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Chicago Blackhawks: Where To Go From Last Place in the NHL?

By Samuel Boland
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 06: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a second-period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 06: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a second-period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights during their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks have reached territory unfamiliar to them in the last decade: last place in the NHL. This begs the question, where do we go from here?

It’s true: the mighty Chicago Blackhawks are in last place in the National Hockey League. It was an inevitable decline, one created by knee-jerk reaction decisions and the impending doom that is the natural aging of the human body and, thus, the ‘Hawks core.

The Chicago Blackhawks are 9-16-5 this year and have most recently endured a 3-14-3 stretch in which they were outscored by 32 goals (all of this prior to the Canadiens game). During the preseason I wrote about how the Blackhawks simply could not afford to struggle during October.

Obviously, someone reads the site as they responded by starting the year off 3-0-2 taking 8 of a possible 10 points and found themselves in second place in the Central Division before Corey Crawford stepped foot on the ice.

They started the season off well, but a 20 game stretch in which you only win three games will erase any kind of success you had instantly.

All of a sudden, a team with so much promise and potential finds themselves being brought back down to Earth. The personnel on this team is not nearly as bad as 31st in the NHL, but they certainly have the potential to be if they continue on this path.

This, of course, un-coincidentally brings us to my most burning question: where do the Chicago Blackhawks go from here?

And, un-coincidentally, I have a couple of ideas. Let’s dive in.

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