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Chicago Blackhawks 2016-17 Over/Under: The Prospects

By Mario Tirabassi
Oct 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33), defenseman Gustav Forsling (42) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Detroit Red Wings during a preseason game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33), defenseman Gustav Forsling (42) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Detroit Red Wings during a preseason game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports /
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As the regular season begins in just a couple of days, the Chicago Blackhawks are looking to improve on their early exit last season. Over the next few weeks, Blackhawk Up will give projections for the stats of each player heading into the season, based off the trend of past three seasons, career averages, and potential linemate projections. 

Young Talent Making Great Cases To Make Blackhawks Roster

The Chicago Blackhawks said they were going to emphasize growth from within. They said they would focus on developing prospects rather than buying rental players. They promised opportunities to young players to earn NHL roster spots for the 2016-17 season. They have held up their end of the bargain and the prospects are looking to hold up their end as well.

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As the off-season comes to a close and the final pre-season games finish up, the Blackhawks are in a position that they have not been in for a while. They have to make very tough choices about which young players and prospects get a spot on the opening night roster.

In years past, the Blackhawks’ opening night roster would be pretty easy to predict. But this season is much different as new life is being breathed into the organization in the form of young talent with very bright futures.

Check it out: Chicago Blackhawks’ Early Opening Night Lineup Projection

So who makes the roster and what kind of impact will they have in 2016-17?

Forwards

The position that has the most prospect depth for the Blackhawks is their forwards group. Prospects that have been around for a little while like Ryan Hartman and Mark McNeill are feeling the pressure of performing when their opportunity is brightest this season, while relative new-comers like Vince Hinostroza and Nick Schmaltz may break through right away in 2016-17. The Chicago coaching staff has their hands full with what to do at the forward position, which is never a bad thing.

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