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All the players that just played their first game with the Blackhawks

By Jimmy Lynch
Pius Suter #24, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Pius Suter #24, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Blackhawks team looked a little different thanks to the addition of several players this offseason.

Every season Chicago Blackhawks fans have seen some additions in the locker room. The changes have always been minimal year to year, with a few players filling out the bottom six usually. However, this season, the roster has seen a lot of changes.

When Stan Bowman and company came out during the offseason and called for a rebuild, it seemed like Chicago would be going with a lot of younger players this season. However, some of the additions this season were not that young in fact.

With players like Jonathan Toews and Corey Crawford not playing with the team this season, there are undoubtedly many changes in this organization. Hopefully, the additions from this offseason will be significant parts of the organization for years to come.

Let’s go over the players who just played their first game every with the Chicago Blackhawks to refresh everyone’s minds.

First game with the Blackhawks:

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Mattias Janmark

Lucas Wallmark

Nikita Zadorov

Malcolm Subban

First game in the NHL:

Pius Suter

Ian Mitchell

Everyone one of these players showed some strengths and weaknesses to their game to start the season. Mitchell looked promising at times but also made costly mistakes with turnovers and missed assignments. Even Nikita Zadorov looked a little rusty in game one.

For the second game of the season tonight, hopefully, these additions will play a more significant part for the team. Janmark and Zadorov need to be physical for this team, and the defensive play of the entire roster needs to be better.

While Malcolm Subban might not seem like a player that just started in his first game with the franchise, this technically is his first start. Subban got in one game last season for only a few minutes, not even facing a shot during that time. Subban also played during an exhibition game against the Blues in the bubble, but that was just an exhibition game.

More additions to come:

The taxi squad could give Blackhawks fans the first opportunity to see players like Kevin Lankinen and Wyatt Kalynuk in the NHL as well both of these players could have promising players with this team.

Carl Soderberg also should be playing his first game with the Chicago Blackhawks soon. Soderberg missed the start of the ‘Hawks season due to visa issues, but now he is getting ready to go to Chicago.

The Blackhawks roster looks somewhat different in 2021. Hopefully, all the new player numbers and names won’t take too long for fans to get used to and remember.

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