Madhouse Season Reviews

Madhouse Enforcer goes through all the pros and cons of the Blackhawks' team members.

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Madhouse Enforcer Season Review | Check out the highlights from Madhouse Enforcer's player reviews of a few select Blackhawks team members. Click on the player's name to see who makes the grade and who's got to go.
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Ben Smith |
Smith should not be asked to man anything more than a fourth line role to start next season.
John Scott | A severely limited player who can't really do anything but occasionally punch another player in the face, usually without any reason or results.
Jordan Hendry |
You know things are bad when you lament that "a guy" was so badly missed. Or underused. Or misused. But that's where we find ourselves today.
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Nick Leddy |
nLeddy still shows far too much promise to give up on.
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Chris Campoli |
nWhile Campoli certainly found a home in the Hawks' up-tempo style, the team already possesses three defensemen who fit his job description of a quick, rushing, offensively capable blue-liner (if indeed Nick Leddy is that right now).
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Niklas Hjalmarsson |
How's that Paula Abdul song go? "Two steps forward, and two steps back"? That's kind of how it feels with Hammer these days.
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Brian Campbell |
No player gets Hawks fans screaming at each other and thinking the other has suffered a stroke more than Brian Campbell. And it's mostly due to his paycheck.
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Brent Seabrook |
nBrent Seabrook had an up-and-down season in every sense of the term. He was hurt at times, dealing with ever-rotating partners that were either re-enacting The Humpty Dance on ice or didn't make sense.
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Corey Crawford |
nA lot of us doubted that Crow would get to lead things off as the team's No. 1 goaltender, but here we are.
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Marty Turco |
nHe wasn't expensive, was desperate to scratch out one more good season to earn one last contract and would be playing behind a defense that would shield him from being bombarded. And none of it worked.
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Duncan Keith |
nIn hindsight - a sight one should never use -- it was always going to be asking a bit much to have Duncan Keith top a season in which he won a gold medal, Stanley Cup and Norris Trophy (and he probably should have won the Conn Smythe too, as Toews didn't score in the last 10 games. But that's another debate for another time).
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Marcus Kruger |
Stan Bowman will be desperate to prove that Kruger is ready for the big leagues, but he simply isn't.
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Jeremy Morin |
Morin from jump street in training camp showed offensive instincts that you simply can't teach.
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Ryan Johnson |
Wouldn't be a step back to bring Johnson back, but it wouldn't be a step forward either.
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Jake Dowell |
We didn't expect much, were pleasantly surprised, and then pretty disappointed when it was all over. Not easy to do that in just six months of a season, but Jake managed it.
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Fernando Pisani |
He came, he played, he didn't really waver much from the "meh" category, and now he'll be on his way somewhere else.
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Viktor Stalberg |
You look at the physical gifts of a player, and you just think, "If they ever figure this out, they will be scary."
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Troy Brouwer |
When Troy Brouwer whiffed on a check in Montreal, stumbled, and crashed into the boards further injuring his shoulder, it summed it up better than I ever could. Because after a breakout year in 2009-2010, with free agency looming, Brouwer just kind of whiffed on the whole year.
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Bryan Bickell |
When it comes to certain players, no amount of stats will make me disbelieve what I see with my eyes, even though the end result may justify everything. And it's a very easy argument to make that for the league minimum salary, Bickell's 17 goals and 37 points are just about the best bargain in the league.
Dave Bolland|
Full disclosure: As readers of Second City Hockey know, Dave Bolland is my favorite Hawk.
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Michael Frolik |
He wasn't the big forward we had craved, but we looked at his age and two 20-goal seasons and thought he might be an answer if not the answer. Was he? You could make a case for both sides.
Thomas Kopecky |
Tomas Kopecky will never be viewed as anything but a running mate in this town.
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Patrick Sharp |
If you're like me, there's a part of you that can't quite warm all the way up to Patrick Sharp simply because he's 385 times more handsome than all of us. But beyond that, as a hockey fan, we all love Patrick Sharp because we've watched him grow up.
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Marian Hossa |
After two seasons where he's run the gamut from Force of God to completely invisible, from being Mr. Healthy to Mr. Bill, essentially there are few Hawks fans who know what to make of Hossa. I certainly can't help you.
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Patrick Kane |
Perhaps no one symbolized the muted and frustrating efforts of the Hawks as a whole more than Patrick Kane.
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Patrick Toews |
It's hard for Jonathan Toews to take a misstep around these parts. He is everything a Hawks fan could ask for, and the promise of what he will bring (and has already) seems to lord over all.
Joel Quenneville |
Yes, last year's team seemed pretty auto-pilot at times, and a coach probably only had to get out of the way to ensure that team's success.
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Stan Bowman |
While Stan's name will be on the Cup, that was Dale Tallon's team. Tallon had made all the draft picks and free agent signings, and Stan Bowman's only contribution to last year's team was the acquisition of Kim Johnsson from Minnesota.
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