Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks play the San Jose Sharks tonight, and in the Final 6 games we will get a glimpse into the Chicago Blackhawks future.
The future starts tonight for the Chicago Blackhawks when we get to see Victor Ejdsell in the lineup tonight. The big young center was an emergency call up yesterday after only playing 2 times for the Rockford Ice Hogs.
Ejdsell came over from the Nashville Predators in the Ryan Hartman trade, so I can’t wait to see what we got in return for Hartman.
The news about Ejdsell was just the appetizer before we got the news that Dylan Sikura signed with the team and will be in the lineup on Thursday night.
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Stan Bowman had said all season long that Sikura would be the Chicago Blackhawks biggest trade deadline deal, so even though the Blackhawks are eliminated from the playoffs Sikura is still the biggest move since the beginning of the season.
One of the things that sure will help us get through the offseason will be coming up with line combinations for next year with all the youth that is in the system now. Like Mark Lazarus tweeted today, the Chicago Blackhawks are no longer old.
Now of course if we are looking into the future, the Chicago Blackhawks core has to play like superstars and not washed up ones next season if the Hawks expect to return to the playoffs and make a splash!
Until then the next few games will be a fun look into the franchises future.
Here are some morning links to kick off your work week!
Everyone is happy that Sikura signed and will play this coming week in Chicago (Tribune)
Ed Olczyk tells us what went wrong this season for the Blackhawks (CSN)
Who will be the Chicago Blackhawks offseason targets (Hockey Writers)
Ideal first round matchups for the Colorado Avalanche (Mile High Sticking)
The Minnesota Wild face the Blues after a big win (Hockey Wilderness)
How a High School Hockey team pumps up an NHL crowd (Pro Hockey Talk)
Sometimes fighting happens with teammates (TSN)
Where do the Flames go from here (Puck daddy)