The Chicago Blackhawks released their official training camp rosters today and there was one pleasant surprise on the list of invitees: Keyvn Adams.
Adams was aquired by the Blackhawks last offseason for Radim Vrbata to help mentor the young forwards.
Unfortunately, Adams tore his ACL in a game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 9, but stayed on as a special coach for Denis Savard. He was able to return for the last few weeks of the season, finishing with two points after 27 games.
Although there may not be a spot on the roster for Adams with the first three lines already mostly filled, there is a possibility for him to make the fourth line that is currently occupied by Ben Eager, Craig Adams, and Adam Burish.
Burish is not a true center, but is currently listed as the fourth line's center. Burish is better suited to stay on the wing and be a "Sean Avery-like" agitator. To make room for Kevyn Adams on the team, either Eager or Adams would have to be moved or sent to Rockford.
I personally would like to see Craig Adams moved because he does not do anything for this team and is a wasted roster spot. If Kevyn were to be brought in then he would provide veteran leadership and great mentoring for Jonathan Toews.
The Blackhawks have also announced the training camp teams (Black, Red, and White) and strangely enough Toews and Kevyn Adams have been placed on the same team.
Savard realizes that Toews still needs to be mentored and Kevyn Adams is willing to take Toews under his wing to make him a better player and leader.
Although Kevyn Adams does not bring a ton of offense to the table, he brings great leadership and a great heart, which is what the Blackhawks need on their team now more than ever.