3 areas the Chicago Blackhawks must address in the offseason

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Chicago Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson wants to raise the standards next season. He has the salary cap space and the draft picks to do that this offseason.

It should take this year's draft class and then maybe a season or two for the talented prospects the team has in total to develop and help the franchise contend toward a Stanley Cup.

That still does not mean the Hawks should not start competing for the playoffs next year. Playoff hockey has been rare these days in Chicago.

Davidson needs to address these three areas on the team to make sure the team can meet these new standards...

Talent worthy of being on the first and second line.

The Hawks must add more talent around Connor Bedard on the top line. Philipp Kurashev and Bedard established some great chemistry, but the third guy on the first line was a revolving door between Nick Foligno, Jason Dickinson, and a host of others.

Taylor Hall will be back next season after missing most of this season with a knee injury. Still, the Hawks ended the season with Nick Foligno, Frank Nazar, and Joey Anderson on the second line. Nazar has the potential to be a mainstay as one of the centers on the top lines. He also might get some time in Rockford to adjust his game to the professional level.

Joey Anderson's game is better suited to the lower lines. Foligno is still productive and willing to go to the net, but his peak days are behind him. He was at his best on the third line. Dickinson was outstanding on offense this season, but his game centering the third line might be the most effective use of his game.

Davidson could give Nazar a shot to center the second line and see if Lukas Reichel can still be a top playmaking forward. If he wants to raise the standard, he needs to add some additional help to an offense that was one of the worst in the NHL.