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Brandon Saad will be one of many young 'Hawks' who will be expected to make a contribution in the lineup.
Although the majority have already proven themselves in the NHL, there are some players on the Blackhawks who still have to show they can bring the level of play needed each and every night to excel at this level.
One player in particular will be Brandon Saad. As impressive as he can be at times, Saad is a young player with limited NHL experience. He will be expected to play a big role on the team and will need to step up and bring a consistent game.
Saad has tremendous talent, but the big question is whether he can he can show that on a consistent basis.
Other young players in the 'Hawks' lineup that will need to make sure their games keep improving are Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw and Nick Leddy.
Kruger needs to take the bull by the horns and take that centre position that has been kept open for him. That could be either on the third line or maybe the second line depending on how Dave Bolland performs.
Shaw needs to keep playing like he always does and find ways to contribute on the score sheet. He should see some time playing in front of the net on the power play and needs to make the most out of that opportunity.
Leddy will need to compete hard, day in and day out. His stats down at Rockford were not spectacular, but now that he is playing where he belongs he will have to put up points and work even harder in his own zone. His play on the defensive side of the puck will be the real tool for judging Leddy's performance.
All of these players could end up playing big roles for the 'Hawks. If the team expects to do well this season then they will need this guys to play as expected, or maybe even better.