5. The division is taking shape
The Central Division is not formed after just some ten games, but it does start to paint a picture of how this season could go. For teams like the St. Louis Blues, the picture is looking good. St. Louis leads the division with a record of 6-1-0, behind them are the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild with ten points. Then behind that would finally fall the Colorado Avalanche who have not been off to the best start despite the hype in the preseason.
The Blackhawks are the second-worst team in the Central Division behind only the Arizona Coyotes, and the saddest part is they are the only team to have played ten games so far, most have only played eight.
6. Offseason moves are looking less and less good
On paper, I still like the moves from the Blackhawks this offseason. However, when watching the product on the ice and the direction of the team, it just seems like the team made a mistake letting Stan Bowman make the calls.
With Bowman out as GM and the team now searching for permanent solutions for the president of hockey operations and general manager spots, the big moves of the offseason are going to be questioned more and more as someone else inherits those contracts and players.
With the exception of Fleury, the moves of the Blackhawks offseason will be with the team for more than a few years. So this offseason still has some time to play out before it will be viewed as either good or bad.