The new NHL season is upon us and it’s just about time that teams in the NHL head to camp to get ready for this new season. The Blackhawks won’t be any different than any other team preparing for the new season except for the fact that they will attempt to defend their championship title and make an attempt to be at the top of the league for the second season in a row.
This is a different Blackhawks team than what we saw a year ago. Gone are guys like Dustin Byfuglein and Antti Niemi. They don’t have John Madden any longer and traded Kris Versteeg away during the offseason leaving very few familiar faces in Chicago.
Granted, the Blackhawks still have some of their stars from last year’s squad including Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and of course Jonathan Towes. Along with several other supporting players from last season (along with some new faces) the Blackhawks promise to go into this season with a solid team and be fully prepared to defend their Stanley Cup title and make another run at the Cup.
In this article, we will look at the forwards that the Blackhawks have listed on their roster heading into the preseason. Which players these players could be part of the Blackhawks final roster when they open the season in just a few short weeks? Who will be the new guy and who will be the reliable old fixture on their new roster at the forward position? Let’s take a look at those players that could be on the Blackhawks roster at the forward position by the time the season opens.
Marian Hossa-Hossa is a “no-brainer” when it comes to playing again this coming season. He was a valuable asset for the Blackhawks last season and will be relied upon heavily this season.
Dave Bolland-Last year, Bolland was a part of the Blackhawks Stanley Cup team last season and will be an important part of it this season. Look for him to remain on the active roster moving forward.
Troy Brouwer-Brouwer was yet another guy that helped the Blackhawks on their drive to the Cup last season and should be there to try to do it again this year.
Patrick Kane-There is no way that the Blackhawks will go into the season without what many consider to be their number one player on the roster. Kane will forever be remembered as the player that scored the winning goal in Game Six to propel the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup win in decades and after having a strong season last year, he should have another solid year.
Bryan Bickell-Bickell was with the squad during their Stanley Cup run last season and it looks like he’s going to be with them again this season. Will he be able to help them regain their championship form and get back to the Stanley Cup Finals?
Evan Brophey-Brophey spent time with the Blackhawks last season and should be able to stick around this season. Look for him to be part of the team and work himself into a more prominent role in 2010-2011.
Jake Dowell-Dowell may not be a name that many Blackhawks fans will remember but Dowell was right there with the Hawks as they won their Stanley Cup last season. With several big names gone, Dowell will have to step things up and play well if this team is to get back to where it was at before.
Patrick Sharp-Sharp was an important part of the Blackhawks squad last season and will remain so in 2010-2011. Look for him to play a similar role (like he did last year) and help this team get back into the playoffs.
Jack Skille-Skille was another one of those “slient” behind the scense guys that helped the Blackhawks get to the Stanley Cup Finals last season as he was part of the roster in 2009-2010. Will Skille stick around this season or will he be supplanted by other talent on the roster. We will soon find out.
Jonathan Towes-Everyone knows what Towes did with the Blackhawks in the playoffs and in the Stanley Cup Final last season and he is poised to have another great season this year. Hopefully he can lead them back to the promised land this season.
Tomas Kopecky-Kopecky is back for another season with the Blackhawks after participating in their run to the Cup last season. Look for Kopecky to become an important part of this team in 2010-2011 and provide them with some help to get back to the playoffs.
The Blackhawks currently list the following players as forwards on their preseason roster:
Kyle Beach, Brandon Bollig, Nathan Davis, Christopher DiDomenico, Hugh Jessiman, Rob Klinkhammer, Marcus Kruger, Igor Makarov, Jeremy Morin, Mathis Olimb, Philippe Paradis, Brandon Pirri, Fernando Pisani, Ben Smith, Viktor Stalberg, and Jeff Taffe.