The Chicago Blackhawks are a very bad hockey team. They are amongst the worst in the entire National Hockey League for the first time in a long time.
It is obvious that they are trying to rebuild their organization and are taking the long route. So far, the first part of their plan seems to be working.
They still have a couple of legends left over from the Stanley Cup days in the 2010s. There are a lot of good memories in the recent past but they are clearly eyeing the future now.
With Christmas here, it is time to think about what Chicago Blackhawks fans might be wishing for in light of the holiday season. This is the perfect Chicago Blackhawks wish list:
1. A good return for 19 and 88
The Chicago Blackhawks have been so blessed with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. They are amongst the best players to ever put on the Blackhawks sweater. Championships and individual feats highlight their careers.
Each of them has one year left on his contract that is worth over ten million dollars against the salary cap. They are probably going to try and trade both of them but they need to find a way to make the money work in addition to waving off no-move clauses.
It isn’t going to be an easy trade to execute (for either of them) for a variety of reasons but fans are hoping that the team is able to get some good assets in return.
2. Developing prospects
The prospects in the organization are getting better and better. With kids like Lukas Reichel, Kevin Korchinski, and Ian Mitchell amongst others at different levels are trying to build this thing the right way.
Keeping them in good healthy situations right now is the key to their success. All of them have lots of talent but need to learn how to bring it to the NHL level. If they are successful in this, there will be some good times ahead.
3. The Draft Lottery
Some Blackhawks fans are hoping that their Christmas present actually comes a few months into 2023 when the NHL has the Draft Lottery. The Blackhawks will have amongst the best odds in the league if not the very best odds.
Connor Bedard is the top prize for whoever wins it and he will change the fortunes of whoever it is that wins it. Even the teams that come in second and third will be excited as guys like Adam Fantilli and Matvei Michkov are ready to star in the NHL.
None of these things are going to be easy for anyone but it is a process for everyone. The second half of this season is going to be rough but it should all be worth it in the end.