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Five Overlooked Chicago Blackhawks From Recent Championships

Chicago Blackhawks, Stanley Cup (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Michal Rozsival #32, Chicago Blackhawks
Michal Rozsival #32, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images) /

1 Michal Rozsival

Michal Rozsival wasn’t my favorite defenseman during his time with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was the sixth or seventh defensemen on a team filled with stars. With a defensive four that could dominate the NHL, Rozsival was not used a lot during his time in Chicago.

From 2013-2017 Rozsival was a Chicago Blackhawk. He played in 207 regular-season games and 54 postseason games with Chicago. Rozsival was 34-37 during his time with Chicago, and while he wasn’t the fastest defender around, he was dependable in Chicago.

I think the biggest reason I put Rozsival on this list is that after he got hurt during the 2015 playoffs, Chicago had to rely heavily on their top-four defenders. It showed how much they did depend upon Rozsival.

Now we see Chicago have too many bottom-pairing defenders and too many young players on their defense as well. They seem to be stuck in a purgatory of mediocre defensive play, and it is not going to get easier until they move some of their defensemen.

This season, we will probably see many different players get scratched for a few sets of games and then get back into the action. It reminds me of a time when we took for granted Rozsival. He knew his role on the team and executed it to the best of his ability.

What do you think of our list, and did we miss any other overlooked players from the past decade?

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