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Chicago Blackhawks Among Central Division’s Offseason Losers

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PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 29: Niklas Hjalmarsson
PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 29: Niklas Hjalmarsson /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 29: Niklas Hjalmarsson
PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 29: Niklas Hjalmarsson /

We’ve gotten through all the major points of the early NHL offseason, making it a fair time to rank the Chicago Blackhawks and other Central Division teams on their performances

The Chicago Blackhawks and 30 other NHL teams have made it through the postseason awards show, the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft, the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and prospect camps. So the offseason is officially at its halfway point, as there’s really only arbitration and training camps left to deal with before the 2017-18 season begins.

So what better time to grade the Blackhawks and the six other Central Division teams on their offseason performances? There has been plenty to talk about within the division — especially for general manager Stan Bowman’s crew.

Blackhawk Up’s Sean Fitzgerald highlighted key gains and losses for each of the NHL’s teams during his early power rankings posts last week. While I’ll mention such things here, I’m also going to provide an overall offseason grade for each squad. Let’s get right to it.

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