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Hossa heading for a drop in Chicago

Playoff struggles, shoulder woes signal potential decline

Originally Published: August 6, 2009
By Robert Vollman & E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

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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