The Chicago Blackhawks lost star players and role players alike in the off-season, but in loss, also comes gain. The Hawks have received assets, Artem Anisimov, Artemi Panarin, and Trevor Daley. Along with these headlines, the Hawks also received several draft picks and prospects. With these new players emerging, and the Hawks reputation as winners in question, we can only ponder what they can achieve this season.
It is very possible that the Hawks can win another cup, and I can almost guarantee a deep playoff run. If you break it down we lost scorers Patrick Sharp, Brandon Saad. Artemi Panarin is living up to a lot of hype in the windy city and so far he has proven he can fill the shoes of Brandon Saad with his highlight reel worthy play. As for Patrick Sharp, we have Artem Anisimov who is filling in a scoring role in the Hawks offense that makes up for Sharp. In addition, to honest, and in my own opinion, Anisimov is contributing more than Sharp could this season for the Hawks club.
Johnny Oduya is another player that will be missed in the United Center. Oduya played a pivotal role in the Hawks premier defense. Johnny is known for his instincts and experience, something that veteran Trevor Daley also has on his calling card. Daley played with the Stars for 9 years, and a majority of that time as an alternate captain for the club. Daley brings leadership, experience, and scoring prowess to the Hawks as he is coming off a career high in goals and assists last season. Another pro for D-Man Trevor Daley is that he doesn’t spend much time in the penalty box which is an overlooked statistic because usually the more disciplined team wins the game.
When you factor in the gains and losses for the Hawks, it is clear to see that we planned out our moves very well. Immediately filling gaps that we created, and filling these gaps doesn’t change our chances for the cup any. Call me crazy for saying this, call me bold, but the Chicago Blackhawks will hoist the cup in 2016. The Blackhawks may have new players, new faces, missing faces, or heavy expectations…. Something to keep in mind Chicago… Old habits die hard.