4. Who is the odd one out of the lineup?
The Blackhawks have a number of NHL-ready players in their lineup now. Guys like Kurashev, Carpenter, Johnson, Strome, Hagel, Borgstrom, Reichel, Connolly, Gaudette, and Khaira are all going to be vying for spots in the bottom six.
The Blackhawks might have a few too many NHL-ready forwards on their roster. And they definitely are going to have to start a few of these guys in the AHL. Who ends up getting a spot on the opening night roster and who ends up elsewhere will be interesting to see.
The Hawks have a lot of talented players in my mind, but they only have so many roster spots. This team might be better off trading some players for younger guys that can fill into the lineup in a few seasons. Their defense has a lot of young talent that will not all get on the ice and their offense has a lot of players who can run anywhere in the lineup.
Who gets a spot and who is on the outside looking in will be interesting to watch this upcoming month.