Chicago Blackhawks Show Similarities to the 2016 Pittsburgh Penguins

Jeremiah Lee
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1. Quality Prospects

The Chicago Blackhawks do have the prospects who have the potential to make a difference in the roster, it just takes time. This isn’t 2017 where only prospects who do not make mistakes remain on the team, the youth will be the driving force for this team in the upcoming seasons. The Chicago Blackhawks can deploy each one of their top prospects over the years, and certain guys can certainly cover the needs each team has to have to succeed.

First up is skill, which is covered, and led by, Pius Suter, Kirby Dach, Lukas Reichel, Adam Boqvist, and Ian Mitchell. Each one of these players have the opportunity to lead the next wave of players into another era of successful Blackhawks hockey, but only time will tell.

The team is in an interesting situation that they have not had in many years: a loaded prospect pool with many prospects who have the potential to be an everyday NHLer. Every NHL team needs playmakers and snipers, along with a couple of D-men who can quarterback the powerplay. The ‘Hawks have those, and we can expect to see Adam Boqvist and Ian Mitchell running the powerplay lines some of the time next season.

Every successful NHL team needs quality depth with a mix of defensive prowess and offensive ability. No team will win a Stanley Cup by being carried by their top six, or only three players. The depth forwards have to contribute.

The ‘Hawks definitely have these guys in Evan Barratt, Brandon Hagel, Matthew Highmore, and Mackenzie Entwistle. Each one of these guys have the competition level you want to see in the bottom six, and Matthew Highmore added four points in the postseason in nine games. Barratt, Hagel, and Entwistle add physicality to a roster that lacks grit, and will definitely annoy the opposition with finished checks, and determined play. With the coming playstyle, the ‘Hawks want to deploy, these players will fit the mold.