Full disclosure I’ve been pretty wrong about the Blackhawks so far. I thought they were closer to climbing out of their rebuilding project this season, and maybe even push for a wildcard spot. They could still achieve that, but something just seems off with them.
They’ve officially taken over the last place in the Central Division at 25 points and a 10-10-5 record. Their last four games have come against Central Division opponents, with losses against Colorado and Dallas and a win over Dallas sandwiched in between those.
I have a hard time counting the Blackhawks out because they have some nice offensive firepower and a blend of veterans and young talent. Patrick Kane is blazing through his first 25 games with 32 points and 13 goals. However, the problem with this team is they’re top-heavy.
You have to have quality depth if you want to finish among the best in the division. They’re probably another year away from really contending for a top-three position in the division. Their 18-year-old rising star Kirby Dach has ten points (5 goals, 5 assists) and 21-year-old Alex DeBrincat has 19 points.