4 Things Blackhawks Fans Have to Look Forward To

2022 NHL Draft - Round 2-7
2022 NHL Draft - Round 2-7 / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages
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1. 2023 NHL Draft

2021 NHL Draft - Round One
2021 NHL Draft - Round One / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages

In recent past seasons, the Blackhawks have had few, and mostly later picks in each draft. This draft is considered one of the strongest ones in years, the team currently has nine picks (including two picks in each of the first three rounds), and a real chance at drafting Connor Bedard first overall. These picks will be crucial in the rebuilding process and should excite fans.

2. Trade Deadline Returns

Patrick Kane, Andreas Athanasiou, Max Domi
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This team is predicted to be one of the busiest sellers this year and at this point, any shakeup is exciting. If Kane and Toews want out, there could be some interesting returns coming back. Expect many picks, prospects, and young players to be acquired. There are very few teams that have cap space, but fortunately, the Blackhawks are one of them. They should be taking advantage of this and demanding draft picks in exchange for taking on bad contracts as well as to retain players' salaries.

3. Post Trade Deadline Call-ups

Filip Roos
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After selling off players at the March 3rd trade deadline, Kyle Davidson will likely have to call up more players from Rockford. Then, towards the end of the season, move around more players in the Blackhawks' system as the NCAA season comes to an end. This will be a great chance to see some of the more recently drafted young talent get their first few NHL games played. Hopefully there are some nice surprises and the players give us a reason to look forward to next year's training camp and preseason.

4. Future Goaltending

Drew Commesso
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This team went from having Corey Crawford, Scott Darling, and Antti Raanta, to having no good goaltenders in the short span of a few seasons. This makes it nice to see a young goalie like Arvid Soderblom (23) get a call up and perform so well behind such a pitiful defense. The team also has Jaxson Stauber (23), Dylan Wells (25), and their top goaltending prospect Drew Commesso (20) as well. The organization's depth chart at goaltender is still not quite deep enough though. We could still see another player at the position picked in the upcoming draft.

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