Blackhawks: Five Questions Heading Into The 2021 NHL season

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

2 Can Jeremy Colliton Help Push The Young Players Forward?

Jeremy Colliton has done his best the past few seasons but is he ready to take the next step with this roster. Helping to push along the development of the young players on the Blalckhawks is tough enough, but when the team is in a rebuild where all eyes are on those young players, it is even harder.

The pressure is on Chicago’s young players and Colliton to deliver this coming season. Mistakes will be made along the way, but how Colliton and company respond to those mistakes will be interesting to watch.

In the past, when a young player was added to Chicago’s lineup, they were shielded more by the stars around them. Going back to when Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad broke into the NHL, they were not alone on the ice, thanks to how good the group as a whole was. Next season is going to be different for the young players.

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Duncan Keith can not be on the ice at all times. Some of Chicago’s younger, less experienced players are going to get cracks during games with no safety net on the ice with them. How they do in those situations will be critical.

For example, last season Adam Boqvist spent time with Duncan Keith. Keith had to pick up some of the slack defensively that Boqvist left on a costly turnover of making the wrong read. The same was true in the forward grouping when Alex Nylander was on the same line as Patrick Kane.