Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! As we are one day closer to the start of the regular season there are a few things I’m really getting excited about when the Hawks do hit the ice later this month.
The biggest thing I’m excited about is the return of Brandon Saad to the lineup. Saad in 2015 after the team won their 3rd Stanley Cup of this era, seemed to be approaching his prime and a member of the core of the franchise.
Saad carried the Hawks in a few games during the 2015 Stanley Cup playoff run, and it seemed like he was ready to become a star in the NHL, but instead he was shipped to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Marko Dano and Artem Anisimov.
Saad continued to get better, but no one really was noticing him in Columbus, and to be quite honest it hurt everytime I pulled up their box score and read Saad on the score sheet even if Artemi Panarin was scoring with Patrick Kane.
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The reason that it was so painful was because Jonathan Toews game slipped without Saad on his wing. So with Toews changing his offseason workout routine with the addition of Saad, I really am excited to see what the combo of Toews and Saad bring to the ice rink each and every night!
Here are some morning links to kick off your weekend!
Part 2 of Making of the Behind Scenes series the Draft (Blackhawks)
The Chicago Blackhawks are returning to South Bend for training camp (Madhouse Enforcer)
Which NHL Stars could be on the decline during the 2017-2018 season (Bleacher Report)
The Future St Louis Blues Stadium stalls once Again (Fox 2)
Colorado Avalanche fans still have optimism about the teams future (Mile High Sticking)
The Winnipeg Jets Captain says no more excuses (Winnipeg Free Press)