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Not many holes, but one large one

The Cup champions need a power-play specialist (and on the cheap)

Originally Published: June 17, 2010
By Andrew Rothstein and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Blackhawks celebrateAl Bello/Getty ImagesIf the Blackhawks want to become a dynasty, they need to shore up the power play.

Plugging Holes -- Chicago Blackhawks

The Hole: A power-play specialist

The defending champions don't have too many holes -- but surprisingly, the team that dominated offensively at even strength was only pedestrian with the man advantage. Finishing 12th with a 0.6 GVT on the power play and 16th in power-play efficiency, scoring only 17.7 percent of the time, there could be a cause for concern next season, when the team could lose some of its offensive assets because of cap constraints.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.