5. Is This Roster Capable of Success?
Honestly, when this season just started, I figured there was no reason that the Chicago Blackhawks could not compete for a playoff spot once again. Adding players like Calvin de Haan and Olli Maatta gave me hope and optimism for the future. I was wrong for sure.
The Chicago Blackhawks are a team that is barely above .500, and although the team remains optimistic about the season, I just do not feel we have what it takes. The Blackhawks are a team that is relying too heavily on outscoring opponents night in and night out. Although I am optimistic that they can score goals, I don’t feel the same about their defensive play.
The Blackhawks have also faced a lot of injuries this season. Whether it be Brent Seabrook, Calvin de Haan, or Brandon Saad, there are a lot of key pieces out for the Blackhawks right now. This obviously hurts the team. However, even with those pieces back, I do not think this Blackhawks team is ready to compete.
Without all of the pieces in place, how long will it take before the Chicago Blackhawks are back on track, and will Patrick Kane still be around when they figure it out? That brings me to my next question.