Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades 2018: Chicago Blackhawks



Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Chicago Blackhawks


For the last 15 years (12 with The Hockey News, last year’s via pinch-hitter Cam Robinson) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 16th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.



GoneVinnie Hinostroza, Jordan Oesterle, Anthony Duclair, Adam Clendening, J-F Berube, Tanner Kero, Lance Bouma, Cody Franson, Jeff Glass, Tomas Jurco, Michal Rozsival, Jordin Tootoo, Patrick Sharp


IncomingMarcus Kruger, Brandon Manning, Chris Kunitz, Cam Ward, Jordan Schroeder


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Impact of changes – The Blackhawks are handcuffed by the salary cap. This is the price of success and winning Stanley Cups while trying to keep the core together. The core ends up deserving massive contracts and to have $33 million tied up in four players or $55 million tied up in eight players makes it hard to stay flexible. So when that core starts to age or break down, you’re forced to pay off other teams so that they take some of your salary from you. You saw Chicago do this a couple of years ago with Carolina when they gave the Hurricanes Teuvo Teravainen in exchange for taking Brian Bickell and his hefty salary off their hands. GM Stan Bowman was forced to do it again this summer when he gave up a promising dark horse in Vinnie Hinostroza in exchange for Arizona taking Marian Hossa’s sal