Are Pundits Pouring Cold Water on the Upcoming Blackhawks Season?

Published August 2, 2023 at 2:01

As Hawks Nation enjoys the pleasant summer weather and celebrates landing Connor Bedard as the first overall pick in the draft, the harsh reality is beginning to set in: this season may turn out to be another dismal one, at best. General manager Kyle Davidson has made some key moves over the summer, securing some veteran help for Bedard and adding more punch to the offence.

These moves are part of a well-thought-out plan, typical of any team in a rebuilding phase, aimed at acquiring assets that can be traded at the deadline if other teams seek them to bolster their roster for a long playoff run toward the Stanley Cup. This strategy will provide the Blackhawks with more time to acquire draft picks and potential prospects, ultimately building a competitive roster for years to come.

However, The Hockey News raised concerns about the Blackhawks' goaltending situation, mentioning them as a potential disappointment this year. It is well-known among hockey fans that going into a season with Petr Mrazek and Arvid Soderblom as your tandem could result in fewer wins.

The hockey news had this to say:

Chicago Blackhawks: If Chicago runs it back with the goalie tandem of Petr Mrazek and Arvid Soderblom – both of whom had .894 save percentages last season – fans will be left disappointed knowing Connor Bedard won't be able to outscore the Blackhawks' goaltending woes.

Nonetheless, it seems this goaltending situation is part of the Blackhawks' deliberate strategy, as they continue to build their new core through the draft, aiming to secure as many top-five draft picks as possible.

Despite this, there are high hopes for Connor Bedard, who is expected to have a fantastic season, and fans can also anticipate more surprises from General Manager Davidson.

For now, Blackhawks fans can take solace in knowing they have Bedard as a cornerstone for the foreseeable future.
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Are Pundits Pouring Cold Water on the Upcoming Blackhawks Season?

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