The 2009-2010 season was quite a roller coaster for the Chicago Blackhawks that ended on the highest of highs in which they claimed the ultimate prize, the Stanley Cup.
Although the season is now over and the celebration shall begin in the streets of Chicago there is still much work to be done in the Chicago front office before the NHL Draft, just two weeks away.
Much like last season the Blackhawks will have a low pick in the upcoming draft, 30th overall, and will likely be looking to take the best available player.
If I had to choose a position that the 'Hawks might address with their first pick it would likely be goal-tending. I have seen a few mock drafts in which "experts" believe the 'Hawks will pick American goaltender Jack Campbell.
However, in my opinion, there is no way that Campbell makes it all the way to the 'Hawks at 30 and if he does they will snatch him up but the more likely goaltender to be around where they are picking is Calvin Pickard out of the WHL.
If neither Campbell or Pickard are there at No. 30 look for the 'Hawks to look at taking the best available forward on the board. Some names that you might want to look out for are forwards Brock Nelson (Warroard), John McFarland (Sudbury), Beau Bennett (Penticton), and Quinton Howden (Moose Jaw).
Even though the Blackhawks draft choice will be a major focus on draft day, leading up to the draft the focus will rest on who the 'Hawks might try and move prior to or during the draft to free up cap space.
Names that you will likely hear being circulated in the days leading up to the draft are Kris Versteeg, David Bolland, Patrick Sharp, Cristobal Huet (hopefully), and Brent Sopel.
Now there is no guarantee that anyone will get moved before or during the draft it is just likely that you will hear tons of rumors surrounding the Blackhawks as they will need to make some substantial moves to get under the salary cap before next season.
The draft would be a logical time to begin moving players as the Blackhawks could trade players for 2010 draft picks and get new blood into the organization as soon as possible.
At this point in time it is very uncertain as to how the Blackhawks will approach getting under the cap but with the NHL draft just two weeks away it seems like an appropriate starting point.
The Blackhawks management will enjoy their Stanley Cup for a little longer but soon it will be time to get back to work and retool this Blackhawk team to defend its Stanley Cup Championship.
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