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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: Centermen And A Day With The Cup

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Apr 8, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) in the third period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Kings won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) in the third period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Kings won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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George Clifford

Question 1: I’d go with Marcus Kruger. Although he took the vast majority of his faceoffs during the season at the ‘Hawks’ end of the ice, Kruger was the only Blackhawks centerman (besides Toews) to win the majority of his O-zone draws, at 51.8 percent.

I’d have Tanner Kero on the ice to take the draw if Krugs got tossed, and to charge the net to help create a scoring chance if the ‘Hawks won control of the puck.

Question 2: I’d take the Cup to my hometown of Minneapolis, Minn., and display it publicly at the site of the warming house on the east bank of Lake of the Isles, where I (sort of) learned to skate and played one season of pee-wee hockey in 1960-61.

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Jeff Franklin

Question 1: Oddly enough I would go Marcus Kruger, because in that moment the most important thing is possession and if you lose possession with 10 seconds remaining due to a bad faceoff man, your shot is completely destroyed.

Kruger at least gives the offense a better chance at possessing the puck and making a play as opposed to someone like Artem Anisimov, whose performance at the dot has been incredibly subpar.

Question 2: I can’t really decide, so I’m going to pretend I was the captain of said championship team, and with my two days with the Cup I would first take it around my hometown of Lemont for its second appearance in the little village.

And then the next day, I would take it around my college campus, maybe inspire the Spartan hockey team to not play as badly as it has the past few seasons.

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