Who the Chicago Blackhawks will protect against Seattle Kraken

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Eight Skaters and a Goalie:

Skaters: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Nikita Zadorov, and Connor Murphy

Goalie: Rock paper scissors?

I am a big fan of the eight skater system for the Blackhawks because it allows the Blackhawks to protect one more top-level defender this team has on their roster. While the blueline might be crowded at this time in Chicago, watching a good defense like Connor Murphy or Calvin de Haan leave the team with no return coming back Chicago’s way would hurt.

While this variation does not let the Blackhawks save all of their top defenders, it does allow them to decide which defensemen will be dealt, not leaving the decision up to Seattle with the three defender format.

I know there are also several forwards exposed in both of these variations. Still, Chicago is only going to lose one player. Even though our friends over at the Kraken Chronicle believe John Quenneville might be who is taken, I think it is going to be one of our defensemen.

When it comes to the goalie position, it is the same thing as before. If Colin Delia and Malcolm Subban split play this season and end up being pretty even, let the two goalies do rock paper scissors, and the loser gets exposed in the expansion draft. Either one of these goalies shouldn’t turn the eyes of the Seattle expansion team, but the ‘Hawks do have to defend one netminder!