The Chicago Blackhawks have had a trend in recent years with bringing back players that helped them win Stanley Cups, Andrew Ladd was one of those retreads that didn’t work out so much in 2016.
Andrew Ladd had a start to a career that players dream of when they are little kids. In his first season in the NHL he helped the Carolina Hurricanes win an improbable Stanley Cup.
Two seasons later he joined the up and coming roster of the Chicago Blackhawks, and once again in 2010 he helped the Hawks win their first Stanley Cup in 49 years.
One wish if I could have one with the Chicago Blackhawks is what could have been if the salary cap didn’t shred that 2010 team that was so young. Ladd actually was an older guy on that team at the ripe old age of 24. He was a solid winger that could score and throw his weight around.
In 203 games with the Hawks he scored 45 times with 66 assists, but it’s that he helped the Chicago Blackhawks get that 49 year monkey off their backs for the reason to throw him on my all-time list.
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Now, the second time they had him on the roster was a bit of a disappointment to say the least. He did run into some bad puck luck with hitting what seemed like an endless amount of crossbars while playing with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa on the Hawks top line.
He was supposed to be the guy to put them over the edge in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, but as we all now it was another former 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Troy Brouwer that foiled the Hawks plans in Game #7 of that opening round series.
Ladd was the Captain for the Winnipeg Jets so his leadership has never been questioned, but when you look at his season last year with the New York Islanders, it looks like they over spent for the veteran. Maybe the 2016 short stint with the Blackhawks was a sign of decline.
Either way he’s a 2 time Cup Champion and #82 on our list. What do you think? Too high, Too Low, Shouldn’t be on the list?
Only 82 more days until the season starts!