Blackhawks: Ten storylines to watch throughout the season

By Jimmy Lynch
Alex DeBrincat #12, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Alex DeBrincat #12, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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David Kampf #64, Chicago Blackhawks
David Kampf #64, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

10. Special teams

The Hawks are without one of their best special teams players in David Kampf. Kampf was a staple on the penalty kill so this season is already going to look a little bit different on the penalty kill, but the roster does have some potential candidates to help out when shorthanded.

Having Jonathan Toews back definitely would help the Hawks on the defensive side, and so will having Kirby Dach for a full season. The next stage of Dach’s development needs to involve putting him in a bigger role on the special teams, whether that means playing him on the penalty kill or giving him a bigger role on the power play.

This season will see Chicago needing to find a new defenseman to quarterback the power play. With Keith and Boqvist both off the team, this will be the first time someone else really will be taking on that position. Who gets the nod and watching players thrive and develop their own game and talent will be fun to watch. A few seasons ago Erik Gustafsson changed the course of his career with some good times on the power play. Can someone else be like that this season?

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A little over a month away till the season begins. With so many storylines to follow this year and expectations for a potential postseason run, this definitely will be a fun season. Puck drop on October 13th cannot come soon enough!