Hossa heading for a drop in Chicago
Playoff struggles, shoulder woes signal potential decline
Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, continuing into the Central Division on Thursday with the Blackhawks.
Summer Skate -- Chicago Blackhawks
Fueled by an enviable collection of talented young players yet to reach their prime, the Blackhawks have risen over the past three years from basement dwellers to Stanley Cup contenders. During the offseason they replaced Martin Havlat with Marian Hossa and Nikolai Khabibulin with last year's backup, Cristobal Huet. Will they take another step forward or will they disappoint this year?
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The writers of Puck Prospectus break out their new VUKOTA projection system to examine players trending up and sliding down on every NHL team. And in anticipation of training camp, E.J. Hradek dishes on an intriguing player that could have a big impact in 2009-10.
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