Chicago Blackhawks Training Camp Preview: 10 Players to Watch

The Chicago Blackhawks are getting set for training camp, and we have 10 players that fans should watch as the season approaches.

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Patrick Sharp
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Dauphin, acquired by the Blackhawks in the Niklas Hjalmarsson trade, could provide some scoring punch among a forward group in sore need of it, as he scored 17 goals in just 38 AHL games last season.
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DeBrincat is one of the most highly touted prospects in the NHL, and he showed why at the Traverse City tournament in Michigan as he racked up five goals (and a fighting major) in four games.
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Forsberg, acquired from Columbus in the Artemi Panarin trade, will be competing to be the Blackhawks’ back-up goaltender, a key role left vacant by the departure of Scott Darling.
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The Blackhawks’ blue line is very unsettled, but with comparisons to Niklas Lidstrom, the Blackhawks’ organization is VERY high on Forsling’s ceiling, and it will be interesting to see if he can live up to the hype.
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Signed to a tryout deal by the Blackhawks, Franson will try to bring some veteran presence to the blue line, and he could be the financial beneficiary when the team finally is able to put Marian Hossa on injured reserve.
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The Blackhawks gave up a third round pick to get Jurco and protected him in the NHL Expansion Draft, so they clearly have a lot invested in the winger. He needs to reward their faith.
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With Marcus Kruger gone, the Blackhawks are going to be looking for a bottom-six center, and Kero has the defensive skill and occasional scoring touch to potentially fill that role.
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The Blackhawks gave up Hjalmarsson to get Murphy, a younger blue liner that addressed the team’s lack of balance when it comes to the handedness of its defensemen. Murphy has some big skates to fill, but the team is confident in his upside.
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It’s going to be put up or shut up time soon for Pokka, who has been highly touted but has never been able to make the jump to the NHL full-time. With uncertainty reigning on the Blackhawks’ blue line, Pokka will never have a better shot to make the team than he will this season.
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Can Sharp regain the form that saw him score 34 goals for the Blackhawks in the 2013-14 season, or will he be the player who couldn’t stay healthy with the Dallas Stars? Training camp will give us the first glimpse as the Blackhawks, and Sharp, attempt to answer that question.
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