Blackhawks: Staff Reaction To Our Preseason Predictions

Kevin Lankinen #32, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Team record – 24 – 25 – 7

Seth Stauffer:

A paltry 24-25-7. Yeah… As mediocre as that is, it is far better than the 12-25-19 I had predicted. My assumption before the season started was that Chicago was primed to lose most of their games but still have enough talent to force overtime.

I never would have guessed that at any point they would be in contention for a spot in the playoffs. That successful stretch was a very pleasant surprise, and I’m happy to be wrong. It was fun seeing the young team push back against some of the best talents in the NHL, even if the season ultimately ended with a “thud”.

Justin Klawans: 

Back at the beginning of the season, I predicted the Blackhawks’ record to be 22-29-5. They ended up going 24-25-7. Not a great record by any means, but at least the team has nowhere to go but up.

Jimmy Lynch: 

I went with 22-27-7 so I mean the Blackhawks beat my expectations by two games.

Jake Wheeler: 

I had the Blackhawks finishing 20-31-5. I knew they would not contend this season with just having announced a rebuild, and with some key injuries but to my surprise, the team played a lot better than expected. The kids who played this season did a really good job, with some of them contributing a decent amount. If the Blackhawks are able to get some key guys back from injury, while making a trade/signing or two, look for this team to take another step forward.