The Chicago Blackhawks signed a handful of players this past off-season to make up for what the team lacked during the 2010-11 campaign, which ended in an unsuccessful attempt to defend the Stanley Cup after winning the trophy in 2009-10.
General manager Stan Bowman certainly couldn't have predicted the improvement of some Hawks since last season.
Patrick Kane got a lot of grief for his performance in last year's first round playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks, and many people speculated about him being traded. Well, that was nonsense, and Kaner has shown he is the real deal so far in 2011.
There are a handful of other Hawks that had some areas in their game that needed working on; and some have made visible improvements. No one is perfect and the adage that there is always room for improvement rings forever true.
Here are a few Blackhawks who have drastically improved since last season.