Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Pool Outlook for 2010/2011

Woodsey14 By Woodsey14, 11th Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/nlify643/
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This is the first of a series of team by team breakdowns for the 2010/2011 NHL hockey season. Up first, the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Pool Predictions for 2010/2011

With this being the first entry of a team by team breakdown for the upcoming NHL season, I figured, who better to start with than the Chicago Blackhawks.
With all the off season changes, this year's team, while still a definite cup contender, has some real questions associated with it as to their ability to repeat. Primarily, who's going to step up to replace some of the role players lost due to salary cap considerations. Only the start of the regular season will provide us with definite answers, but in the meantime, here are my thought on some Blackhawk player prospects for the up coming season.

Blue Chip Players

Forwards

Patrick Kane - What's there to say except that this guy is awesome! He had a ppg of 1.08 in the regular season last year and "only" scored 30 goals. This guy is both a playmaker and sniper combined. He's only 21 and is still getting better.

Jonathon Toews- He is definitely a blue chip prospect, but be careful not to overvalue him. His ppg last year was 0.89, which could improve a bit, however, 80 pts may be pretty much his max.

Marian Hossa - A lot of people forget that Hossa was coming off of shoulder surgery entering into last year, despite that, he had a pretty good year statistically when you take into account that he had 51 points in 57 games. I would expect him to improve on last year's ppg. of 0.89 and be back up to at least a point per game pace.

Defensemen

Duncan Keith- Is on the ice for nearly half the game, every night. Mans the point on the power play, makes an excellent first pass, and has a knack for getting his shot through. Took a major leap forward last year with his ppg last year rising from 0.59 to 0.84. He is just starting to hit his pick. I'd pick him early or be prepared to regret it later.

Second Tier

Forwards

Patrick Sharp- A bit of a streaky scorer. I would expect Sharp to continue with similar stats to his last 3 years. Scoring at a pace of about 0.76 ppg.

Defensemen

Brian Campbell - People often overlook the fact that this guy was considered an elite defenseman only a few years back. I wouldn't expect 70 + points, however, he only 31 years old and scored at a 0.56 ppg pace during an injury filled season. I would expect some improvement on this, with a potetial to hit 50 points this year.

Goaltenders

Marty Turko - As the new starter in Chicago, I would look for Turko to post some very good numbers in the wins column. With unproven Corey Crawford being projected to be the backup, it's a good bet that Turko will start a lot of games, and with this lineup will get more than his fair share of wins.

Don't Over Rate

Brent Seabrook- Great defenseman, not a great point producer. A 40 point ceiling may be overly generous.

Jack Skille- It seems that this guy is becoming and annual sleeper pick. Personally, I would let someone else take a chance on him. He may turn out to be an excellent offensive threat, but in the AHL he was under a point a game producer, which might not translate into much of a first full year in the big league. He should get a good shot to play this year, but I would think that 40 pts would be a max ceiling for him.

Potential Sleepers and Late Round Steals

Troy Brouwer- Is begining to come into his own. Had 40 points last year, however, it appears that he is on the upswing. I wouldn't be surprised it he hit the 55 - 60 point plateau this year. In both junior hockey and the AHL he has been a big time scorer.

Dave Bolland - Last year was a bit of an injury related write off. I would expect him to have a bigger role this year and be a potential 50 -60 pt producer.

Sleeper

Kyle Beach - Has a good chance of making the team this year and could find his way onto a scoring line. Might be worth a chance, but be careful if you are considering him.

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Don't forget to check out my Hockey Pool Prospects and Strategy page for a few extra pointers!

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