Depth is vital to winning in the Stanley Cup playoffs
Back when the Chicago Blackhawks won their 2013 Stanley Cup, Joel Quenneville sent out his fourth line with a minute to go in the game. The Blackhawks were tied with two minutes to go in game six, and Joel Quenneville went to his fourth line.
That is something you are never going to see from this Blackhawks team anymore. Chicago does not have the depth they once did. We are never going to be able to win a championship or compete in the playoffs until we add more to our bottom six.
I know it does not help that the Blackhawks have contracts like Brent Seabrook or Zack Smith making up the bottom players on their roster, but we have to go out and find players. Alex Nylander and John Quenneville should not be in the top six on this team, and arguably they are not that great in the bottom six either.
We can not rely on Patrick Kane to play incredible amounts of minutes every night to make the Blackhawks somewhat competitive. It takes a team to win, not a few good lines. We are seeing the Colorado Avalanche suffer in the second round right now because of their lack of depth.