I noticed something while perusing the Blackhawks website recently, the Depth Chart. A chart that showcases what looks to be your 2011-2012 roster line-up and line-combinations. Depth has been a topic of mucho discussion these past few weeks, as in: the Hawks have depth again, yay! So discussing it makes a lot of sense.
However, when I noticed the chart, my first reaction was one of a critical perspective. I am frankly a bit uncomfortable about what appears to be the build up of lines and where certain people appear. Not to mention the appearance of (no offense, Im sure your a great guy) John Scott. I would much rather see a guy like Hendry's name there who has been asked to skate with the Wild during their training camp.
Speaking of training camp, it is right around the corner and the proceedings of that camp might very well make my concerns mute and a waste of energy, but I continue on anyway.
Concern #1: Sharp is placed in a center role. We knew this was coming, but it still hurts and it means less goal production causing a soon to be highly payed player playing in a position he himself has mentioned is not comfortable in. Im also not too happy about his pairing with Hossa. Things seemed to role much smoother when Sharp was with his buddy Kane as opposed to Hossa who he never seemed to gel with offensively.
This, along with Stalberg's name (2nd concern) on the left wing create a very uncertain 2nd line. Not what the newly acquired depth would wishfully lead to. Although I do like the thought of giving Stalberg a chance to show what he has, I am just expecting less fireworks when it is on a line that already reads shaky to me.
I would again like to make the suggestion of trying a Hossa/Bolland combo even though I feel pretty good about the way our 3rd line looks at the moment. Im also going to make the leap at suggesting a go of Olesz with Hossa to see if a bond could be forged there.
Even with concerns, the faces in the forward list bring a smile to my face. Brunette filling in at the top line could be a great thing. The depth is obviously apparent, but is it the right depth?
Defensively, the only shock was to see Leddy in the 5-6 spot. As pointed out on this blog more than a few times, Leddy's development is of much importance moving forward. Will he get the ice-time necessary to grow with such little minutes to build on?
Check it out, let the info sink in, and then tell me what you think about this nice little chart. I am only thinking out loud really, which is usually just a leap for some conversation.