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Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman gives his season recap

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The general manager met with the media first on Monday morning.

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On Monday morning, Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman faced the media to wrap up a forgettable 2017-18 NHL season while looking ahead to the 2018-19 season.

High on the list of concerns for next season, Bowman said they’re expecting Corey Crawford to be back to full health after missing the second half of the 2017-18 season:

Bowman also expressed his frustration with the team’s current predicament, on the outside of the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

Bowman specifically mentioned the Hawks’ struggles on both the power play and penalty kill units. Chicago finished the season ranked 20th (79.24 percent) on the penalty kill and 29th (15.99 percent) with the man advantage:

There was a lot of talk about the underwhelming season turned in by Brandon Saad in his return to Chicago this season. But Bowman suggested that reaching any conclusions after only one season is premature:

Bowman also expressed faith in veteran defenseman Duncan Keith’s ability to be an effective NHL players despite his age:

And it doesn’t seem like Bowman is planning on making a big splash in the free agent market this offseason:

And some young defensive prospects in the organization have caught Bowman’s eye with their performances outside of Chicago this season: