As the NHL trade deadline approaches quickly, it is important to know where all of your division rivals stand. As Editor of Bleedin’ Blue, I reached out to the editors of our fellow Fansided NHL networks within the Central Division to get their input on where their teams stand. Second in our installment is the Chicago Blackhawks thanks to Keith Schultz at Blackhawk Up.
Just over half way through the season, the Chicago Blackhawks are leading the Central Division standings in a dominant way. There have been reports that the Hawks are looking to add depth at Center, do you think the team is likely to make a move?
The Hawks have been rumored for two seasons to be ready to trade for a top end center but that doesn’t fit with GM Stan Bowman’s plans of building a organization. Don’t expect a major move.
What, if any, holes do you see in their roster that need to be filled at the trade deadline?
Centers that can win face offs not named Toews, and consistency on the power play.
Who on the Hawks roster would you be willing to part with? Has anyone worn out their welcome?
Daniel Carcillo- he’s been tame since returning from injury but he’s a hazard to everyone on the ice including himself.
Who are the untouchables on the Blackhawks roster in your point-of-view?
The Hawks have been especially great this season; do you think that they can sustain this level of play throughout the year and into the playoffs?
Can they sustain this for the regular season… no! They have set themselves up for a high seed in the playoffs and home ice advantage.
How far do you think the Blackhawks can make it this season? Will they be raising the cup again this June?
If Corey Crawford and or Ray Emery are able to bring this high quality goal-tending to the playoffs a Stanley cup is in their grasp. They still would need to have the core stay healthy including Marian Hossa.
As a Blackhawks fan, what is your impression of this year’s St. Louis Blues?
Good goalies, tight system that if they get a lead can win a lot of games, but they can struggle to score goals. If they get behind and have to break from the system have a hard time coming back. They are not fun to play against or watch.
Next season will be a much different story than this shortened year; who, if any, of the Blackhawks prospects could make the team next season? Are there any names we should know?
I want to thank Keith for his time and information for this segment and welcome everyone to check out his work over at Blackhawk Up. Also check out the piece on the Red Wings for more information and stayed tuned for tomorrow’s post on the Nashville Predators.
LET’S GO BLUES!