Shots on Goal: Top 9 Early Look - Central Division
Shots on Goal: Top 9 Early Look - Central Division

This article is part of our Shots on Goal series.

The NHL landscape has changed drastically over the past seven weeks. This seven-week window has included the NHL Entry Draft, the start of free agency, and all 30 teams' prospect development camps. With that in mind we will begin a series of articles looking at each division on a team-by-team basis to discern the important alterations that affect fantasy hockey. We will look at departures, additions, as well as those rookies/prospects that are knocking on the proverbial door for key roster spots. This examination will not cover every player movement but rather those that are considered more pertinent for roto players. Thus don't be concerned if most fourth liners are omitted.

Chicago Blackhawks

Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Bryan Bickell - Patrick Sharp - Patrick Kane
Brandon Pirri /Jeremy Morin - Andrew Shaw/Pirri - Shaw/Jimmy Hayes/Ben Smith

With Bryan Bickell re-signed the top two lines return intact from last season. Last year's rookie success story, Brandon Saad (27 points in 46 games), will once again skate with Jonathan Toews (48 points in 47 games) and Marian Hossa. There's not much of a drop off, if any, from Line 1 to Line 2. The big if is whether Bickell can once again play the kind of effective game that he displayed in the playoffs. Bickell had nine goals and 23 points in 48 regular season games before exploding in the playoffs with nine goals and 17 points in 23 games. The Patricks

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Peter Maingot
Peter has been covering fantasy sports for Rotowire for over 10 years. He's covered hockey, football and basketball over the past decade but now focuses strictly on the frozen game. From the Great White North, Peter is a strong proponent of physical, up tempo hockey.
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