As the Hawks news calmed down a bit, as did my writing. I took a little break as we truly are in the dog days of summer with very little going on in Blackhawks-land other than the Kirby Dach tour continuing in the WJSS. There is one outstanding item on Stan’s list however – Brendan Perlini. Let's look at why he isn't signed.
There shouldn't be a Hawks fan out there that should be wishing Stan Bowman did "more" this summer. Because the reality is Chicago was one of the most active teams this offseason – if not the busiest – as the Hawks will look a lot different this year vs. last season. Now that the dust has settled a bit, I wanted to take the time to rank the top 5 moves that Stan and the Blackhawks made this summer.
Most of the fun is over. We've watched the Hawks take Kirby Dach at the 2019 Entry Draft, Sign Lehner and Carpenter on July 1st and host some promising prospects at Developmental Camp. What's left? Let's take a look at some key dates/events as the Blackhawks organization finishes up their offseason and pack their bags for Europe in October to kick off the regular season.
From everything we've heard this offseason from Stan Bowman and Jeremy Colliton, it looks like the Hawks have 4 of their top 6 figured out. Toews and Kane will start the season together; as will Strome and DeBrincat. Who else figures in the top 6?
With yesterday's announcement of Philip Holm signing with the Blackhawks adds to the plethora of defencemen in the organization. Holm is a 27-year-old left-handed defenceman. He's not amazingly gifted offensively, nor is he outstanding with his defensive play. He appears to be an average bottom pairing guy for the Hawks to stash in Rockford. So, another D added… hmmmm. The Hawks are going to have a lot of options in Chicago and Rockford, with spillover into the Indy Fuel.
There have been some solid discussions happening the message board coming out of my last article where I looked at how crowded the Blackhawks defence is getting. To recap, CHI currently has 15 D on NHL contracts. How does it all shake out?
Time to jump back into the prediction machine to take a stab how many goals the Blackhawks will score next year. Like last year, I will be breaking it down from the defence position, followed by my guestimates at forward.
We've looked at the defence for Chicago. They scored 40 goals last year and I predicted that they score the exact same amount next year. Overall, the Blackhawks scored 267 goals as a team. That means 14.9% of tallies came from the backend with 85.1% coming from the forwards. Let's have some fun with predictions for 2019-20.