Excited for the 2017-18 NHL season to begin, Chicago Blackhawks fans and Blackhawk Up writers Aaron Goldschmidt, Colin Likas, Keith Schultz, Kirk Bennett, Randy Holndoner, Ryan Leidig, Sean Fitzgerald, Steve Yatsushiro and Tim Martens weigh in on how they think the season will shake out
After what seemed like an endless summer of trades, rumors and worries, the 2017–18 NHL season is finally upon us. The Chicago Blackhawks don’t open until Thursday, but the writers at Blackhawk Up are as excited as anyone to get the season underway. We thought we would put together some predictions for how we see the new season playing out.
So let’s get right to the good stuff. Here are some predictions posted for fun anticipation, but also for later reference to prove who was right, who was wrong and who needs their head checked when the season comes to a close. Let us know who you think is right in the comments and which teams and individuals you think will find success in the 2017-18 season.
Blackhawks’ point total
Many of the Blackhawk Up writers who took a crack at predicting the season were a bit skeptical when it came to the team we love to talk about the most. While we still have optimism and interest in what the 2017-18 Chicago Blackhawks could be, only two of us, Keith and Randy, were willing to make the claim that the team would eclipse the 100-point mark.
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Aaron, Colin, Kirk, Ryan, Sean, Steve and Tim put the ‘Hawks in the 90- to 99-point range. In Aaron’s words, “The 2017-18 Blackhawks will have their chemistry issues out of the gate but will grow together around the holidays, as they always do. The integration of new young talent will make some new stars, but unfortunately that won’t be enough to win a Stanley Cup.”
While none of us see a total collapse for the franchise this year, it appears many of us here at Blackhawk Up aren’t fully prepared to believe this team is ready to tear up the regular season and bring home its fourth Stanley Cup in nine seasons.
Season point total predictions
Aaron Goldschmidt – 92
Colin Likas – 98
Keith Schultz – 104
Kirk Bennett – 94
Randy Holndoner – 101
Ryan Leidig – 92
Sean Fitzgerald – 90
Steve Yatsushiro – 95
Tim Martens – 98