5 reasons to continue watching the Chicago Blackhawks right nowTodd Welteron April 18, 2022 at 7:46 pm

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The Chicago Blackhawks are still playing hockey even if it is hard to watch. The Hawks are 3-8-1 since the NHL trade deadline. It is no coincidence the Chicago Blackhawks have been dropping games in bunches after trading goalie Marc Andre-Fleury.

The Blackhawks are in full rebuild mode now and are just playing out the rest of the season. Rebuilds are not fun to watch. There is a lot of losing. There are games where the Chicago Blackhawks are going to be simply overmatched. Plus, this rebuild is going to take some time as the Blackhawks are not deep in the prospect pool.

They will need to address the goalie problem in the offseason. Kevin Lankinen and Collin Deila have not played well enough to provide much hope that they can be the long-term goalie. Arvid Soderblom has the potential to be a wall in goal but he might need another season with the Blackhawks’ AHL minor league team, the Rockford Ice Hogs. He looked shaky in his brief showing in the NHL.

The Chicago Blackhawks still have a few things to watch for this season.

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson will need to do a lot of work to upgrade the defense as it has dogged the Hawks the past couple of seasons. Getting defensemen needed to compete for the Stanley Cup is not something that is going to happen in one offseason as previous management thought.

Interim head coach Derek King has done his best to get what he can out of the roster. It seems lately that any line change he has made is not working lately. The Hawks will certainly be taking a long hard look at the coaching situation over the offseason.

It has been a long year filled with controversy and losing. The end cannot come soon enough but there are still a few things to watch if you happen to turn on a Chicago Blackhawks game. These are the five reasons to keep watching:

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