The Road to Lord Stanley's Cup starts tonight in NY for the Chicago Blackhawks. By the this point, I am sure the game is over but I don't know what happened yet.
The Blackhawks have made quite a few changes from last season. Most notably bringing in goaltender Cristobel Huet and defensemen Brian Campbell.
Gone are such names as Jason Williams and Robert Lang.
Chicago has one of the (if not, the) youngest teams in the league. The youth movement in Chicago has reinvigorated hockey fans in the Windy City. Season ticket sales boomed this year. Also, Chicago is hosting this year's Winter Classic against the rival Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field.
This year's team is lead by Captain Jonathan Toews who competed against teammate Patrick Kane for rookie of the year. Kane brought home the Calder Trophy but had Toews not missed some time due to injury, he may have won instead. Chicago announced that winger Patrick Sharp and D-man Duncan Keith will be the assistant captains for the Blackhawks.
Chicago should make a serious push for the postseason due to the improved situation in net, a bolstered defence and powerplay and the continued development of their young forwards.
As of this morning, the Blackhawks website had their depth chart as follows: (if i remember correctly. and nevermind the spelling)
Andrew Ladd-Jonathan Toews-Martin Havlat
Dustin Byfuglien-Patrick Sharp-Patrick Kane
Kris Versteeg-David Bolland-Jack Skille
Adam Burish-Ben Eager-Craig Adams
Duncan Keith-Brain Campbell
Brent Seabrook-Brent Sopel
Matt Walker-James Wisnewski
Jordan Hendry-Niklas Hjarmellson (way wrong spelling)
( I have a feeling the D is wrong but I am too tired to think)
Cristobel Huet-Nikolai Khabiblin