Will Jack Skille Get a Chance to Prove Himself?

Michael WagnerSenior Analyst ISeptember 5, 2008

As we edge closer and closer to Chicago Blackhawk training camp there is constant speculation about who will be on the Chicago Blackhawks' third line.

Right now it looks to be Ladd and Dave Bolland almost certainly, but the right wing position is the place of much debate.

Names that have been floated around for the right wing position are Craig Adams, Jack Skille, and Troy Brouwer.

Craig Adams was a no factor for the Chicago Blackhawks last year, posting two goals and four assists in 35 games. If he is given the third line spot over a more offensive-minded player such as Brouwer or Skille, then Ladd and Bolland will struggle this season.

Troy Brouwer has played in 12 total NHL games, posting one point and a -6. He has tremendous size and also has good skill, but he has struggled trying to adjust from the AHL to the NHL. 

The Blackhawks are still very high on Brouwer but it seems as though they like what Jack Skille brings to the table after the 16 games that he played last season.

In Skille's first 16 NHL games he scored three goals and also tallied two assists, almost as much as Craig Adams scored in over twice the games.

Skille was the first round pick of the Blackhawks in 2005 and they feel as though he is ready to make an impact in the NHL. The Blackhawks also feel as though he would be a good complement to Andrew Ladd and Dave Bolland.

Ladd and Skille play very similar games as power forwards who have a good scoring touch. Dave Bolland on the other hand is more of a finesse player in that he is a good puck handler and good passer but lacks physicality. 

With the three of them on the same line, they could offer toughness but at the same time another scoring threat to a team that struggled to find the back of the net at times.

In my mind, Jack Skille is the only option for the final third liner because he brings more to the table than Brouwer and Adams. Plus the Blackhawks need to find out if this is the same kid that they drafted with the seventh pick in the 2005 draft.

Only time will tell if Skille is ready for the big time. But if he is able to translate his play at Wisconsin and Rockford then he will have no problem being an impact on this Chicago Blackhawks roster.


Personal Note

On a personal note I would like to thank Zander Freund, Ken Armer, and many of you in the NHL community who have helped me in becoming the Chicago Blackhawk Community Leader.

It is a privilege and an honor to be appointed to this position. I hope that I can help draw more interest to the Blackhawks section and the NHL section in general.

Again, thank you.

Michael Wagner