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Chicago Blackhawks’ Top Candidates For The First Line

By Gail Kauchak
Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) with the puck during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) with the puck during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) with the puck during the first period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

During this preseason, the Chicago Blackhawks are looking to enhance their top line around center Jonathan Toews

While Jonathan Toews, Corey Crawford, and Marian Hossa have been taking a well-deserved break after the World Cup, the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks have been working hard in preparation for the regular season.

The young guns have been especially diligent, as they fight for open roster spots.  According to head coach Joel Quenneville, there could be a position available on every forward line.

Preseason is a time for the coaches to take a look at their new talent, and see how it could potentially combine with their known talent.  There have been a lot of questions we’ve been asking all summer.

One of those questions is how to bolster the top line.  I think we can all agree that Toews is a given for the first line center position.  But who will play alongside him?  Let’s take a look at the top candidates so far.

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