Maybe it's all of the working out he does, but Marian Hossa looks like a new guy. When the Blackhawks signed him in the summer of 2009, I was ecstatic. Hossa was the final piece of the Stanley Cup puzzle, and it worked. However, many fans became concerned with Hossa on the long term. Before he even took the ice for the Hawks, he had to recover from a seriously injured shoulder. Since then, he's been banged up a lot, missing games here and there. I supposed three consecutive trips to the Stanley Cup Finals will do that to a guy.
Well, Chris Campoli turned the puck over in Vancouver, and the Hawks and Hossa had a longer summer than expected. Since then, Hossa has look re-energized...re-born.
Along with Patrick Kane, Hossa has been the Blackhawks' best forward. In last night's 3-2 shootout win over Anaheim, he extended his scoring streak to five games. Yes, he missed a game, but in the games he has played, he's looked faster, stronger, and sharper than he has in his two previous seasons with the Hawks.
A healthy Hossa, combined with Kane dominating at center, and Jonathan Toews "skipping" his typical early season scoring slump, means big things for the Hawks this season. It's hard to find another NHL team as deep and as skilled as the Blackhawks. Once the powerplay gets clicking, the points will begin piling up, and the journey to another Cup begins.