In the 2019-2020 season, Chicago Blackhawks updated the team, adding “Young Blood”. Selection work was carried out to optimize the composition of the team.
• Previously, the Blackhawks have acquired quarterback Olli Maatta from Pittsburgh in exchange for forward Dominik Kahun.
• Chicago also signed a contract with forward Dominik Kubalik. Previously, the Czech forward played for Ambri-Piotta in the Swiss Championship. He has 57 (25 + 32) points in 50 games.
• Forward Alexander Nylander joined the Hawks. The NHL’s 2019-20 regular, 21-year-old Nylander had 12 appearances and scored 4 (2 + 2) points at a -4 rating.
• The Blackhawks acquired a goalkeeper Malcolm Subban and a choice in the second round of the 2020 draft. Subban scored 9 wins in 20 games of the season with a 3.18 confidence rating and 89% rebounding.
• John Quenneville, a cousin of the Chicago head coach Joe Quenneville and a nephew of Boston defender Johnny Boychuk, also became a newcomer to Chicago.
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews the team about the changed and mentioned that veterans would have to adapt to them.
“It’s tough because I think our older guys like Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Corey Crawford and myself, I think you kind of get comfortable with your ways and how you do things over the years. I think you definitely have to grow and you have to adapt and part of that has just been kind of reassessing how we lead the team and what our daily approach has been like. Because it’s this kind of separation between a lot of the young guys that come in that never played a playoff game before and have to learn a lot of the little things. On the other hand, sometimes, as they say, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks so it’s hard to get out of your comfort zone and be a little bit more aware of the things that you’re doing, be a little bit more aware of the example that you’re setting, and how you interact with some of these younger guys‘ said Toews.