Blackhawks: Five Questions Heading Into The 2021 NHL season

Dylan Strome #17, Chicago Blackhawks,(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Alex DeBrincat #12, Chicago Blackhawks
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3 Who will make up the top six, and is Dylan Strome on the roster?

Chicago’s top six has some holes due to departures from critical pieces of the team and players not having a contract. With Brandon Saad gone, Chicago has to find someone else to fill in his position on the top line.

There are many options to play with Toews and Kubalik, but if Shaw can come back healthy, he might be the best option to start the season. The second line is a little more straight forward.

Chicago will want to keep Kirby Dach within the top six, assuming he can continue developing his game, and recent play with Team Canada shows he is ready to take the next step. So here is Chicago’s potential top six, at least what I think.

Dominik Kubak – Jonathan Toews – Andrew Shaw

Alex DeBrincat – Kirby Dach – Patrick Kane

Chicago will need these six players to have great offensive seasons if they are going to win some games this season. Depth scoring is also critical, but these players are the most vital pieces of the team and will be leaned on heavily.

Now, this still leaves the question mark of what happened to Dylan Strome. Honestly, I think he can be more than a third-line center, assuming he gets a contract. Time will answer that question though.