The Chicago Blackhawks have made some changes in the past few days.
To start, the team placed Adam Gaudette on waivers and lost him to the Ottawa Senators, a decision the Chicago Blackhawks might regret down the line. Then they called up Josiah Slavin and assigned Philipp Kurashev to the Rockford IceHogs.
Kurashev definitely is in need of a reset after not doing a lot during the first 20 games of the season. Giving him some time in Rockford might be a blessing for the young forward, that probably could be true for a lot of players on this team that are not off to the best start.
The Hawks also have been shuffling up the lines to spark the offense, however last game the constructed lineup was not up to a lot getting shut out by the San Jose Sharks. Things are in need of a change in Chicago and Derek King has been doing his best. His current line construction is another last-ditch effort to get Dylan Strome involved.
At practice on Tuesday Strome was on the second line with Alex DeBrincat and Kirby Dach. Personally, I think this is a nice opportunity for the forward who has not been able to get it done with the Hawks this season.
This is what Derek King had to say about the decision to put Strome back in the lineup in the top six:
"“There’s no point to us putting him back in the lineup in a fourth-line checking role. That’s not him. He’s a skilled guy.”"
Strome is one of the more interesting stories with the Hawks right now. He doesn’t have a lot of trade value, but he is one of the team’s more promising young players that they could move if he gets hot right now.
The fact that he wasn’t able to crack the lineup last season on the team the Hawks had and he is still struggling to stay in the lineup might say a lot about the potential market for him in a trade.
One final bit of news on the day for this article is the fact that the Blackhawk Up Podcast is back! It has been a while since we have recorded but we are back and should have more content for you within the next few days!
You can check out episode 11 directly on the site with the player above, or you can find it wherever you listen to your podcasts. The Hawks’ next game is on Thursday against the Washington Capitals.