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Three Reasons To Like The Chicago Blackhawks Center Situation

By Jimmy Lynch
Tyler Johnson #90, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Kirby Dach #77, Chicago Blackhawks
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2. No One Line Needs To Do Everything

The Blackhawks are in a position where no one line needs to do everything for the team. Yes, Toews will be primarily utilized in a defensive role, and the line with Johnson is going to be heavily offensively with a lot of offensive zone draws, but at the end of the day every line in the top nine is capable of playing in any situation, and there is not a drastic drop off in skill from line to line.

3. Kirby Dach Gets To Play In A Better Situation

Kirby Dach on the third line with guys like Adam Gaudette or whoever the Hawks decide to play with Dach will be playing in more favorable matchups. Kane is going to get the best defensive guys the opponent has to offer, and so will Toews. So Dach being on the third line is going to give him some more favorable matchups than if he was on a line with Patrick Kane playing 20 plus minutes a night.

Playing Dach in this position gives him the opportunity to gain some more confidence after missing a lot of time last season, and build some chemistry with some other forwards on the team. The third line is such an interesting unit in my mind because it could feature a guy like Dylan Strome who is looking to make an impact on the roster and show he belongs with this team.

Chicago has a lot of options down the middle. Outside of the big three in Johnson Toews and Dach, the team has a handful of other options like Borgstrom, Gaudette, Strome, and Carpenter should anyone get injured and the team needs to run with a different player down the middle for a few weeks.

The Blackhawks center depth has arguable never been as good as it has been right now. Even with the uncertainty revolving around Johnson and his size, Toews and his health, and Dach and his inexperience, the three centermen together can provide a really good top nine this season for a team trying to make a push for the postseason.

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