Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The word on the street is that the Chicago Blackhawks needed the first round exit last year to recharge their batteries after 3 long post season runs, but is this the truth or just a myth.
The Chicago Blackhawks as we all know were eliminated on April 25th after a Game #7 loss during the Opening round series of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs against the St. Louis Blues when the iron was unkind to Brent Seabrook in the third period.
The question since that day is whether or not the time off for the Chicago Blackhawks was a good thing especially when the Chicago Blackhawks core has played so many games going deep into the playoffs the three previous seasons with Two Stanley Cup Championships and One Game #7 overtime loss in the Western Conference Finals.
My problem with the core needing rest is that the supporting cast doesn’t look to be as strong as it has in the past with the departures of Teuvo Teravainen and Andrew Shaw to trades, and Joel Quenneville having to rely on players like Jordin Tootoo and prospects like Ryan Hartman.
The secondary scoring will be an issue for the Chicago Blackhawks all season long I fear with only Patrick Kane‘s second line being the go to line if Coach Q leaves it that way which you never know with the seasoned head coach.
The Chicago Blackhawks defense core may be the biggest beneficiaries of the extra rest with all of the time Q plays the top 4 on a nightly basis. The addition of Brian Campbell and Michal Kempny should make for a solid D with Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Niklas Hjalmarsson getting some extra rest this summer.
Here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to start your Tuesday morning.
Here is a look back at the Rockford Ice Hogs tops prospects and how they played last year (Blackhawks)
Where does Ryan Hartman rank in the Chicago Blackhawks prospect list this season (Second City)
What are five questions facing the Chicago Blackhawks heading into the 2016-2017 season (CSN)
Just how short of a leash will the Montreal Canadiens have this season (Pro Hockey Rumors)
A look at the Anaheim Ducks and where they will end up this season (Puck Daddy)