NHL Preview 2011-2012: Key to Success for Chicago Blackhawks’ Daniel Carcillo

September 3rd, 2011 by Kyle Wahlgren Leave a reply »
With training camp around the corner following a pretty relaxing offseason, many have to imagine how the Chicago Blackhawks intend on utilizing Daniel Carcillo.  It obviously has been made clear that he will fill the role of the 'Hawks "goon," but is that it?

Carcillo is a minimal offensive threat and that is an easy assessment. 

The last 'Hawk to effectively master the art of being able to "get under the skin" of the opposition on a nightly basis was Adam Burish.  Night in, night out, Burish constantly drove the competition to the penalty box or caused hesitation in the corners.  

Carcillo brings that same kind of high energy to the ice, along with a sense of reckless abandon to the fourth line.  While it is assumed that there will be plenty of healthy scratches throughout the season, he will add that layer of protection over the upper echelon of talent that the Hawks have.

Games were lost many times last season due to the lack of physicality on the forecheck.  By adding the few positives that Carcillo actually can bring to the ice, the team may be able to focus more on that high-octane offens ...

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