After two less-than-desirable seasons for the Chicago Blackhawks, Blackhawk Up gives you five reasons to be excited for the 2018-19 campaign (Part III).
Cleary, a last place Central Division finish for the Chicago Blackhawks leaves a lot to be desired for Hawks fans. This is especially true given it was their worst season since the 2006-07 season where head coach Trent Yawney was fired midseason and replaced by Dennis Savard.
Seasons like that are enough to make Blackhawks fans pretty darn pessimistic about the following year. Then, throw in the fact that the year before they placed first in the Central and were swept out of the first round, and things aren’t looking too bright.
However, Blackhawk Up gives you five reasons why fans should be excited (and optimistic) for Chicago’s upcoming campaign.
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No. 1, 2 and 3
Numbers one through three were detailed in two separate installments of this multi-part series. The first, “The Year of the Alex DeBrincat” was brought to us with inspiration from our good friends over at Puck Prose who gave one reason each NHL team should be excited for the upcoming year.
Goaltending was the second reason Blackhawks fans should be excited for the upcoming season. The dust hasn’t settled on when Crawford will return and the type of player he will be. Additionally, no one knows how Cam Ward will fit in, either. That being said, between the two of them there will finally be consistency in the Blackhawks’ crease which hasn’t been around since December of last year. It’ll undoubtedly help General Manager Stan Bowman to identify, and fix, the most glaring holes in this current roster.
For more on either of these, check the first part of this story here.
The third reason the people of Chicago should be excited for this coming season is the youth movement. Last year, young players like Nick Schmaltz and Alex DeBrincat both took huge steps in their games. Hopefully, they will continue to trend in that direction again this year. Additionally, young guys like Henri Jokiharju, Ian Mitchell, Victor Ejdsell, Gustav Forsling, Blake Hillman, Dylan Sikura, David Kampf and more are trying to seriously compete for a roster spot this year. It’ll be entertaining to see which young guns will step up this year and if DeBrincat and Schmaltz can continue to become impact players.