2 Imaging where the team could have been:
Yeah, they would not have had any salary cap room, but just imagine where this team could be if Nylander, Toews, Seabrook, and Dach were not all out with injuries. This roster would be a lot deeper with all of those players in the lineup.
The Blackhawks are a good team, their top six is playing great, and the rookies have really stepped up. However this roster is missing pieces, and I think that is why we will not see Stan Bowman make any monster moves at the deadline this coming April. However the good news is next season will hopefully see Toews Nylander and Dach get back into the lineup.
Here is what the forward lineup could have looked like if everyone was healthy in Chicago and playing this season.
Dominik Kubalik – Jonathan Toews – Brandon Hagel
Alex Debrincat – Kirby Dach – Patrick Kane
Alexander Nylander – Dylan Strome – Philipp Kurashev
Pius Suter – David Kampf – Ryan Carpenter
This is not including a lot of players on this roster. I am still missing Janmark, Soderberg, and Wallmark to name a few.
This Blackhawks lineup is a lot deeper than we all kind of first imagined. Hagel and Kubalik are playing great – and Toews would be a very good center for those two. Dach back playing like he did last offseason, but now in between DeBrincat and Kane? That line would be unstoppable.
Even the Strome third line I think is interesting. Strome has not really been at his best with the Blackhawks this season. Both he and Nylander would take that as a building step to show what type of players they are.
The fourth line is also good. I did not know where to put Suter in this lineup, he could probably switch with Kurashev on the third line, but besides that, I think there might be a few moves this offseason or earlier to maybe move a player that Chicago expects to bring back for next season.