THE DEFENSIVE LIABILITY PERSPECTIVE
Last year Chicago finished last by a mile in the Central division with a goal differential of -27 and the only highlight a beer league goalie shutting out the Jets. The main issue is father time has finally caught up to the Blackhawks defense core with Brent Seabook and Duncan Keith having one of the worst statistical years in 9+ years. Keith didn't even score his first goal until February while finishing a solid -29! Chicago management has started drafting defense early over the last serveral years that will hope to fill in this void.
Adam Boqvist, Henri Jokiharju and Blake Hillman will look to kickstart the youth movement on the back with scoring and speed. Adam Boqvist was at one point 3-4th overall pick in the 2018 draft for a lot of analyst projection who is similar to Dahlin but obviously not as good. Jokiharju looks to be heading in the right direction finishing in the WHL 71 points over 63 games, Jokiharju will need to make sure his defensive game will remain tight and have a solid training camp. Hillman has a chance to crack the roster but will have to really complete hard for that spot.
Chicago has been a consistent team since Toews and Kane came together losing lots of great talent along the way due to cap issues. Let me know your thoughts! Can Chicago compete for a playoff spot? Has the Blackhawks time came and went? Does Chicago need to focus more on their backend or is there other issues?