The Chicago Blackhawks season is just around the corner, and we have some questions.
This season is going to be challenging for the Blackhawks. Even with a healthy squad, Chicago was going to have some rough patches in 2021. However, thanks to injuries to Jonathan Toews, Kirby Dach, and Alex Nylander, the Blackhawks are losing some of their top guys, and things look even more difficult.
Where does a team like this go when they are already shorthanded before puck drop of game one? Who will be the stars on this roster? And do the Blackhawks have any hope for a playoff push within the next two years? Honestly, the questions can go on all day.
Today, I want to zone in on 10 questions that we should have answered by the end of the 2021 season. Sure the Blackhawks don’t have expectations to be the best team in the NHL, but expectations sometimes limit a team. There is little pressure on this Blackhawks team to perform with no expectations of a playoff run.
The Blackhawks begin their season on January 13th against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Here are some questions to have on your mind when the puck drops.
1 – Can the goalies hold their own?
Corey Crawford was the Chicago Blackhawks guy since 2011. However, now the Blackhawks enter 2021 looking for someone new. While Crawford will always be one of my favorite goalies, I hope that one of the three goalies will pan out in Chicago.
Sure, Malcolm Subban might not have the best NHL history thus far, but a fresh start has worked in the past. Maybe one of the Blackhawks’ three guys, Collin Delia, Kevin Lankinen, or Subban, will pan out to be the future of the Blackhawks net. If not, they still have Drew Commesso developing and one day becoming an NHLer.
Chicago’s goaltending was the best thing about the team last year, so this season will be challenging with three untested netminders. But it is not all horrible; the defensive play of this team should be improved thanks to the additions of Nikita Zadorov, Lucas Wallmark, and Mattias Janmark.
The Blackhawks need to be better in front of their netminders, and they also need to give the goalies sometime to figure out their game in the NHL. I think this goaltending battle will be up and down throughout the season, and that is alright with me considering the team will have a lot of back to backs this season for their netminders to split games in.
Goalies like Jordan Binnington, Matt Murray, and Tristan Jarry were not locks in the NHL at one time, and yet they rose above their situations to become NHLers. Maybe the Blackhawks can make a name out of one of their netminders.