Hossa Joins Blackhawks, Lineup Taking Shape

Marian Hossa joined the Blackhawks at practice on Friday, and the lines at practice may give us an idea of what they might look like on Opening Night next week.

Artemi Panarin – Jonathan Toews – Richard Panik
Tyler Motte – Artem Anisimov – Patrick Kane
Ryan Hartman – Marcus Kruger – Marian Hossa
Vince Hinostroza – Nick Schmaltz – Jordin Tootoo

The “fifth line” at practice was Alexandre Fortin – Andrew Desjardins – Mark McNeill.

Noticeably missing from line combinations: Brandon Mashinter and Dennis Rasmusssen. They skated at extras on Friday. Scott Powers wrote about the lineup on Thursday at The Athletic.

On Saturday night, Corey Crawford will draw the start and is expected to play the entire game. Duncan Keith will not play, but is reportedly ready to open the regular season. Niklas Hjalmarsson will miss the game (suspended).

16 thoughts on “Hossa Joins Blackhawks, Lineup Taking Shape

  1. Last year they had 1 line that produced.

    Panarin helps Toews and whoever else
    Kane helps Motte and Anisimov
    Hossa helps Kruger and Hartman

    Lines based on todays practice. It sounds like Fortin get some games.

    Panarin is moved up because Hossa is moved down. Hossa is moved down because he’s lost a step but still better than average offensively and stellar defensively. Moving him with Kruger should add 15-20 points to Krugers total. Kruger had to skate with boat anchors for point producers. The goal is to increase their 5V5 goals which was middle of the pack. Mainly because the bottom 6 lacked talent and a top line that didnt produce enough.

  2. To expound on the player bonus Morrison is talking about…

    Panarin was barely a top 10 point producing forward this year with Kane. If he produces slightly less he likely doesnt hit all of his bonuses. Saving money on any overage. He should in theory add 10-15points to Toews’ total last year, while producing just slightly less than he did last year. He does get bonuses for games played as does Brian Campbell. Campbell gets 750k by skating 10 games Panarin gets 250k for 10 games played.

    While I dont think its the primary reason as he has a multiple number of ways to achieve other bonuses. He gets 1.725 million if he is top ten forward in points, goals, assists, ppg, or a top 5 Hart, Selke, or Richard…or wins the Conn Smythe…or a first or second team all star.

    If he fails to hit on any of those thats 1.725 the Hawks probably arent charged with next year….which helps trying to resign him. Both Hinostroza and Schmaltz have performance bonuses tied to them. If they put Panarin on the top line for that sole reason, Schmaltz and Hinostroza probably don’t make the team or they don’t think they cant achieve those bonuses.

    Motte, Fortin, Hartman don’t have bonuses. Forsling has 157,500. Less than Schmaltz and Hinostroza (350k and 257k respectively).

  3. Lots of new faces but trying to remember back to those rookies in 2013… Shaw, Saad, Leddy, and Kruger?

  4. Shaw played 37 games in 11/12. Leddy played 82 in 11/12. Kruger played 12 total games in 10/11 before losing his rookie eligibility in 11/12 as well

  5. It’s usually a crap shoot to assess rookies from preseason games but at least the last look we got from them was favorable. Hopefully one or two of them step up because that’s probably all the Hawks need to be in the hunt for the Cup.

    I’d put my money on Motte and Hartman as the two guys who contribute on a regular basis this season. It seems like Schmaltz and Hinostroza aren’t ready yet, and Fortin in a wildcard. If just Motte and Hartman can play well enough for Q to keep them in the lineup, I think the Hawks will be in the mix at the end. If Fortin or Schamltz or Hinostroza also play well enough to stick, then the Hawks may be right in that 3 or 4 legit teams.

  6. It’s usually a crap shoot to assess rookies from preseason games but at least the last look we got from them was favorable. Hopefully one or two of them step up because that’s probably all the Hawks need to be in the hunt for the Cup.

    I’d put my money on Motte and Hartman as the two guys who contribute on a regular basis this season. It seems like Schmaltz and Hinostroza aren’t ready yet, and Fortin is a wildcard. If just Motte and Hartman can play well enough for Q to keep them in the lineup, I think the Hawks will be in the mix at the end. If Fortin or Schamltz or Hinostroza also play well enough to stick, then the Hawks may be right in that 3 or 4 legit teams.

  7. I think Hinostroza and Schmaltz are ticketed for Rockford. Fortin may make this team. I think Mashinter and Rasmussen may be gone. Desjardins has been solid at Center. McNeill? I’m not sure. He may be that pressbox player. Just my observations.
    Defensively, we seem to have a dearth of talent. I want to keep Forsling, but he may be given another year to develop. Not that I think he needs it.
    What a fantastic position to be in. There’s a wealth of talent here. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

  8. Yak is talented (at times)-but he will be with another very talented Russian forward who sometimes appears difficult to coach. God Bless them!

  9. Agree with you guys on Yak. I was not all that stoked about the possibility.
    Yes, certain guys need a fresh start and a change of scenery, but Yak needs to be coached and “redeveloped”. Can you imagine how Q would cut his minutes and run out of patience with him for lack of back checking ? For 2.5 Million per year ? The Hawks do not have that luxury of taking that risk, especially with Panerin making noise about wanting Saad type money.

  10. Still not sure they are sold on kane and anisimov playing with motte. Schmaltz was 1st choice but he didn t seem to fit at leftwing then fortin was given a look thereand did well, so it looks like part of the decision on what to do with fortin is making sure they re comfortable with motte there against regular nhl lineups plus seeing if fortin is as ready as he seems too. He may benefit from another year in junior but may be of help now.

  11. Whatever great, good or bad comes out of this movement, I am glad to see it. The Hawks are not just looking at this year but 2, 3, 4 years down the line. Youth, speed and skill are driving this league. Glad to see management at least committed to trying the young players. And, obviously, there is the Cap.

    Chances are Hawks will be a playoff contender come deadline. Chances are at least one high cost player will be on the DL sometime this winter. By not committing to a cheap aging veteran now, SB keeps options open for the deadline.

    With the acquisition of Campbell, the Hawks have a good mix of youth and exp. on the blueline.

    Hawks have plenty of experience on the forward lines. Mixing in youth now makes a lot of sense. I HOPE that Tootoo is a positive presence on the fourth line. I would be happy to see Desjardins as a fixture on the fourth line while rotating Fortin and Hino.

  12. If Fortin is here he won’t be rotated in on the 4th line. If he’s here he plays top 9 every night. My guess is he gets his 9 games and goes back to Junior.

    Nitpicking, but it’s called IR/LTIR…not the DL like Baseball.

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