The Chicago Blackhawks have a lot to prove this upcoming season.
Failing to make it past the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons, the Blackhawks are expected to take advantage of a 48-game schedule.
While it may be a disadvantage for most teams to play back-to-back games a couple of times a week, the Blackhawks are young enough, hungry enough and prepared to tackle what comes their way.
That's not to say injuries won't happen—luck will have to be on their side for a few games—but the 'Hawks have all the skill and ability to push through and become a top Western Conference team.
To be that top team, the Blackhawks will have to rely on a few key players to lead their roster. These key players can be great point producers or role players—it doesn't matter—everybody has a part in making this season successful.
There have been a few players that have underperformed, and because of that, the 'Hawks have faltered in past seasons.
These are the five players who need to step up for the Chicago Blackhawks to reach their potential.