So where does the team go from here?
The Blackhawks can continue their rebuild and be successful this season. A rebuild does not need to be hand in hand with losing. While I would like to see the ‘Hawks push for the playoffs this season and win a Stanley Cup, I just do not think that is likely. However, they very well can be a competitive team in this league.
When it comes towards the trade deadline we will see where Stan Bowman’s head is at, but for now, I would imagine Chicago is not going to add any veterans at the deadline. They might not be as big of sellers as we once thought, but I do not think they are going to be buyers either.
These rookies listed above are showing signs of what they can be in the future. There is no reason to rush that future success into this season and in part fracture how good the team can be down the line.
This team is still without Jonathan Toews, Alexander Nylander, and Kirby Dach. Getting those three players back next season and another offseason to help the development of the five players above is only going to advance the play of this team. Sure, by then Kane Toews and Keith will be another year older, but by then maybe Colliton won’t have to lean so heavily on Kane and Keith when the game is on the line.
The Blackhawks are going to be a successful team again someday, and while that day might not be this season, it very well could be within the next two or three years.