The Blackhawks need to beef up their forward depth. I believe they have the depth on defense to make a playoff run, they don’t have the bottom six they used to have during their deep runs in the early 2010s.
Players like Zack Smith, Ryan Carpenter, David Kampf, and Alex Nylander fill the bottom-six role well. The issue is, that’s only four players. Sometimes the team throws Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane on the bottom two lines, but that leaves a lack of skill on the top two lines.
There are a lot of holes in that lineup. It doesn’t scream Stanley Cup. In the offseason, after the team re-signs Strome and Kubalik, they need to look at signing one or two bottom-six forwards to strengthen up their offensive play.
With a tight salary cap, the team might have to sign a depth player for one season. They might only have a window of one or two seasons to make the playoffs.