Projecting the Chicago Blackhawks lineup for next season

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Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
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The Chicago Blackhawks season is about two months away from ending unless of course, we make a nice playoff run. I do not know what pieces this team should add right now, or whether or not this team should stand pat at the trade deadline. One thing I do know is our future is bright.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been great for the last few months. Similar to last year, we have certainly found our game towards the end of the season. With that being said we might not have enough time to make this season a playoff team. That means we need to start looking to next year.

I have a few projections for how this lineup can look next year already drawn up. I know that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will be a year older, and while that does scare me a little I still believe they will be able to compete at a high level.

When the Blackhawks started this season I figured it would be more of a limbo year for this team. Chicago is a bubble team, capable of making the playoffs, but still focusing on their longterm goal. That is why I do not want them to trade any pieces away right now. Next season to me is going to be the year we break back into the league again, and I am excited.

To kick-start my guesses for the opening night roster let’s start with the forwards. Now I am not adding many players to the team, as I don’t see them being active in free agency with the need to re-sign players like Dylan Strome and Drake Caggiula.