Reason One: The Youth Will be On Full Display
Chicago has an influx of young players ready to take the next step in their NHL career. We have talked a lot about Ian Mitchell and Pius Suter this offseason, but other forwards are ready to step up to the plate within this organization.
Chicago needs some of their young guys to hit and be something with this club, and if half of the players can exceed expectations, Chicago could be back on track in no time. Not having a season would not have helped Chicago’s development.
Thanks to the 56 game schedule, Chicago will have their players on full display night after night, playing in different learning experiences that will prove second to none when teaching the young players how to succeed in the NHL.
Plus, the team’s young defense will need a year or two to find their identity. Adam Boqvist was great during his rookie season, but now hopefully, he will be ready to take the next step. The same is true for newcomer Nikita Zadorov who has not really hit his stride yet in the NHL.
Chicago has opportunities in their lineup for the young incoming players, but the only way the team can use these positions is if there is a season.