Jeremy Colliton and the Chicago Blackhawks have just five more games to figure things out heading into the off-season.
One area the Chicago Blackhawks need to look at going into the off-season is their goaltending. The team had primarily two goalies this season in Malcolm Subban and Kevin Lankinen. Both were great at times but did show their inexperience as well.
One netminder who I believed deserved another chance was Collin Delia. Delia only played in two games this season. One against the Tampa Bay Lightning and one against the Florida Panthers. In both games, he gave up five goals and was not that impressive and since then he has been riding the bench as the team’s third goalie.
These last few games are about experimenting on what the lineup should look like in the future. Delia did not have the greatest year with the Hawks, but he also did not get much of an opportunity. When all is said in done most of his games will have been against the best of the best in the division. While Subban and Lankinen got games against Detroit or Columbus, Delia only got games against Florida and Tampa Bay.
Should Delia play tomorrow night, as tonight’s starter has already been named to be Malcolm Subban, Delia will have played three games this season all against the three top teams in the division. Chances are Delia will not be in the NHL next season as Subban and Lankinen are the two clear picks to move forward with, but you have to wonder what if Delia did get another game early as Subban did?
Outside of the goaltending question, Chicago is going to also let some of their forwards run wild in the next week. The team has a lot of players that could play forward in the NHL and with some additional faces looking to join the lineup next season, some players are going to get cut or not re-signed.
Borgstrom, Reichel, and maybe even Max Shalunov might be looking to make the jump to the NHL next season. Plus throw in Jonathan Toews and Alex Nylander who should be back from injury and the lineup already is looking better. While some competition for spots might be nice, it also does create some limitations for some players in where they will fit in the lineup.
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The forward group should be better next season than it is now, but that also does mean that some players are going to be on the move during the coming months.