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NHL Preseason Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Crack Top 10

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BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 25: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Alex DeBrincat (12) moves the puck as Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) closes in during a preseason game between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks on September 25, 2017, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 25: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Alex DeBrincat (12) moves the puck as Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) closes in during a preseason game between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks on September 25, 2017, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 25: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Jan Rutta (44) times a slap shot during a preseason game between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks on September 25, 2017, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 25: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Jan Rutta (44) times a slap shot during a preseason game between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks on September 25, 2017, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

7. Chicago Blackhawks

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I honestly thought Sean’s original placement of the Blackhawks was fair. Then I started looking around the league and realized a lot of teams have serious questions, like the Blackhawks. Frankly, I think they’re a lot closer to answering some at forward than they were two months ago. Defense is still a question mark. So like above with Dubnyk, Corey Crawford will need to be Vezina-like (he has been in the past, despite the voting) for the Blackhawks to succeed.

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