The Chicago Blackhawks are the defending Stanley Cup champions and almost all of their most important players are returning. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp will all be on the ice trying to win back-to-back Cups, and as a huge plus, general manager Stan Bowman didn't have to trade the entire third line during the offseason to stay under the cap.
Few teams boast the same level of depth as Chicago, which means that coach Joel Quenneville has a lot of options when it comes to line shuffling. It's quite a luxury to be able to use Kane and Toews on the same line without sacrificing quality scoring on the second line.
Then again, when Sharp is joined on the second line by Marian Hossa, filling the nets is never going to be a problem.
This is how we see Chicago's roster shaking down for opening night on Oct. 1 against Washington. Injuries and outstanding camp performances could change things, but as it stands right now these predictions are our best guesses.
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