Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Where’s Vinny
By Keith Schultz
Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks are in a bit of a funk, and of course people point right to Rockford when things turn sour in Chicago.
The one player everyone is asking for is Vinnie Hinostroza, and to be honest he’s been playing pretty well in Rockford through the first 9 games. Hinostroza has scored 4 times and picked up 7 assists for 11 points in 9 games which I’m sure you do the math is more than a point a game.
The reason to like Hinostroza is because of his pure speed, and if you watch the Hawks very few of there players are blessed with pure speed. The last Blackhawk that could truly fly was probably Viktor Stalberg. Stalberg of course wasn’t the best finisher and plenty of fans joked about his inability to score, but his speed caused tons of issues for other teams on a bottom 6 line.
So you can see why some would like Hinostroza back up in Chicago so he can become a disruptor for the Hawks offense. The Chicago Blackhawks offense has been really stagnant the past week or so which some would think could be jump started by Vinnie.
After the game on Saturday night, Joel Quenneville hinted that there wouldn’t be any changes especially coming from Rockford, but we shall see on Monday what the Hawks changes will be. The player that needs to be more effective in my minds is Patrick Sharp, and even if Vinnie is wilder than Sharp his game would be way more disruptive than that of #10.
What do you think? Should the Hawks make some sort of move this week before they take on Philly on Wednesday night?
Here are some morning links to kick off your work week!
What did Nick Schmaltz have to say after the Hawks loss in Colorado on Saturday night (Blackhawks)
Chicago Blackhawks biggest names need to step up in every way possible (Sun-times)
If you don’t mention the loss Saturday night, it didn’t happen right? (Faxes From Uncle Dale)
The Misery of the Montreal Canadiens on and off the ice continue (ESPN)
It wasn’t just the Blackhawks getting blown out Saturday night.. Just ask Smashville (Predlines)
The Blues are up to any challenge lately (Post Dispatch)
Kari Lehtonen is riding a hot hand as of late in Dallas (Blackout Dallas)
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Guess who’s on the hot seat in New York (Pro Hockey Talk)