Blackhawks

#554      
Bertuzzi and Teravainen! If you squint you can start to see a team that can contend for a playoff spot this season. Will depend on the young d men.
 
#555      

Joel Goodson

dawgville
Bertuzzi and Teravainen! If you squint you can start to see a team that can contend for a playoff spot this season. Will depend on the young d men.

the Hawks will be better, no doubt, but they'll still be bad. thinking top 5 in the tank race. don't see any chance of the playoffs
 
#556      

ChiefGritty

Chicago, IL
Weird circumstances and bad injury luck conspired to make the supporting cast around Bedard much worse than designed in Year 1, but good for Davidson in seeing the wisdom of putting real NHL skill in the forward group.

No one is helped by the team being a hopeless mess of AHL guys. Now this ship can start moving forward.
 
#557      

Joel Goodson

dawgville
something like this:

Bertuzzi-Bedard-Teravainen
Slaggert-Nazar-Kurashev
Hall-Dickinson-Foligno
Athanasiou-Donato-Mikheyev
Reichel

much improved group, great job, Davidson. but there's still a long way to go

love the Martinez signing too. need a decent vet to pair w/KK, or send him to Rockford for seasoning
 
#559      

bdutts

Houston, Texas
something like this:

Bertuzzi-Bedard-Teravainen
Slaggert-Nazar-Kurashev
Hall-Dickinson-Foligno
Athanasiou-Donato-Mikheyev
Reichel

much improved group, great job, Davidson. but there's still a long way to go

love the Martinez signing too. need a decent vet to pair w/KK, or send him to Rockford for seasoning
I'd be shocked to see KK in Rockford...
 
#560      

Joel Goodson

dawgville
I'd be shocked to see KK in Rockford...

not me. he was over his head last season. I get it: it was between playing for the Hawks or going back to Seattle. both choices kinda sucked. that he had crap partners definitely didn't help. we'll see. I don't want the Hawks to rush the kid. being a 19 yo D man in the NHL is really, really difficult
 
#562      
Where is the right defenseman? Obviously still a lot of names out there but thought that would be a priority. Is Levshunov gonna get the Korchinski treatment? Throw him in the deep end and see what happens? He certain seems more physically ready than KK was last year.
 
#563      

Joel Goodson

dawgville
on further review, I like this lineup better:

Hall - Bedard - Bertuzzi
Tevo - Nazar - Mikheyev
Reichel - Dickinson - Kurashev
Foligno - AA - Smith
Maroon/Donato

Vlasic-Jones
Korchinski-Murphy
Martinez-Kaiser

Mrzaek
new guy from Winnipeg

one last thing, they'd better leave Lev at MSU
 
#564      

bdutts

Houston, Texas
on further review, I like this lineup better:

Hall - Bedard - Bertuzzi
Tevo - Nazar - Mikheyev
Reichel - Dickinson - Kurashev
Foligno - AA - Smith
Maroon/Donato

Vlasic-Jones
Korchinski-Murphy
Martinez-Kaiser

Mrzaek
new guy from Winnipeg

one last thing, they'd better leave Lev at MSU
They also signed TJ Brodie. That’s a lot of D men. I have a feeling someone is getting moved before the start of the season.

Edit: I think Nazar starts in Rockford unless he just kills it in camp.
 
#565      
They also signed TJ Brodie. That’s a lot of D men. I have a feeling someone is getting moved before the start of the season.

Edit: I think Nazar starts in Rockford unless he just kills it in camp.
Martinez and Brodie are 36 and 34. Doubtful you get full seasons from both of them. Of course injuries happen every year regardless of age. I would guess Korchinski will have the best shot at sticking but Kaiser and the other young d men can compete for that spot. Depth and creating competition for roster spots was sorely missing last year. This team is gonna be a lot harder for the young kids to crack and that’s a good thing!
 
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