Chicago will be welcoming back Kris Versteeg, a veteran winger of the Blackhawks, from the Florida Panthers. In addition, the Hawks acquired forward Philippe Lefebvre in exchange for prospects Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen.
Versteeg is a great acquisition for the Hawks, as he was a key member of the 2010 Blackhawks who won the Stanley Cup.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman commented, “We’re really excited. Looking at our team this year, we’re off to a really good start. We came out of the gates the way we wanted to, but we’re always trying to improve. Looking at our team, we felt adding one more versatile forward to our group (was necessary).”
Versteeg currently has two goals and five assists recorded during the last 18 games with the Panthers this season. So, he may not be comparable to the leaders for the Hawks when it comes to goal points, but his ability to land a great assist will be beneficial to Chicago.
The Hawks have pretty good depth when it comes to forwards, so it will be interesting to see where Versteeg finds his niche for the team. It will also be of interest to see how this acquisition of a new skater in the Hawks’ lineup will go in terms of the fluidity of the team’s chemistry.
The Hawks seem to be finding their stride this season and are totaling five goal-games on the regular. Sometimes, a new guy can come in and throw off the balance initially. However, the benefit of Versteeg is that he has already skated with a majority of the players out on the ice in a Blackhawks uniform. It may take some time initially to find the right matchups within specific lines, but I think Versteeg will mesh nicely with the rest of the team and contribute to Chicago’s overall success.
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