Question 1: I think it’s very clear that Marian Hossa has turned back the clock so far this season. With that being said, maybe a reuniting of Toews and Hossa would be the best call. Throw in Vincent Hinostroza and I’d say the top line would look rather good given the success of Hossa and Hinostroza on the Triple H line.
Question 2: It’s really hard not to say any of the veterans here, but I’m going to go with Michal Kempny. With Kempny, there’s not much flash to his game but there is solid consistency. He seems so poised on every shift and seems to truly fit into the ’Hawks’ system. I sure would love to see him get that first goal, though!
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Question 1: I’d like to see Toews with Ryan Hartman skating on the left wing and Marian Hossa on the right. Hossa has been one of the most productive ‘Hawks this season and already shares a synergistic on-ice chemistry with Toews.
With three goals on the seven-game Circus Trip, Hartman has shown the ability to finish and could thrive with the playmaking of Toews.
With Hartman, Toews, and Hossa skating on the top line, Coach Q can continue to roll Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane on the second line, and Dennis Rasmussen, Marcus Kruger and Richard Panik on the checking line.
Question 2: Brent Seabrook. With 15 points in 27 games, Brent Seabrook is on track to match his career-high 49 points from last season. The big, durable defenseman has already put up five multi-point games, the most of any Blackhawk blueliner, while taking penalties in only two games so far.
Blackhawks fans want to see more goals launched from Seabrook’s stick, but he’s already sprung countless scoring plays with his masterful stretch pass. In today’s NHL free agent market, Seabs is worth every bit of his 8-year, $55 million contract.