Hockey is finally back. With the 2021 NHL regular season beginning tonight, teams were required to submit their opening night rosters yesterday afternoon.
Here’s what things will look like for the Chicago Blackhawks to start the season:
Injuries and other absences aplenty have opened the door for a new wave of Hawks to prove themselves.
The highlight of the newcomers is highly-touted defenseman prospect Ian Mitchell. The Denver product has been paired with reliable veteran Calvin de Haan throughout training camp, and that grouping will likely stick together when the Blackhawks take on the Lightning tonight. In a season where development takes precedent over results, all eyes will be on Mitchell.
Amongst the forward corps, Pius Suter will have an opportunity to prove himself as the next flashy product of the Blackhawks European pipeline. The former Swiss League MVP will likely assume a middle-six role due to the absences of Kirby Dach, Alexander Nylander, and Carl Soderberg.
Free-agent acquisitions Mattias Janmark and Lucas Wallmark will also serve in elevated forward roles due to the aforementioned truancies. For more on what to expect from them, check out the article below.
On the goaltending front, the duo of Malcolm Subban and Collin Delia will see most of the action. The NHL requires teams to carry three goaltenders between the active roster and taxi squad due to COVID-19 protocols, so expect to see Kevin Lankinen in the mix at some point as well.
To start the year, the taxi squad will consist of forwards Brandon Hagel and Philipp Kurashev, defensemen Nicolas Beaudin, Lucas Carlsson, and Wyatt Kalynuk, and goaltender Kevin Lankinen.
While the product on the ice may not be pretty in 2021, this is what the Blackhawks signed up for when they announced the “rebuild“. Stay locked into the Four Feathers Podcast for postgame shows, analysis, and updates throughout the season.