NHL 19: Chicago Blackhawks Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

Can you take the Chicago Blackhawks to glory with this roster?


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The dynasty that dominated the NHL and won three Stanley Cups in six years looks to be coming to its conclusion finally. A new era has now begun with Joel Quenneville out and Jeremy Colliton behind the bench, but there’s little doubt that this will be their second consecutive season without playoff hockey after nine consecutive postseason campaigns. 

Patrick Kane, Right Wing, 91 OVR

Age: 29
Role: Right Wing Sniper
Height: 180cm
Weight: 80kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: 97 Deking, Hand-Eye, Puck Control 

The youngest, and arguably the most talented, of the core of the latest Blackhawks dynasty, Patrick Kane still performs to the highest level each season, regardless of the quality of his surrounding cast. Last season, the American sniper notched 27 goals and 76 points, following up with 13 goals and 30 points through his first 26 games of this season. 

Duncan Keith, Defenseman, 86 OVR

Age: 35
Role: Two-Way Defenseman
Height: 185cm
Weight: 87kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: 93 Passing. 90 Deking, Puck Control, Stick Checking, Poise, Acceleration, Agility, Endurance, Speed, Durability 

Every team that aspires to be the best needs that elite-level defenseman to munch minutes and be a major influence on the ice; Duncan Keith was, and still is that defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks. Signs of age are beginning to show, but he’s still a world-class puck mover, with 30 assists last season and nine in 27 games of this campaign.

Corey Crawford, Goaltender, 88 OVR

Age: 33
Role: Hybrid Goaltender
Height: 188cm
Weight: 98kg
Shoots: Left
Best Stats: 92 Vision. 91 Angles, Recover, Rebound Control 

Hailed as the unsung hero of the Chicago Blackhawks’ dominance, Corey Crawford has been a reliable, steadfast goaltender over the last eight seasons, and continues to put in decent performances today despite the lack of assistance from his skaters. He had an unflattering 3.18 goals against average but a fair – when you consider the state of the team – .901 save percentage through 16 starts. 

NHL 19 Chicago Blackhawks Roster

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Chicago Blackhawks’ first lines start. With Patrick Kane on the second line and Jonathan Toews pivoting the top line, the Blackhawks still rock a one-two attack. Alex DeBrincat broke out last season and has been rewarded with some crazy attribute numbers to make him a very user-friendly and to make his overall rating incredibly deceiving.

Brandon Saad (83) – Jonathan Toews (87) – Alex DeBrincat (83)
Duncan Keith (86) – Brent Seabrook (82)
Corey Crawford (88)

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Best Stats

Jonathan Toews

87

Two-Way Center

188cm

30

Left

95 Poise. 93 Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking

*Nick Schmaltz

83

Two-Way Center

183cm

22

Right

90 Discipline. 87 Deking, Passing, Hand-Eye, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Wrist Shot Accuracy

Alex DeBrincat

83

Center Sniper

170cm

20

Right

95 Discipline. 93 Deking. 92 Acceleration, Speed

Brandon Saad

83

Two-Way Left Wing

185cm

25

Left

88 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy, Wrist Shot Power, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Deking, Hand-Eye

Brent Seabrook

82

Two-Way Defenseman

191cm

33

Right

90 Endurance. 88 Stick Checking, Balance, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Durability, Strength

Artem Anisimov

81

Two-Way Center

193cm

30

Left

90 Discipline. 88 Balance, Strength

Jan Rutta

80

Defensive Defenseman

191cm

28

Right

86 Slap Shot Power, Strength, Balance, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking

Connor Murphy

80

Defensive Defenseman

193cm

25

Right

87 Balance, Strength, Stick Checking

Chris Kunitz

80

Two-Way Left Wing

183cm

38

Left

88 Body Checking, Aggressiveness, Strength, Balance, Slap Shot Power

Brandon Manning

79

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

28

Left

88 Aggressiveness. 86 Slap Shot Power. 85 Defensive Awareness, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Balance, Endurance, Speed, Wrist Shot Power, Body Checking, Durability, Strength

