5. The Fleury Effect
The Blackhawks ran with Kevin Lankinen, Malcolm Subban, and Collin Delia in 2020-21. Now they have a proven elite goaltender on their hands in Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury is coming to Chicago with a chip on his shoulder after being traded from Vegas in a surprising move for basically nothing.
The reigning Vezina Trophy winner will be looking to prove that last season was not a fluke for him successfully, and the best way for him to prove that would be to win with this group in Chicago.
The Blackhawks have a good defense to support Fleury and hopefully now one of their biggest weaknesses in the past can now be their biggest strength. How the team responds to Fleury will be a storyline to watch this season as different guys will have a little more intensity on the ice with a hall of fame goalie now backstopping the team.