2010-11 Preview: Chicago Blackhawks
2010-11 Prediction 4th Western Conference
The Blackhawks finished the 2009-10 season in 2nd place in the Western Conference with a 52-22-8 record and 112 points. They were also crowned the Stanley Cup Champions by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in six games. It will be quite difficult for the Hawks to repeat as Cup Champions this season after being forced to move a lot of players to get their payroll under the Salary Cap. GM Stan Bowman had to trade away or release 7 players during the off-season which included Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Ben Eager, John Madden, Andrew Ladd, Brent Sopel and Goalie Antti Niemi. Bowman was able to sign veteran goaltender Marty Turco. Captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will once again be among the top scorers in the NHL and will help guide the Hawks back to the Playoffs this season but they will have trouble going far in the Playoffs with their lack of bench depth.
Player to Watch: F Jack Skille