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Blackhawks Roster Set and Ready for the Regular Season

Brandon Saad, Hawks 2011 2nd round draft pick

Just two days before the season is set to begin for the Blackhawks against the Dallas Stars, the final roster has been set with some surprising young guys making the roster.  Brandon Saad had an impressive preseason for the hawks, and has been raved about by coach Q.  He was the Hawks second round pick of the 2011 draft, and already finds himself on the first line with Jonathan Toews and  Patrick Sharp.  That’s pretty good knowing you have two superstars on the same line with you, being able to make the transition to the NHL easier. 

Patrick Kane is making the transition to Center, after having some couple good games in the dot, Kane looks like he’ll be centering for Brunette and Hossa. You can find Kane rushing the center of the ice most of the time during the game anyways, and he’s said to be good in the face-off circle, so it might not be as bad as many people seem.

Corey Crawford finally comes in this year knowing that he will be the top goaltender and not having to worry about his job, not only does this do good for himself, but also for the Hawks.  His confidence should be very high going into the season, after having one of the best years in the NHL for goaltenders in 2010.  Ray Emery made the cut to be Craw’s backup, a good signing by the Hawks I believe, I’m really not to worried about the bad preseason he had between the pipes.

The Hawks added more character and physicality with the signings of Dan Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, Sean O’Donnell and Steve Montador.  These signings will

do the Hawks greatly this season, having good guys in the locker room, and the physical aspect of it on the ice.  Troy Brouwer, John Scott, and Bryan Bickell were mostly the only three guys last year who took that part as enforcers, which didn’t do Brouwer any good.

The last thing I want to talk about is the great improvement the Hawks have at defense this year, the one aspect I am most excited about.  It looks like Keith and Seabrook will start the year on different pairings, like they usually have the last couple of years.  Seabs should be on a line with Hjalmarsson, and Keith with Leddy.  These are two solid top defensive lines, then you add Montador, O’Donnell, Lepisto, and Scott, Coach Q has 4 extra guys to tinker with for the final D pairing.  This depth is so good, that it reminds me of the Stanley Cup season, having so many role players and characters.

This Hawk team I think will surprise a lot of people in the Central Division this season, and hopefully they are more hungry for the Stanley cup than ever.

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