This week’s Chicago Blackhawks roundtable delves into a bottom-six center spot and who would fit best in Vegas, ahead of the Blackhawks’ first game against the Golden Knights
There have been few changes to the Chicago Blackhawks’ forward ranks throughout the season so far. Besides Nick Schmaltz‘s injury shaking things up, there has really only been one frequent switch: fourth-line center.
The Blackhawks are trying to find playing time for both Tanner Kero and Tommy Wingels, which has led to healthy scratches for both. They’re being used as the fourth-line center between Lance Bouma and John Hayden, with varying results.
It seems like coach Joel Quenneville prefers Wingels for the role, as he fits a little better into the super-aggressive forechecking style that fourth line has been known for early on. But Kero is getting his reps as well, and he occasionally moonlights on the third line in place of Artem Anisimov as well.
So, which guy — Kero or Wingels — should the Blackhawks be using as their fourth-line center? We brought that question to our Blackhawk Up panel with this week’s Chicago Blackhawks roundtable. Here are the questions:
Question 1: Who should center the fourth line: Tanner Kero or Tommy Wingels, and why?
Question 2: With the Chicago Blackhawks in Las Vegas this week, which Blackhawk would make the best Vegas show host and why?
Let’s see what our Blackhawk Up panel had to say.