The Blackhawks are lucky to have added Marc-Andre Fleury this offseason.
While there was debate as to whether or not Fleury was going to play in Chicago, that all has been sorted out and he will come to Chicago for the season. He still has a lot of good hockey ahead of him, and now it is in Chicago.
The Blackhawks added to their blueline and added talent offensively with guys like Tyler Johnson and Henrik Borgstrom. None of that matters if Fleury cannot be the Vezina Trophy-winning goalie again this season. I am not saying he needs to win this award, rather he needs to play at a high level for as many games as possible this season.
Two years ago he played in 49 games, and last year he played in 36. There is no doubt that he can lead the charge for over 50 games this season in Chicago. Even when he is off the ice the team is still in good hands.
Kevin Lankinen will probably be the next full-time starter in Chicago. The Hawks went from having an unproven goalie tandem with little upside to now having one of, if not the best, in the division. Fleury is a veteran who still has a lot of great hockey ahead of him, and Lankinen is now the new up-and-coming goalie after earning the net last season. Now he is only better thanks to the addition of a future hall of fame member who can help mentor him.
Fleury coming to Chicago is definitely something to get excited about. Fans probably won’t see him too much in the preseason, but come October 13th there is no doubt he will be the starting in the net for the Blackhawks!
Take a look at Fleury in the Chicago uniform:
This is going to be a fun year ahead. I cannot wait to see what the Blackhawks and Fleury can do. together this year. If the team succeeds he succeeds and will continue to add to his legacy. The season will be here before you know it.