Blackhawks: Toews season preview, Kane must sign up for rebuilding

The 2022-23 NHL season begins October 7. With training camps opening soon, NHL.com takes a look at the three keys, the inside scoop on roster questions, and the predicted lineup for each of the 32 teams. Today, the Chicago Blackhawks.

Fitness Trainer: Luke Richardson (season 1)

Last season: 28-42-12, seventh in the Central Division; Did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs

3 keys

1. Tows, leadership is needed more than ever

center Jonathan Toews forward Patrick King The Blackhawks remain the only teams to win the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015 and the Blackhawks will need them to help a young group find a foothold. How Toews and Kane approach rebuilding as it continues this season will be critical; Each is in the final season of an eight-year contract signed on July 9, 2014.

2. Richardson effect

Richardson has his job cut short to rebuild Chicago while embarking on his first coaching job in the NHL. But Richardson, an assistant to the Montreal Canadiens for the past four seasons, has earned respect from those who have played with him. includes forward Max Domywho said he was determined to sign with the Black Hawks as soon as he learned Richardson would be coach.

3. Murzuq health

Goalkeeper Peter Marazek Coming out of his toughest season, when a thigh injury cost him all but 20 games (12-6-0, 3.34 goals-to-average, 888 save percentages) for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He’s determined to have a full, healthy season and take on the bulk of the workload. with backup Alex Stalock Playing one NHL game last season (with San Jose Sharks) the Blackhawks will need Mrazek at his best.

Roster Rondon

making the cut

There are slots in all four front lines then Alex DeBrinkat (Ottawa Senators) and Kirby roof (Canadians) traded and free agents Dylan Strom (Washington Capitals) and Dominic Cuban Leave the Detroit Red Wings. This could be an opportunity for attackers like Philip KurashevAnd the Mackenzie Entwistle And the Sam Lafferty To fill full-time positions in the squad. Domi (one year old), Andreas Athanasio (one year) and Colin Blackwell (2 years) Each signed on July 13th and is likely to be part of the top nine. defenseman Jack Johnsonwho won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche before agreeing to a one-year contract with the Black Hawks on August 17, could enter the top four.

The most interesting addition

Although he signed a one-year contract, Domy said on July 28 that he would like to stay in Chicago “for a very long time”. It’s understandable, considering the 27-year-old has played for four teams in seven seasons of the NHL. He played the past two seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes in a three-team deal involving the Florida Panthers on March 21. Domy will seek to increase his production after he finished the season with 39 points (11 goals, 28 assists). ) in 72 games with Columbus and Carolina last season.

The biggest possible surprise

General Manager Kyle Davidson has identified Mrazek and Stalock as goalkeeper No. 1 and 2, but don’t rule out Arvid Soderblum Get some time to play. The 23-year-old was a 21-15-2 with a 2.76 GAA and .919 savings and two in 38 regular-season games with the Rockford of the NHL, and 2-3-0 with a 2.99 GAA. 925 saving percentage and closing one during Calder Cup playoffs. He played in three games (2 games) with the Black Hawks last season, going 0-2-0 with 5.01 GAA and 863 saves.

ready to hack

Is it time to Luke Rachel For his big chance with the Black Hawks? The 20-year-old striker led Rockford with 57 points (21 goals and 36 assists) in 56 games and provided one assist in 11 games with the Blackhawks last season. Sure, it would be tough to cast him on the rebuilding team, but that would be Chicago’s status for a few seasons. He should trust his production in the AHL and can earn more chance with a solid showing in training camp.

sleeping fantasy

Taylor RadishLW/RW (unpolished on average in fiction) – He had 10 points (six goals, four assists), including three power-playing goals, in 21 games for the Blackhawks last season after the rookie was acquired in a deal with Tampa Bay Lightning on March 18. – The must-have Radar player in the top six under Richardson after DeBrincat and Dach deals. – Pete Jensen

Expected line

Lucas Rachel – Jonathan Toze – Patrick Keene

Andreas Athanasio – Max Domy – Tyler Johnson

Philip Kurashev – Mackenzie Entwistle – Colin Blackwell

Sam Lafferty – good essence – Taylor Radish

Jack Johnson — Seth Jones

Riley StillmanConor Murphy

Alex VlasicCaleb Jones

Peter Marazek

Alex Stalock

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