The Chicago Blackhawks have a lot of talent on their roster, but they need to continue to build the depth pieces around their stars in Kirby Dach and Adam Boqvist.
Building a championship team takes time. The amazing thing when it comes to the Blackhawks is they can start building that future championship team right now, while still doing their best to be competitive on the ice.
The Blackhawks are not like the Los Angeles Kings. Rather than blow up their entire roster, they are allowing their veterans to continue to push for the playoffs and be competitive. Could Stan Bowman have done a better job of giving Toews and Kane the pieces they need to win? Well, yes, but I do believe they are not blowing up this team for their stars’ sakes. Yet they are still rebuilding on the fly, or should I say “retooling”?
Stan Bowman has mentioned that the Blackhawks were going to be retooling their team. That came when the Blackhawks fired Joel Quenneville, then a year or so later, the Blackhawks let go team president John McDonough. The Blackhawks have changed from where they were just two seasons ago. Yet the most prominent force for change is still a few weeks away.
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The NHL draft is when an organization can revamp their farm system or even change the trajectory of their franchise. The moves Stan Bowman made on draft day in 2017 drastically sped up this franchise’s decline. This year can provide a different tune.
Stan Bowman needs to hit on his late-round draft picks. The Blackhawks have seven picks at this year’s NHL draft. One first-round pick, one second, and two thirds to kick off the draft. No selection is going to be a guaranteed NHL player, but when you look at some of the pieces Bowman has brought into the organization in the past, I am kind of hopeful that we can find some game-changing players in the second and third round.
Chicago added Alex Vlasic last summer with their second-round pick. He is not a member of the team right now, but in a few seasons, I could see him taking on a top-four role on our blue line. Bowman has thought outside of the box in the past. Alex DeBrincat and Brandon Saad were added to the Blackhawks in the second round. At the same time, Philipp Kurashev was a fourth-round pick from 2018.
This NHL draft can help decide whether or not the Blackhawks will be competitive again and compete for the Stanley Cup in a few seasons. Is there any player you who the Blackhawks add to their organization when the draft starts in October?