2 Defense Was An Emphasis Again
The Blackhawks have continued to emphasize adding defensemen at the draft. Since 2017, the Blackhawks have added 14 defensemen using their draft picks. 14 out of the 30 picks from the past 4 drafts have been defensemen. That is almost half of the draft class from the past four years.
While I am all for the Blackhawks emphasizing the defensive positions, this will not help the other areas on the ice for the team. All of a sudden, we are looking at a Blackhawks team that is worse off in their forward depth than ever before.
Chicago used to have four great lines on the ice every night. Teams would have to pick their poison and go up against great competition no matter who was on the ice. Now, the team seems to be struggling to put together a solid top six, let alone a full roster.
It is only a matter of time before the Blackhawks are going to turn their attention back to the forward position. The team is going to want to have a great offensive farm system as well as defensive. Right now, there has been an overemphasis on the defense. While that is great for the team, there are only so many roster spots on the blue line.
To win in the long term, the Blackhawks need to add as many prospects as possible, at every position. That brings us to the third takeaway.