The Chicago Blackhawks are in a tough spot. They go into Friday’s match against the Columbus Blue Jackets with a record of 7-20-4. They are dead last in the NHL in wins (7), points (18), and points percentage (.290). To say it has been tough would be an understatement.
The good thing for them is that it has been by design. General Manager Kyle Davidson sees this as a long-term rebuild that has a goal of sustained success. They want to have a very high draft pick and continue building through the draft.
One mistake that they have made so far is not trading Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane already. They both have no move clauses and a big-time contract but there are ways around it. These two should be on other teams by now.
It is so hard for them to produce at a high level right now because of the team that they play on. It would be hard for anyone to produce at an elite level playing on a team this low on talent. They simply have no help.
The Chicago Blackhawks are in a tough spot with the two legends on their team.
In 31 games played, Patrick Kane has four goals and 18 assists for 22 points. His assist numbers are doing fine but he hasn’t scored as much lately. Again, he has no good playmakers helping him get good chances from good areas.
As for Toews, he is tied with Max Domi for the team lead with 10 goals. He has seven assists for 17 points which is not the usual production that you’d expect from him either. Again, his team doesn’t help him or Kane like they normally have in the past.
However, it does also spark a fear that they are on the decline. If that is true, why would any team give up lots of amazing assets in order to add one of these guys? It would be worth it if a change of scenery elevates their game naturally but nobody can be sure that would be the case.
Davidson should have found a way to move at least one of them (probably Kane because he’d return the most) before this could happen this year. Now, they might not get the return that they thought.
In the case of Kane, his 18 assists on this horrid team should prove that going to another team loaded with great players will get him back to the Kane numbers that we are used to.
Both of them should go before the deadline which will certainly make things interesting. It will also make the Hawks worse which will improve their chances at the number one overall pick and Connor Bedard. After the holidays, it is time to get moving, Kyle.