Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks have hope in near future on the blueline

By Juliana Nikac
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Adam Boqvist poses after being selected eighth overall by the Chicago Blackhawks during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Adam Boqvist poses after being selected eighth overall by the Chicago Blackhawks during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks are terrible defensively. Everyone knows that. With a surplus of high-end prospects flooding the system, that may change sooner than you think.

It’s difficult to look at the current situation the Chicago Blackhawks‘ defense is in and not worry about what the future is going to look like.

Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook – guys who were once two of the best defensemen in the league – have severely regressed in the last few years. Stan Bowman traded away Niklas Hjalmarsson and Michal Kempny then signed Brandon Manning, who they recently traded away after benching him for two weeks. Overall, the Blackhawks have a logjam of mediocre defensemen that aren’t providing the team with much hope.

Despite Bowman’s near-terrible acquisitions for the blue line, he’s done well drafting top-tier defense prospects over the last couple of years. The Blackhawks have a lot of players that can make fans hopeful for the future.

A year and a half ago, I scouted the prospects attending the Chicago Blackhawks 2017 Development Camp. Things have changed a lot since then, including an influx of high-end defensive prospects in the Blackhawks’ system. Let’s take a look at the hope this team has on the blue line.

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