After a bad 2017-18 season, fans expected the team to bounce back. Even though the defense had holes and the older players were starting to slow down, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were still in their prime, while Corey Crawford would be returning to the roster.
The offseason was crucial for the team if they wanted to be back in the playoff mix in 2018-19. It started with drafting Adam Boqvist. Boqvist was a top defensive prospect in the draft, something the Blackhawks needed desperately.
Early in the season, the Blackhawks fired Joel Quenneville. Jeremy Colliton would take over as the team’s head coach while losing his first three games as the team’s coach. Finally, the Blackhawks were committed to the rebuild.
Early in Colliton’s career, the team traded for Dylan Strome. Strome would be a key to the team’s success in 2018-19, helping second-year player Alex DeBrincat score 40 goals.
Colliton would go 30-28-9, missing the playoffs by just six points. Luckily for Chicago, the Blackhawks were awarded the third pick in the 2019 NHL draft. With that selection, they drafted Kirby Dach.
Dach and Boqvist would join the team in 2019-20 and show off their talents as solid draft choices. Another key rookie that would join the team was Dominik Kubalik. Kubalik would score 30 goals in 2019-20, adding him to the Rookie of the Year conversation.
Along with Kubalik, Chicago signed Robin Lehner, Lehner, along with Crawford helped the team get in the play-in round. Something we’re still waiting to see.