While the Blackhawks haven't announced it officially, their opening night roster appears to be set. The last remaining piece was the battle for the all important 8th d-man spot between Mike Kostka and Ryan Stanton. Stanton was claimed off waivers by Vancouver today, so I think it's safe to say that Kostka won the job.
The Hawks will open the regular season with 13 forwards, 8 defensemen and 2 goaltenders.
Here's a look at the forward lines from this morning's practice :
Bryan Bickell - Jonathan Toews - Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp - Michael Handzus - Marian Hossa
Brandon Saad - Andrew Shaw - Jimmy Hayes
Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Joakim Nordstrom
The defensive pairings will look something like this :
Brent Seabrook - Duncan Keith
Niklas Hjalmarsson - Johnny Oduya
Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival
Bench : Ben Smith, Mike Kostka and Sheldon Brookbank
All that's left now is the dropping of the proverbial, and literal, puck. Hockey's back Tuesday. Let's go!
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