Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks’ Young Talent Making Impression As Season Ends

By John Aubert
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 26: Chicago Blackhawks center Victor Ejdsell (14) controls the puck in overtime play during a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks on March 26, 2018, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 26: Chicago Blackhawks center Victor Ejdsell (14) controls the puck in overtime play during a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks on March 26, 2018, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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When you’re no longer in the playoff hunt, it’s hard to find a reason to keep that lust for winning in your head. There’s really no hope to keep playing, and you just want the season to end. However, for the Chicago Blackhawks, it’s the younger guys on the team giving them a reason to play right now.

There’s no question the Chicago Blackhawks need to experiment with players right now. If anything, it’s the most appropriate time to do so.

In recent days, the ‘Hawks have pulled a group of young players into the lineup such as Victor Ejdsell (acquired from the Ryan Hartman trade), Dylan Sikura, Andreas Martinsen, Blake Hillman and Collin Delia. Mark Lazerus, beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, tweeted out the new lineup Wednesday:

That’s a long list of players, but it’s a important list, as it’s the Blackhawks’ future. Ejdsell, Sikura and Martinsen are awaiting pieces to this team who will eventually be relied on. Their offensive abilities will be dire in years to come.

Hillman, a promising defenseman who’s only 22, will be crucial in efforts in fixing the team’s defensive issues. And finally, Delia, who was called up for emergency reasons, might actually see the light of day this season backing up Anton Forsberg.

‘Hawks’ second line gives look into future

The Blackhawks’ second line of Alex DeBrincat-Ejdsell-Sikura could in fact be a view into the future. All three of those players are young, talented, promising guys who all know they have potential. Maybe that’s what is needed on this team, a reboot to what we saw when Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were young. A view of hope, promising talent and raw potential.

From what we’ve seen already through highlight tapes and scouting reports, Ejdsell and Sikura are both dynamic players. They’re the go-to guys at their age. Ejdsell already debuted for the ‘Hawks, playing 17 minutes and posting three shots on goal and a 6-for-11 faceoffs ledger. He looked to have had fun, which is what the Blackhawks need right now.

Both players are deemed to complement each other, but we won’t know for sure until we watch them play against the Winnipeg Jets tonight.

Next: Delia Called Up For Late-Season Stint

It may not seem like it, but this is a time to be excited for the Blackhawks. The team has a lot of potential running through the lineup, making this awful season at least somewhat enjoyable.

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