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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: Circus Trip Goodbyes And Newcomers

By Colin Likas
Feb 2, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks fans react to a goal by Chicago Blackhawks right wing Richard Panik (not pictured) in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 2, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks fans react to a goal by Chicago Blackhawks right wing Richard Panik (not pictured) in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aaron Goldschmidt

Question 1: I’m indifferent on the Circus Trip. I’m sure it will be replaced by another long road trip where the young guys can “learn how to be pros.” I’m just thankful there isn’t a long road trip through the Central Division. That would be rough.

Question 2: I really like Gustav Forsling. He’s not getting much playing time, but when he is on the ice he plays the style that Q loves. He makes smart plays in his own zone and get the puck up to the forwards quickly and effectively.

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Notable mention: Alex DeBrincat. This guy is a serious playmaker and it blows my mind that he fell to the second round. Can’t wait.

Gail Kauchak

Question 1: I’m sad this was the last Circus Trip. It’s notoriously a time for the Blackhawks to come together and bond as a group on the road. And they usually do quite well on this trip.

In the Coach Quenneville era, the Chicago Blackhawks have never finished the trip with a record under .500 (including this one). It’s also become an annual tradition that has been looked forward to and enjoyed by fans and players alike.

I’m a bit nostalgic that it’s come to an end. It just won’t be the same next year without it. Although I’m awfully glad I’m not a beat writer.

Question 2: That’s such a tough question! Can I say all of them? It’s so hard to predict the development of young players, as there are so many variables that could lead to success.

I’m going to have to go with Tyler Motte. He has speed, he has versatility, he’s responsible defensively and his history shows he knows how to find the back of the net. He also doesn’t look out of place despite coming straight from college.

He’s currently tied with Ryan Hartman for the most points of the newcomers, with three goals and three assists for six points (Hartman has five goals and one assist). With time and cultivation, Motte could easily become a top forward and a top goal scorer in the NHL.

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