Lucas Wallmark – $950,000 RFA
Lucas Wallmark has not really shown what he is made of with the Blackhawks. I do not think it will be that hard for the team to re-sign him this offseason should they choose to. Wallmark has just three assists in 12 games so far this season.
Re-signing Wallmark should not be a top priority for the Hawks. Instead, they should focus on other players on this list first before turning to Wallmark. Considering Chicago has Toews, Dach, Strome, Kampf, and Suter, keeping another center like Wallmark around might not make sense.
Pius Suter – $925,000 RFA
Pius Suter is playing with Alex Debrincat and Patrick Kane. He might not be the best center this team has ever seen, but he is proving to be the right-center for Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane. When Kirby Dach gets back, things might change though.
Suter has eight goals and 13 points through 26 games this season. Those numbers are good, but once Suter is moved off of the same line as Kane and DeBrincat, what will become of him?
I am sure Suter has a future with the Hawks. He is a talented forward that has offensive capabilities similar to Dominik Kubalik. Heading into the offseason, I think Chicago should be cautious when it comes to offering Suter a contract.
Rather than giving Suter a long-term deal, Chicago should opt for a one-year deal to see what Suter can do with the team away from DeBrincat and Kane. If Suter is the real deal and worth the money, then they need to wait and see what he does away from the team’s top wingers.