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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Reasons For Pessimism In 2016-17

By Gail Kauchak
Apr 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (21) checks Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (21) checks Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 15, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville watches game action against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Blackhawks beat the Maple Leafs 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports /

4.  Coaches’ comfort

Head coach Joel Quenneville is one of the most winningest coaches in the NHL.  He is also notorious for having very little patience with young players.  When asked point blank about this at the recent Chicago Blackhawks convention, he said, “We’re always patient.”  Then he laughed.

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Forwards in the Blackhawks’ system are expected to be defensively responsible in addition to their offensive duties.   Defensemen are instructed to join the rush and help transition to offense whenever possible.  Being young and inexperienced is no excuse in Coach Q’s eyes.

Well, this is the year where there’s going to be no choice in the matter.  As discussed above, numerous holes in the lineup will more than likely be filled with players that are green, and they are going to make mistakes.  Coaches and players alike will definitely be outside of their comfort zones.

This could be handled positively, with it being a learning curve for everyone.  Or, it could be a complete distaster.  If Coach Q can push the right buttons and manage things this season, I will truly believe he is one of the best coaches of all time.

Next: Reason No. 5: Gone Gooning

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