What are the Hawks most glaring flaws

Created by: Stan_Bowman
Initial Creation Date: Nov 3, 2019
Published: Nov 3, 2019 at 3:31
Team: 2019-20 Chicago Blackhawks
Legend
Lefthanded
Original Team
Righthanded
Position
No Move/Trade Clause
Expiry Status
Term Remaining
Edmonton Oilers
McDavid, Connor
$12,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 5
Team Explanation
I'm a Blackhawks fan, obviously... but usually I can diagnose what problem the team has, and what players they need to get rid of, or the type of player they need to aquire to be better. However with this team its different... I was sold hard on this team being decent, and obviously they arent. Now I look at this team, and although I know our Forwards are a big problem I cant think of any move that would make a meaningful difference, hold for proper line combos.

so please, someone tell me where this team is going wrong, because it seems to be good enough to do SOMETHING on paper, but they fail they eye test miserably.

Players who are playing Bad: This is the group of players that are not playing at the level that they should be. This includes point scorers not scoring, play driving players not driving play (say that three times fast), and role players that are not bringing anything meaningful to the lineup.

Players Playing Okay: Players who aren't exactly a problem, but are not playing as well as they can, or should.

Players playing Good: These are the players that I assess as playing well on this terrible team. Note that the Goalies are included in this column, they are just below the border between right wingers and goalies.


Looking at my list I see a lot of out top guys are still not producing, Debrincat has been brutal, and Toews and Kane are not producing enough.
Free Agent Signings
CREATEDYEARSCAP HIT
Players that are playing, Bad1$925,000
Players that are playing, Okay1$925,000
Players that are playing, Good1$925,000
Terrible, Coach1$925,000
Clown Car, Jeremy Colition1$925,000
Retained Salary Transactions
  • Robin Lehner: $2,500,000 (50%)
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2020
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
2021
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
MTL
2022
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
CHI
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
27$81,500,000$80,626,794$0$6,707,500$873,206
Left WingCenterRight Wing
Players that are playing, Bad
$925,000
Players that are playing, Okay
$925,000
Players that are playing, Good
$925,000
CHI
Toews, Jonathan
$10,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 4
CHI
Kubalik, Dominik
$925,000
LW
RFA - 1
CHI
Dach, Kirby
$925,000
C, RW
RFA - 3
CHI
Kane, Patrick
$10,500,000
RW
NMC
UFA - 4
CHI
Kämpf, David
$1,000,000
C, RW
RFA - 2
CHI
Nylander, Alexander
$863,333
RW, LW
RFA - 2
CHI
DeBrincat, Alex
$778,333
LW, RW
RFA - 1
CHI
Keith, Duncan
$5,538,462
LD
NMC
UFA - 4
CHI
Saad, Brandon
$6,000,000
RW, LW
UFA - 2
CHI
Gustafsson, Erik
$1,200,000
LD/RD
UFA - 1
CHI
De Haan, Calvin
$4,550,000
LD/RD
UFA - 3
CHI
Carpenter, Ryan
$1,000,000
RW, C
UFA - 3
CHI
Shaw, Andrew
$3,900,000
C, RW
UFA - 3
CHI
Gilbert, Dennis
$925,000
LD
RFA - 2
CHI
Smith, Zack
$3,250,000
LW, C
NTC
UFA - 2
CHI
Koekkoek, Slater
$925,000
LD/RD
RFA - 1
CHI
Määttä, Olli
$4,083,333
LD
UFA - 3
CHI
Caggiula, Drake
$1,500,000
LW, RW
RFA - 1
CHI
Seabrook, Brent
$6,875,000
RD
NMC
UFA - 5
CHI
Strome, Dylan
$863,333
C
RFA - 1
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
Terrible, Coach
$925,000
CHI
Crawford, Corey
$6,000,000
G
NMC NTC
UFA - 1
Clown Car, Jeremy Colition
$925,000
CHI
Lehner, Robin
$1,400,000
G
UFA - 1
ScratchesInjured Reserve (IR)Long Term IR (LTIR)
CHI
Murphy, Connor
$3,850,000
RD
UFA - 3

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Top Comments

Nov 3, 2019 at 3:32
#1
Marner Stan Account
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Kane has been amazing this season.
Nov 3, 2019 at 3:37
#2
Chicago
Joined: Jun 2015
Posts: 4,569
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I think your experiment here sums it up pretty well. There's no "Good" defenseman on this team. Gustafsson's regression has caused this team to have the same start as last season. If Gustafsson can pick his play back up this team will be fine as every team needs a defenseman that acts as a 4th forward. Murphy is a good shut down guy, De Haan and Maatta are still getting acclimated, and I think the lack of offense is because Colliton fails to stick with what works. Meaning, Strome is suddenly a winger, Dach is on line 4 with plugs, Kubalik finally gets put on a good PP unit and he scores (shocker! A good player needs to play with good players?!). It's simple, give the best players the most ice time.
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Nov 3, 2019 at 3:55
#3
Hawks and Isles Fan
Joined: May 2018
Posts: 2,825
Likes: 1,149
I don't know if the analytics support this, but for me it's their breakouts. They're slow, lazy and predictable. As a result, they always seemed penned in their own zone and never get quality offensive chances. Again, I don't know if the numbers back that up, but those are my observations. Their CF% is terrible, so they're obviously getting outshot and outchanced, so I imagine they're below average defensemen also have a hard time getting the puck out
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Nov 3, 2019 at 7:17
#4
Joined: Feb 2019
Posts: 122
Likes: 28
Ive seen parts of every games this years and it almost looks like the coaching staff has a different strategy for every game. The only way I can describe it is like a football team where they adjust their game plan based on the team they are playing. Ive noticed different break outs, in the Nashville game all the wingers were trying the one touch tip breakout.

I dont know if anyone else has noticed this, it could be that they are struggling to learn the new system or its Collitons theory that he can have different playing styles based on their opponent, which may suggest why the lines are flopping every game.

I have no real proof to this theory besides watching the forwards look lost in their own end every game.
Nov 3, 2019 at 8:58
#5
Joined: Jun 2019
Posts: 1,376
Likes: 478
Quoting: ForsbergForVezina
I don't know if the analytics support this, but for me it's their breakouts. They're slow, lazy and predictable. As a result, they always seemed penned in their own zone and never get quality offensive chances. Again, I don't know if the numbers back that up, but those are my observations. Their CF% is terrible, so they're obviously getting outshot and outchanced, so I imagine they're below average defensemen also have a hard time getting the puck out


Ahhhh. Finally, someone is addressing the biggest problem, at least in my opinion. The defense can block as many shots as they want, but if they can’t skate or pass, how the hell is the breakout suppose to work?
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