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Chicago Blackhawks’ Offensive Preparation For 2017-18 Season

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Apr 20, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left winger Artemi Panarin (72) hits Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) during the second period in game four of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 20, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left winger Artemi Panarin (72) hits Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) during the second period in game four of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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Artem Anisimov

Good old Arty seems like a great starting point, as his deficiency might be one of the most obvious.  You guessed it.  Faceoffs!

The ‘Hawks’ second-line center was an abysmal 29.4% in this year’s playoffs.  He went 45.1% overall for the season.  But what if he could get that up closer to 50%?

Then his linesmates, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin, would start with the puck more often.  Imagine the possibilities!

Patrick Kane

Scott Powers of The Athletic recently wrote an article about Kane’s trainer, Darryl Belfry.  He gives some great insight into how Kane has progressed over the years.

What I found to be most interesting is that Kane has become more of a dual threat in multiple ways all over the ice.  Belfry claims Kane is an excellent student of the game.

It sounds like these two have a laundry list of things to work on in the offseason.  If interested, you can read the entire article here.

Artemi Panarin

The Bread Man needs to work on his all-around game.  Yes, yes, everyone knows about his famous one-timer from the left circle.  But there has to be more to his game than just one shot.

Perhaps participating in the Worlds tournament was a good start towards that goal.  Panarin played for his native Russia, and helped his team bring home the bronze medal.

He led the tournament with 17 points, which included four goals and 13 assists.

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Ryan Hartman

I’d like to see Hartzy work on his discipline.  He started out last season doing a respectable job of staying out of the penalty box.  But as the year went on, he found himself slowly getting into more and more trouble.

In four playoff games, he committed two minor infractions, as well as a 10-minute game misconduct.  Hartman can be a very valuable player for the Chicago Blackhawks, especially if he can keep his temper in check.

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