By Jay Zawaski-

Now that the ugliness of the lockout is behind us, I’ve been spending most of my day (and NHL 13 video game season) contemplating how the 2013-13 (heh) Blackhawks will look and what we can expect from the season.

– I’m concerned about the top six.  Yes, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp are as solid a core as you’ll find.  It’s the depth behind them that worries me.  Stan Bowman still hasn’t deemed a number two center a necessity.  Since he doesn’t seem to see what the rest of the hockey world sees, it’s safe to assume Patrick Kane is your opening night second line center.  So let’s take a look at the potential top six.

XXX – Toews – Hossa

Sharp – Kane – XXX or Stalberg

I think it’s safe to throw Viktor Stalberg in one of the top two groups.  He’s a natural right winger, so let’s put him on that second line with Kane and Sharp.

For the rest Jay’s column from the Red Light District, please click here. Also, check out how hockey fans think the NHL can “make it right.”

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