Throughout last season and this offseason, the question around the Chicago Blackhawks has been who can center the second line?
Hawks management and fans were hopeful that training camp would help solve this dilemma, and that Patrick Sharp or Marcus Kruger would be able to claim the job.
Sharp, a true winger, had an appendectomy keeping him out for a while, and Kruger has not had the training camp people had hoped for.
So Joel Quenneville has decided to give Patrick Kane a look at center. Huh? What?
That does not seem to make much sense. If you read Jon Fromi’s terrific article “Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Kane at Center? Joel Quenneville’s Cry for Help,” it outlines three scenarios, and option three suggests trading for a second line center.
After discussing the matter with fellow Blackhawks’ analysts John and Brian Lafferty, it may be time for GM Stan Bowman to think about pulling the trigger and making a deal.
So let’s think about it.
Who is out there, and who can the Hawks pursue soon, or at the latest the trade deadline? They have the depth and the prospects to make a move. A second-line center could make the difference this year, and here are five players that could fit in nicely with the Hawks.