Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: Chicago Blackhawks

Alexander MacLean


Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Chicago Blackhawks

For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 19th 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 both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.


Gone Pius Suter, Brandon Pirri, David Kampf, Vinnie Hinostroza, Nikita Zadorov, Brent Seabrook, Adam Boqvist, Duncan Keith, Tim Soderlund, John Quenneville

Incoming Seth Jones, Caleb Jones, Jujhar Khaira, Tyler Johnson, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jake McCabe

Impact of changes – The Blackhawks made some wholesale changes, starting at their own net by acquiring recent Vezina winner Marc-Andre Fleury just for the price of taking on his cap hit. He instantly bumps Chicago into the playoff bubble, and that's before we get to the changes on defence. The big move was acquiring Seth Jones, who will step in on the top power play, and anchor the blue line for 25+ minutes a night.

The whole set of changes on the blue line wer