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Blackhawks: Five Questions Heading Into The 2021 NHL season

Dylan Strome #17, Chicago Blackhawks,(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Dylan Strome #17, Chicago Blackhawks,(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Dylan Strome, Chicago Blackhawks
Dylan Strome #17, Chicago Blackhawks,(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

The Chicago Blackhawks 2021 season will be filled with a lot of different uncertainties for the team, and it will take some time before we have answers.

When Chicago begins the 2021 season, things will look a lot different from what they did when they finished playing against Vegas in the playoffs. Chicago will be without their goalie Corey Crawford who signed with New Jersey during the offseason. They also will be without Brandon Saad, who was traded to Colorado.

Things will be off for Chicago; there is no denying that. Plus, the team might be dealing with a divisional change due to the season’s changing regulations because of COVID-19. We might be faced with an all Canada division, which would leave Chicago open to a shift.

The season will be shorter, and games might feature more back to back matchups against one opponent to help eliminate travel. But things aren’t just changing around the Blackhawks, there are also some questions concerning the team itself, and it starts with who will be in net next season.

1 Which Goalie Will Earn The Net?

Collin Delia, Kevin Lankinen, and Malcolm Subban are Chicago’s three main options for the net baring a signing or trade. Chicago will have to take some time to give all three an option next year, but the real question is who will win the battle.

In a perfect world, one of these three goalies will separate themselves from the other two and become the starter next season. That being said, I am worried that none of these three goalies will prove capable of the net.

I am sure the hunger and desire is there. All three of these guys are itching for an opportunity at being a starting goalie; I worry that having three mediocre goalies won’t fix anything. It is a similar situation to Chicago’s defense the past few seasons. Chicago had many different defenders play for their team; they all happened to be mediocre bottom-pairing defenders though. Quality over quantity, hopefully, one of Chicago’s three goalies can prove himself next year.

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