Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: Left Wings And Difficult Opponents

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 07: Ryan Hartman
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 07: Ryan Hartman /
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Our first Chicago Blackhawks roundtable of the 2017-18 season explores second-line options and looks at the team’s upcoming schedule

Welcome back to the Chicago Blackhawks roundtable. We took most of the summer off with this feature, as there’s only so much you can ask a panel of writers while NHL hockey isn’t actually being played.

We’ve also got quite a few new writers doing their first roundtable today. They got a doozy of a question to lead off, focused on who should serve as Chicago’s second-line left wing.

Coach Joel Quenneville fueled plenty of speculation in camp that Alex DeBrincat-Nick SchmaltzPatrick Kane would be the team’s second line. Patrick Sharp was also seen as a possibility based on preseason action.

But these first two regular-season games, we’ve witness Ryan Hartman doing the job. And he’s done quite well, to say the least, as he posted a ridiculous five points on opening night. Things are bound to get messed up now that Schmaltz is out a bit with a lower-body injury, but once he’s back, we’ll have this debate all over again.

So we threw it to the writers as one of their two roundtable queries. Let’s see the official questions for this week:

Question 1: Who would you rather see at second-line left wing and why: Ryan Hartman or Alex DeBrincat?

Question 2: Which of the next six games (at Toronto, at Montreal, vs. Minnesota, vs. Nashville, at St. Louis, vs. Edmonton) will be the biggest challenge for the Blackhawks and why?

Let’s see what our writers had to say.