Stan Bowman has a lot of different options when it comes to building the Chicago Blackhawks roster for their next playoff run. Today, I want to highlight what type of team the Blackhawks should model themselves after.
Right now, we have four teams left in the hunt for the Stanley Cup. The Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Vegas Golden Knights, and Dallas Stars. These four teams are doing something right to be in this position.
While it does take some luck to get to the point the four teams in the conference finals are at, it is a lot of hard work and skill too. Chicago would be lucky if they could look like any of these teams at some point in the future; today, I want to look at what is most likely.
It is interesting. Every year when the Stanley Cup Finals or conference finals come around, people always look to the teams still in it as options to model themselves after. It shows what is working in the NHL to get a win, and for the most part, you would be right.
St. Louis is an excellent example of this. They play great defensively and have a hard work attitude where they get pucks in deep and chaise after them in the offensive zone. St. Louis was relentless on the forecheck, and they won a Stanley Cup last year with their way of playing on display throughout four rounds of hockey.
The Blackhawks system is not working anymore. The years of Toews and Kane dominating play is over, and we need to start adapting to play a new style of hockey. I know we have Jeremy Colliton now, and that is a new system. However, we do not see that much of a difference on the ice. I want to look at the teams still in the playoffs as options for the Blackhawks to model themselves after over the next few years.
I do not understand the Dallas Stars. I guess I never really saw them being in this position, and so I don’t think the Blackhawks should model themselves after the Stars. That being said, we will probably end up having a Stanley Cup down in Dallas within the next few weeks, knowing my luck.
With Dallas off of the table, let’s look at three options for the Blackhawks to model themselves after for their next playoff run! We have had success in the past, but now it is time to start planning for the future.