Now, when the Blackhawks seemingly filled with last year’s biggest hole – the need for a top-four defensenman – by Brian Campbell back to Chicago, a new one appeared. Who will be Jonathan Toews’ wingers on the first line this season?
The good old days with Marian Hossa played Toews’ rights could be coming to an end. Two-way Titans can be broken for the greater good.
Hossa could start the season in a more supervisory role on the Hawks third line, where he played last postseason. 37-year-old’s defensive ability is still to regress, but his scoring touch has become a cause for concern. The culprit may be photographing share in Slovak forward, which took a jump from 14.7% in 2013 to 6.8% last season.
These kids can play
* 21 years old, 5’9, 188 pounds, from St. Clair, MI
* Counted five points in five games with the Hawks AHL affiliate Rockford IceHogs last season after putting up 56 points in 38 games at the University of Michigan
* Strong two-way player and shot-blocker
* 20, 6’0, 177 pounds, Madison, WI
* 46 points in 37 games last year in North Dakota
* Play-making forward
* Blackhawks’ first pick in the 2014 draft, 20th overall
* 22 years old 5’9, 173 pounds, from Chicago, IL
* 51 points in 66 games last year in Rockford
* No points in seven games with the Hawks last season and three playoff games
* Speed, speed and more speed – head coach Joel Quenneville and Vice President / GM Stan Bowman both praised Hinostroza convention on the team in July. Quenneville said the Blackhawks could benefit from Vinnie speed that the club lacked last season.