The Stanley Cup Playoffs are filled with former Blackhawks to cheer on right now.
The playoffs started last night with Washington and Boston facing off. While I think we all are missing Blackhawks hockey there are still plenty of former Hawks to cheer on in the postseason. Let’s talk about them all today.
Craig Anderson Michal Kempny and Trevor van Riemsdyk
Craig Anderson has not been with the Blackhawks for a long time, and neither has TVR who was lost to Vegas during the expansion draft, makes you wonder who the Hawks will lose next during the expansion draft. Anderson actually played last night with Washington after an injury in the first period. Chances are Kempny is out of the lineup for a while as he is on LTIR but you never know with playoff hockey!
New York Islanders
Nick Leddy has been a staple of the New York Islanders since being traded from the Blackhawks after the 2014 season. Leddy will be playing the Penguins a team that has no former Hawks, and a team that fans are frustrated with that they are still good. How is Crosby still in the playoffs?
Dominik Kahun and Slater Koekkoek
Two Blackhawks legends on one Oilers team, wow. Personally, this is one of the more interesting teams to me because I am now serving as the site expert at Oil on Whyte as well as Blackhawk Up. (Sorry for the personal plug) Kahun is another example of a great free agent signing from Chicago.
Philipp Danault, Erik Gustafsson, and Michael Frolik
Arguably the best group of former Blackhawks on one team. Frolik was always fun to watch with Chicago and I hope he can win again.
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Dennis Gilbert, Brandon Saad, and Carl Soderberg
Brandon Saad is in a good position to win another Stanley Cup with the president trophy-winning Avalanche. Of course, Blackhawks legend Soderberg also is chasing his first Stanley Cup as well.
Vegas Golden Knights
Robin Lehner and Mattias Janmark
While there is some history between the Hawks and Knights (the 2020 playoffs). I guess I will find it in me to root for the rival Knights. Vegas is such a good team and fun to watch, plus they provided the Hawks with some of the best trade deadline deals as of late.
Almost every time I watch Carolina play I get upset that Teuvo is not on the Hawks anymore. So I guess that means I am not rooting for them? But at the same time how can you not root for those bunch of jerks?
Anthony Duclair, Gustav Forsling, and Lucas Wallmark (JOEL QUENNEVILLE)
The Panthers have a nice group of former Blackhawks. Gustaf Forsling has quickly become an important part of the Panthers and I hope they go on a long run. Plus their coach used to be with the Blackhawks. I had to look it up but this Quenneville guy actually won three championships with the Hawks, how about that?
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning are going after back-to-back cups, and their roster includes Jan Rutta. Rutta did not play that much with the Blackhawks but with the Lightning, he is playing with Victor Hedman the current Conn Smythe trophy winner.
"Creating a Team of Former Chicago Blackhawks Bowman Has Traded For"
So who are you cheering on this postseason? While the Blackhawks are not in it, they do have a lot of former players participating!