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6 Blackhawks Players Who Are Currently on the Hot Seat

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CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 19: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawkswatches from the bench as his teammates take on the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on February 19, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 19: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawkswatches from the bench as his teammates take on the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on February 19, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – MARCH 13: Gustav Forsling #42 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Scotiabank Arena on March 13, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – MARCH 13: Gustav Forsling #42 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Scotiabank Arena on March 13, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Gustav Forsling

Gustav Forsling is a young defenseman that doesn’t play much defense and that’s a problem. It’s well known that defensemen take longer to develop than forwards, but here we are in Year 3 and Forsling has actually regressed.

Forsling’s 3rd NHL season was arguably his worst. Tons of defensive zone lapses and turnovers galore. His minimal offensive production is not enough to overcome his defensive shortcomings.

His days are surely numbered, and maybe they have already run out since he is currently a restricted free agent.

Unless he shows a complete turnaround, Forsling will be gone sooner rather than later. He doesn’t hold much standalone trade value, so I can see him being part of a trade package. Possibly with Anisimov, Hayden, or both. Don’t plan on buying a Gustav Forsling jersey any time soon.

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