I tried to sleep it off but it appears a new day isn't enough to alleviate my frustration over last night's loss to the Devils. A Devils team that entered Chicago at 3-9-1, with Zach Parise! I keep thinking to myself, "The Hawks are fine, they're at .500 and they have yet to suit up their entire roster for a game this season." But one can only be optimistic for so long without results. I'm beginning to think Mike Kiley abandoned ship at exactly the right moment, leaving me to digest what was once a championship caliber team.
I don't want to get too abusive here because the season is not a sprint but a marathon. I just really hoped that at mile 5 we'd be off to a more promising start. We're tied with Detroit and 1 point ahead of St. Louis and they have 5 and 6 games in hand respectively. If the Blackhawks can't accumulate points while playing teams like Edmonton and New Jersey they may soon find themselves battling for an 8 seed.
I'm no hockey expert (but I am a blogger, which puts me 2nd in the hierarchy) but I think it's safe to say if Stalberg and Pisani are going to be your best players you're in for a rough ride. Toews was in all the right places in the 1st period last night but couldn't keep the puck on his stick. Kane had an average game but continues to disappoint me with his production. It's really gut check time for those two. Especially with Hossa out, it's on their shoulders to get this Blackhawks team rolling.
But they're not the only ones. I know Patrick Sharp garners God-like praise here on Blackhawks Confidential but he will always be a secondary player to me. If he's not on a line with Kane, Toews, or Hossa he really struggles to consistently produce. I love Sharpy just as much as anyone but not to center Kopecky and Stalberg. If he's not cleaning up in front or ripping one timers he's not nearly as effective to me.
The last guy I want to touch on is Jack Skille. I have a good friend I met in college who grew up in Madsion, Wisconsin playing hockey with the likes of Skille, Dowell, Burish, Kessel, etc. He always said Kessel would be a star. He always said Burish would be a great locker room addition. He always said Dowell would be a great 4th line center. Most importantly, he always said Jack Skille would never amount to anything. I'm starting to believe he's 4 for 4 on his predictions. I don't know what specific details caused his assessment of Skille to be so poor but I have to agree. You can't help but respect the energy and hustle he plays with, but how does he not have at least 5 goals by now? He's had some of the best chances for the Hawks to date but somehow fails to score every time. His desire to stay on the Hawks is obvious, but as my buddy Dan always predicted, it's not amounting to anything worth keeping him for.
But that's enough for now, I gotta get back to work. I can't wait for Saturday when Buff scores a hat trick and puts a season ending hit on a Blackhawk to be named later...
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