Chicago Blackhawks To Add Another Goaltender


The Chicago Blackhawks are currently in 6th place in the Central Division. Although they have more games played than their counterparts, they're very much in the mix to slide into first place. Their major flaw is goaltending which was an obvious issue after the departure of longtime goaltender Corey Crawford.

One could argue that the Blackhawks do not have an NHL caliber goaltender. The Blackhawks have been running a trio of Malcolm Subban, Kevin Lankinen, and Collin Delia. Rookie goaltender Lankinen has played quite well, maintaining a 0.935 SV% after handling most of the work load. However, Subban is maintaining a .889 SV% and Delia is maintaining a .863 SV%.

Teams must carry two capable goaltenders to compete by committee if they plan on having any relative success this season. The amount of games played in a short time span requires two capable goaltenders to be ready at all times. However, Lankinen is the only reliable goaltender on the roster, but he's started just 7 NHL games.

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports that the Blackhawks are looking at adding 21 year old Arvid Soderblom of the SHL's Skelleftea. He is the older brother of Detroit Red Wings prospect Elmer Soderblom. Arvid currently holds a 0.922 SV% and a 2.04 GAA in the SHL, but he's only 17 games into his first full pro season. It seems that the Blackhawks don't have much of a choice and need to take the risk. 

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