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Chicago Blackhawks 2017-18 Regular Season Expectations: Newcomers

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 16: Brandon Saad
COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 16: Brandon Saad /
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COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 16: Brandon Saad /

Roster overhaul is the key phrase this offseason for the Chicago Blackhawks, and with that in mind we can try to offer projections for how some of the newcomers will fare in the 2017-18 regular season

The opening night lineup Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville trots out to begin the 2017-18 regular season will be quite a bit different from the one he utilized in 2016-17. No Niklas Hjalmarsson. No Artemi Panarin. No Marcus Kruger. No Trevor van Riemsdyk. No Scott Darling (on the bench).

Yes, the Blackhawks are in overhaul mode once more. There is a lot of skepticism and concern heading into the upcoming season, so let’s try and smooth out some of it here.

Today, I’m going to offer a look at my expectations for the Blackhawks’ newcomers during the 2017-18 regular season. These will by no means be guarantees, but I’m going to look at targets I think will or won’t apply to guys who are donning the Indian Head for the first time (or returning to don it once more).

I’m just going to be looking at the current big league roster — with one exception — and making notes on guys who were not part of the team last season. So with that in mind, let’s get started.