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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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Apr 13, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) battles for the puck with Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis (4)and goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the first period in game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /

Jonathan Toews

Our fearless captain has made it no secret what he wants to do during the offseason.  He will be working on having more speed to his game, which in turn should help his puck possession.

He discusses this during his exit interview, which you can view below.  I also think he played hurt in the playoffs, so a longer offseason to rest will be helpful.

Toews is one very determined person, and I believe he’s going to have a resurgence this upcoming season.

Richard Panik

Can Panik keep the magic?  After all, he scored 22 goals and contributed 22 assists this past season.  I don’t think anyone expected that kind of production from him.

Chances are he’s not going to be able to replicate that.  But if he can stick to what worked for him, and continue to do all those little things, he should be able to contribute in a positive way moving forward.

Vinnie Hinostroza

“Getting in the corners, and taking the puck to the net.”  This comes straight from the horse’s mouth.

Vinnie recently participated in a Podcast for CSN Chicago, which can be viewed below.  Hinostroza definitely has speed to his game.  This could be a great asset for the Chicago Blackhawks.  But he needs to work on some of the other details to go along with his speed.

Andrew Desjardins

Staying healthy could do wonders for Desi.  He spent a lot of time injured this past year.

I’m not sure Desjardins is the answer for the Chicago Blackhawks anymore.  It might be time for the youth.  But if he’s going to play a part this coming season, he needs to be healthy.

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