Due to spammers I am reposting this.
Chicago: I must admit I was looking forward to this write up and will also admit I was never a Blackhawks fan but the model they have created since drafting Kane and Toews, etc and the trades and the success of the Stanley Cup victories have made them a model of success! Bravo!! It has also been a deep team to pick up players for your fantasy teams.
The only difference this year is most of the scoring is from the top line and man has Kane been an absolute stud this year. If you picked him as I did in one big pool, he has been an absolute stud and at this pace he should be the Scoring Champ.
24 year Panarin has just over half of what Kane has in points which is more than Crosby or Kessel, Perry or Getzlaf. He has been a great addition for the Blackhawks and fit in really well with Kane. If you were smart enough or lucky to draft him, what a gem you have.
Now, I mentioned the first line has done most of the scoring, but Toews and those that play with him have done adequately as well, but there is a big drop off from first to second line in points. From a fantasy prospective it hasn’t been a bad second option with Hossa or Teravainen, and Anisimov.
Keith missed a bunch of games but at 24 points in 32 games it is not a bad pace. Alternatively Seabrook has picked up the slack and is having a great year as well.
One bust has been Dano who came over in the Saad trade. He had flashes of scoring late last year in Columbus but has done nothing with all the high profile talent around him. Obviously he still has time, but I know many who were thinking he was going to have a good year. I even projected him at 32 points, ouch that was way off.
I can’t forget to mention what a year Crawford has had statistically with 6 shutouts. He was drafted last out of 14 goalies in one pool. What a steal that was! No reason why he can’t sustain his wins the rest of the season so if you try to pick him up it will cost you!
The one area this team may have trouble in getting another top flight scorer with their Cap so they have to continue to develop within, which has worked before and as noted, is the model other teams are now using.