John Hayden

78

Power Forward Center

191cm

23

Right

87 Balance, Strength. 86 Aggressiveness

Marcus Kruger

78

Two-Way Center

183cm

28

Left

85 Slap Shot Power, Durability, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Stick Checking, Shot Blocking

Erik Gustafsson

77

Two-Way Defenseman

183cm

26

Left

86 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power. 85 Stick Checking, Discipline, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Durability

David Kampf

76

Two-Way Center

188cm

23

Left

85 Balance Durability, Strength, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

Andreas Martinsen

75

Grinder Center

191cm

28

Left

89 Balance, Strength. 88 Aggressiveness, Body Checking

Brandon Davidson

75

Defensive Defenseman

188cm

27

Left

84 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Strength, Shot Blocking

Dylan Sikura

73

Playmaker Center

180cm

23

Left

85 Durability. 84 Slap Shot Power, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Victor Ejdsell

73

Right Wing Power Forward

196cm

23

Left

83 Strength. 82 Defensive Awareness, Offensive Awareness, Speed

Cam Ward

81

Hybrid Goaltender

185cm

34

Left

87 Vision, Aggressiveness, Poke Check, Breakaway

*Nick Schmaltz traded to the Arizona Coyotes on November 25.

Gustav Forsling, Defenseman, 76 OVR

Age: 22
Role: Offensive Defenseman
Height: 183cm
Weight: 84kg
Shoots: Left
Potential: Top 6 med

Gustav Forsling could make a claim for this Chicago Blackhawks roster in NHL 19 with lofty numbers in passing, puck control, and his speed stats. However, his lack of shooting accuracy makes the offensive defenseman a bit frustrating early on. With time in the NHL, these attributes are sure to improve, making him a serviceable defenseman for the second or third defensive pairing.

With Adam Boqvist boasting the potential to become one of the best blueliners in the game, the Blackhawks have amassed a few decent defensive prospects. Henri Jokiharju and Nicolas Beaudin also boast strong potential and futures in the big league. But, for the most part, this is a weak and uninspiring prospect pool drained by years of success and in need of renovation.

NHL 19 Chicago Blackhawks Top Prospects

Name

Overall Rating

Position/Role

Height

Age

Shoots

Potential

Niklas Nordgren

56

Two-Way Right Wing

175cm

18

Right

Top 9 med

Philipp Kurashev

60

Playmaker Center

180cm

18

Left

Bottom 6 med

Nicolas Beaudin

61

Offensive Defenseman

178cm

18

Left

Top 4 med

Adam Boqvist

69

Offensive Defenseman

180cm

18

Right

Elite med

Mackenzie Entwistle

59

Right Wing Power Forward

188cm

19

Right

AHL Top 6 high

Jakub Galvas

63

Two-Way Defenseman

180cm

19

Right

Top 6 med

Henri Jokiharju

70

Two-Way Defenseman

180cm

19

Right

Top 4 med

Jake Ryczek

50

Two-Way Defenseman

178cm

20

Right

AHL Top 2 med

Tim Soderlund

59

Two-Way Center

173cm

20

Left

Top 9 med

Roope Laavainen

60

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

20

Right

AHL Top 2 med

Mathias From

62

Two-Way Right Wing

185cm

20

Right

Top 9 med

Lucas Carlsson

60

Two-Way Defenseman

183cm

21

Left

7th D med

Radovan Bondra

62

Right Wing Sniper

196cm

21

Left

Bottom 6 med

Nathan Noel

66

Two-Way Center

183cm

21

Right

Bottom 6 med

Graham Knott

67

Two-Way Left Wing

191cm

21

Left

Bottom 6 med

Alexandre Fortin

67

Two-Way Center

183cm

21

Left

Bottom 6 med

Alexis Gravel

57

Hybrid Goaltender

188cm

18

Right

Backup med

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