The Blackhawks are going to have to get bigger and a little meaner
Chicago is a young team, and by all means, that is a good thing. However, being young also might mean we do not have the size some other teams have. Kirby Dach and Adam Boqvist both are going to have to put on some weight during this offseason. I would expect those two to come back so improved, and it is entirely in their control.
Outside of that, I would like to see the team go out and get bigger and meaner as well. The way Ryan Reaves plays might be a little annoying when he is not on your team, but you have to admit that he is useful in the playoffs.
Reaves is in the heads of the Vancouver Canucks’ players. He is dominating the game, and he is not even logging that many minutes during the playoffs, he is playing on average 9:58 per game. I know the way Reaves plays might not be needed all of the time, but having a player like that is significant.
Chicago has Andrew Shaw and Drake Caggiula, but they both have proven they might not be fit for that job. Shaw and Caggiula are just too small to be throwing their weight around during the games. They might log a big hit every once and a while, but it has come with concussions and missed games.
Playing physical is one way to succeed when you do not have the skill to score the “pretty” goals. I hope the Blackhawks coaching staff changes their system up a little to incorporate some more hardworking system play.