The Chicago Blackhawks are trying to figure out the power play during training camp and on Monday they gave their first look at what the unit might look like.
The Chicago Blackhawks have always had an interesting power play, to say the least. During the last handful of years, at times it was the best thing to watch from the team. However, it would always go through ups and downs time and time again.
The Blackhawks need to have a lethal power play this season. As a team trying to push for the playoffs and potentially surprise some people this season the ability to score on the power play is important.
Last year the team’s power-play had a percentage of 21.71, which is pretty good, actually above the league average of 19.78% but next year needs to be even better. The Hawks’ power play being able to score them easy goals can help secure leads and get or keep momentum in a game.
Here is who they were running with at training camp:
Personally, I do not hate this group. I think the idea of having DeBrincat and Kane on their respective wings looking to set eachother up is great, plus with Johnson in the middle and Toews down low, this group has skill throughout. With Jones up top serving as the quarterback Chicago could score from any area of the ice.
This powerplay unit can be very entertaining, but as the year begins and the Hawks slowly try to bring Toews back into the fold they might be better off having him not play on PP1. Let Johnson take the faceoffs and sub in someone like Kirby Dach to see what he can do down low.
Dach is a bigger player and can be physical. Plus it will allow him to build some chemistry with Kane and DeBrincat which could then become a 5 on 5 lines this season. As the Hawks work Toews up to speed after missing an entire season it might make sense to limit his power-play time to begin the year, but time will tell.
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Either way, this power play is lethal. Some of the best players on the team are out there setting eachother up there is no doubt they can get above the 21.71 percent this season. Playing new opponents every night instead of just the division should increase the goals as new opponents won’t be as used to these players as often.