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 IV).
After a last place Central Division finish last season, there’s a lot to be desired for Chicago Blackhawks fans. Considering it was the Hawks’ worst finish since the 2006-07 season where their head coach, Trent Yawney, was fired midseason, the light at the end of the tunnel appears to be farther away than it is close.
As a result, a large portion of Blackhawks fans are left feeling pessimistic about the upcoming season. However, Blackhawk Up gives you five reasons why fans should be excited (and optimistic) for Chicago’s upcoming campaign.
No. 1 – 4
Numbers one through four were detailed in three different installments of this multi-part series. The first, “The Year of the Alex DeBrincat” was brought to us with inspiration from our good friends at Puck Prose who gave one reason each NHL team should be excited for the upcoming year. That being said, we feel that Blackhawks fans have more than just one thing to look forward to this season.
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Goaltending was the second reason we should be excited for the upcoming season. Yes, the jury isn’t out on when Crawford will return or the type of player he will return as. And yes, 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. This will be beneficial to General Manager Stan Bowman as he can identify, and fix, the most glaring holes in this current roster.
For more on either of these, look into the first part of the story here.
The third reason Blackhawk Up gave Blackhawks fans to be excited about is the ongoing 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 John Hayden all competing for a roster spot this year. It’ll be entertaining to see which young guns will step up. Perhaps more important, though, is whether or not DeBrincat and Schmaltz can continue to grow into the impact players they showed glimpses of last season.
For more on the youth movement, check the story here.
The fourth reason that Hawks fans should be excited heading into this year, and the latest up until this point, is none other than Patrick Kane. Kane is one of the most entertaining players in all of hockey. He’s electric whenever he takes the ice. Regardless of who lines up next to him at center and on the opposite wing, Kane’s line will be the most entertaining to watch all season long. Regardless of the opposition, the Hawks record, or time of year, anytime you get to watch Patrick Kane play hockey, you should be excited.
For the rest of that story, you guessed it, click the link here.