Every article you read these days needs to start with "Will the season begin on time?" or "Will we have a season?"
Good. Done. That's out of the way.
Let's suppose we have a great season and there is hockey to play. Now let's see what the Chicago Blackhawks' forwards bring to the table.
Setting the expectations for this list, you will not see prospects on it. Brandon Saad will not be magically thrust into the top six on this list, and for that matter, the top six on this list will not be the first two lines on the 'Hawks team.
This list is about two-way play, value-add to your club and, above all, consistent play.
As we head into the 2012-13 season, here is a short list, breaking down the 'Hawks top 12 forwards.