Frank Nazar Brings Speed and Excitement to the Chicago Blackhawks

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First game, first period, first shot, first goal, now you can't buy that type of heading when talking about the Chicago Blackhawks these days.

From the third-worst team in the NHL to the second-worst team in the NHL, the headlines have all been about "the future" over the past two years. Rightfully so too, as the Chicago fanbase has mainly concentrated on what wasn't yet on the ice instead of the actual results of today,

Frank Nazar coming in after his Michigan Wolverines were ousted in the Frozen Four grabbed a lot of said headings. The fact that the hype was matched with a breakaway goal just exemplifies the readiness for a fanbase to get behind a new era of Blackhawks hockey.

The 13th pick in the 2022 draft, Nazar was a player who was identified in his draft minutes one year as a player with speed who could use his hands to make scoring chances for others or to race ahead of defenders to create shots for himself. A point-per-game player in the NCAA as a sophomore is high production and he often showed flashes of game-breaking speed going against similarly drafted competitors.

Moreover, Oliver Moore is coming for the Blackhawks shortly. Just in the nick of time too (like Nick Lardis), as perhaps the fanbase can't wait to see some of the recent selections hit the United Center ice. Paul Ludwinski joining the IceHogs, Aiden Thompson winning the championship with Denver, and Ryan Greene having another successful season with BU are just a few of the accolades the prospect pool can claim this year.

When it comes to true excitement though, the fact that the Hawks are locked into a top 4 pick on June 28th has the city of Chicago buzzing on what the future may look like. One of Macklin Celebrini, Artyom Levshunov, Cayden Lindstrom, Sam Dickinson, Ivan Demidov, or Berkly Catton is likely to be a future Hawk. Will they have as good of a debut as Frank Nazar did? Perhaps, but either way... enforcements are on their way and on their way soon!