`The Chicago Blackhawks added some nice playoff experience to their roster this offseason.
Last season the Blackhawks leadership group was down to just Patrick Kane at one point. Without Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook the amount of experience and leadership in the room was lacking, now Stan Bowman addressed that.
Having players that have won the Stanley Cup before is not everything. Obviously, teams have great leaders in the room that haven’t won before and that is alright, but the guys that have been to the top of the mountain and know how to get there bring something to the table.
Now Chicago has five different players with a combined 11 championships to their name, let’s dive in on the list:
Brett Connolly – 2018 Washington
Connolly was added last season in a deal that also gave the Hawks Riley Stillman and Henrik Borgstrom. While Connolly does have a large-cap hit that might end up being in the AHL next season, he does have a Stanley Cup to his name with the Washington Capitals a team that everyone thought couldn’t win.
Jonathan Toews – 2010, 2013, 2015 Chicago
What is there to say about Jonathan Toews that has not been said before? He is a three-time Stanley Cup champion all with Chicago that led his team to victory for three cups in six seasons. Toews hopefully being back this season will be a big addition to the Hawks roster.
Patrick Kane – 2010, 2013, 2015 Chicago
Patrick Kane is the face of the Blackhawks franchise. He has been for the past handful of seasons where he has continued to put up elite points despite being on an average roster. This season should be different for Kane as the group around him is better than ever.
Marc-Andre Fleury – 2009, 2016, 2017 Pittsburgh
Newly acquired goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has won three championships with the Pittsburgh Penguins. His presence on the roster is going to be a great addition, especially if he can put up another Vezina caliber season again. The Hawks are lucky to have Fleury and his experience will be the backbone of the defense.
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Tyler Johnson – 2020, 2021 Tampa Bay
Tyler Johnson came to the Blackhawks in a salary cap dump for the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he is not just a salary cap dump for the Blackhawks. Johnson is a great addition to the Hawks’ bottom-six depth in the organization. He can still play in the top six if need be as he is a very talented player, but for the Hawks, his experience and versatility will be a great addition to the third line. With Johnson around the Hawks have a better chance of finally rolling three or four lines again.