4. Signing Ryan Carpenter to a three year one million dollar contract in July 2019
Ryan Carpenter has been a very hard-working player since joining the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2019 offseason.
After years of the Blackhawks struggling, Carpenter took a chance on going to Chicago after having a bad few seasons in San Jose. The deal has worked well for both sides. Carpenter has done an excellent job on the fourth line playing a shutdown role, and Chicago is getting some depth to fill out their lineup.
I hope at the conclusion of his contract; the ‘Hawks choose to re-sign Carpenter during the offseason of 2022.
5. Bringing in Pius Suter and Dominik Kubalik
The Blackhawks overseas scouting has been magnificent the past few years. From Artemi Panarin to Dominik Kubalik, the ‘Hawks are proving that finding capable wingers to fill out their lineup is not a challenge. Even Pius Suter fits into this group very nicely.
It is not like other teams did not know about Panarin or Kubalilk when trying to find NHL talent. A lot of other teams also scouted these guys, but Bowman was the one who did an excellent job getting them to come to Chicago and excel within the system of play here.
Bowman’s only issue with these types of assets is getting them to stick around for the long-term picture. Hopefully, Suter and Kubailk will be members of the ‘Hawks organization for a long time to come.