Blackhawks: Ten questions that will hopefully get answered this off-season

By Jimmy Lynch
Collin Delia #60, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Duncan Keith #2, Chicago Blackhawks
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6. Will the Hawks be back in the playoffs next season?

I think this is the big question on a lot of fans’ minds. While some find watching these young players improve and seeing the team finish the year almost 500 to be a successful year, others are used to winning it all or nothing.

Do the Blackhawks have another cup run with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Duncan Keith in them? If they do, it is probably going to involve one season of losing in the first round, and that means next season is the year to make it.

The Blackhawks have come a long way, and the young rookies that showed up this season and played their hearts out showed that maybe the Hawks do have one of the better farm systems in the league. Whether or not they can make the playoffs though will be a better testimony of the team’s success.

If the Hawks are back in their old division they will be with the Predators, Stars, Jets, Avalanche, Blues, and Wild again. These teams are competitive and should provide a challenge to the Hawks. But personally, I think they should still be competitive!

7. Does Chicago enter the year with the same three goalies again?

I mean, it was great having Collin Delia step back into the net and proving he can still play in the NHL, but that did come at a cost. Now the Blackhawks are in a pretty similar position to where they were to begin the season.

All three goalies showed that they could be an NHL netminder. So what do they do from here? Do they send down Delia who had the least amount of games in the league, and then wait for Subban and Lankinen to struggle? Do they sign a new goalie and then just put two of these guys in the AHL?

Honestly, the goalie position is still one of the biggest question marks this team has. While this season was supposed to show who the next starter would be, all it did was end with all three showing they could potentially play in the league.