Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blackhawks: 3 Takeaways from Game 5 against Golden Knights

Kirby Dach #77, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
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John Quenneville, Chicago Blackhawks
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Colliton’s Line Changes

It was overdue, but Alex Nylander was scratched. In his place would be John Quenneville.

Was this the right call?

It was the right thing to scratch Nylander. The question will linger as to whether or not dressing Quenneville was a good idea.

Quenneville is indeed a big player, but other guys might have been a better call.

This is especially true because the idea was that, no matter the outcome of the postseason was for Chicago, young players were going to get a lot of important experience.

Which begs the question, why John Quenneville?

Does Chicago see him as a valuable part of the team’s future? That’s highly debatable.

Ben Pope from the Chicago Sun-Times tweeted out some stats from Quenneville’s night:

This is bad, and Chicago couldn’t have been much worse off with one of their other players.

Brandon Hagel isn’t much smaller than Quenneville, and MacKenzie Entwhistle is bigger.

Also, Dylan Sikura was probably the player that was most deserving of the roster players who could have suited up. He doesn’t put up much offense, but he’s not a liability on the ice.

Sikura isn’t a physical player, but Colliton still had options that weren’t Quenneville.

It was a baffling decision to throw Quenneville on the ice in such a high stakes game, but the choice was made, for better or worse.