a team (Puck Daddy)

The smart betting money is on Team Canada winning the World Cup next month (Pro Hockey Talk)

Next: Five Reasons for Optimism

What options do the Boston Bruins still have for this season (Causeway Crowd)

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