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Blackhawks: 10 questions on our mind heading into the new season

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Alex DeBrincat #12, Chicago Blackhawks
Alex DeBrincat #12, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports /

5 – Who will rise to the occasion?

Someone has to rise above the rest in the Blackhawks locker room. There are holes everywhere in the Blackhawks lineup, and with those holes come opportunities.

The top six will include players like Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome, Patrick Kane, and Dominik Kubalik, but some positions need to be filled outside of those four players.

Andrew Shaw very well could be a top-six forward with the Blackhawks this season, and so could Pius Suter if he does live up to the hype. But there are other options should Chicago shake things up throughout the season.

Players like Matthew Highmore, Brandon Hagel, Philipp Kurashev, Tim Soderlund, and Brandon Pirri are knocking at the door to be NHLers, especially with how weak the team is this season. So, Chicago could rotate some different players in the top six throughout the year to see who fits.

One player I hope has a great season is Lucas Wallmark. Wallmark is only 25 years old, and while he hasn’t had a breakout offensive season yet, he is reliable in the faceoff dot holding a 50.9 faceoff percentage over the course of his career.

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