Blackhawks preseason


Natalie Abramat

Fans and players are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new hockey season, but are afraid of the consequences the 2017 NHL draft may have caused to the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks have been dealing with a salary cap and because of that, players became available for exchange. The Blackhawks hosted the 2017 NHL draft in Chicago this past summer. Some fan favorites were traded such as, Artemi Panarin, Scott Darling, Marcus Kruger, and Trevor van Riemsdyk.

The Blackhawks may have lost a lot of talented players, but in the end they gained some of their old players back. “The Trades over the summer have been a huge shock, but we believe that it’s for the best interests and reasons.” Chiara Christ (18’)

The Blackhawks were also able to obtain key players like Patrick Sharp, David Kampf, and Anton Forsberg. Unfortunately, Marian Hossa will have to miss this year’s season due to medical complications from the medicine that he is taking for his progressive skin disorder.

“Stan Bowman has made lots of changes this off-season with bringing back fan favorites like Sharp and Saad. Getting our picks at the draft and having our previous picks at the ready will hopefully help Chicago and Rockford get further in the playoffs this year.” Georgie Rodriguez (19’) The Hawks have suffered from some major blows after last season’s playoff. Marian Hossa’s skin condition has slowly been worsening, to the point where he is forced to be put on Medical leave.

Brian Campbell retired, leaving fans upset. Campbell explained to the fans and reports that he had been thinking about it for a while, but at the end of the day, he didn’t know if he could carry on. He also stated that he didn’t want to move to another city after the Blackhawks told him they were changing it up. However, this isn’t the last time we will see Campbell. Campbell will be working with youth hockey initiatives while working on the business side.

The Blackhawks will be playing against the Red Wings, Bruins, and Blue Jackets in the preseason, which consists of six games. Their first game will be on 9/19, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, playing against the Blue Jackets.