The Chicago Blackhawks might have lost their series to the Vegas Golden Knights last night, but there are still reasons for hope moving forward.
Let’s face it, the Blackhawks were gifted their place in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, and yet they made the most of it. We showed that we are a legitimate threat by beating the Edmonton Oilers, and we even snuck away with a win against the Vegas Golden Knights. I know fans might be mad right now, but there are a lot of positives to think about.
The Chicago Blackhawks were the youngest team going into the first round of the playoffs. Now all of our young guys like Kirby Dach, Adam Boqvist, and Alex DeBrincat have some playoff experience under their belt.
Outside of Kane, Toews, Keith, and Saad, this unit does not have a lot of playoff experience. Now our new young core has a little bit of that and has a taste of it going into next season when they can start to compete for more.
This series and experience all mean something to the Blackhawks management. We have seen what our flaws are heading into the offseason now. Luckily we can now start trying to really zone in on our flaws. The Blackhawks need to start getting bigger and need to get better defensively.
Stan Bowman was in the building last night, and he should have a pretty good idea of what this unit is missing. We are not rolling four lines like some of the great teams in the league, we are relying too much on our star guys and need to try and get more from our entire roster.
One area of our roster that does not need any improvement would have to be our goaltending. Corey Crawford kept the Blackhawks in this series, and I do believe Robin Lehner would not have been any better. They are two outstanding goaltenders, and I think Crow has an opportunity to be the Blackhawks guy for the next few years still.
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This might be the end of the Blackhawks 2020 season, but I hope fans are hopeful about what is next to come. We are going to grow and get better this offseason. Thank you for a great season, and we will be back better than ever next year!