The 2013-14 Blackhawks roster

By Tim Sassone

Here’s a glance at the Blackhawks’ roster for the 2013-14 season, and a comment on each player.

2 — Duncan Keith, D

Cap hit: $5.5 million

After a dominating performance in the playoffs, Keith is hoping to pick up where he left off.

4 — Niklas Jhalmarsson, D

Cap hit: $3.5 million

The most underrated player on the Hawks’ blue line and a premier shot blocker.

6 — Mike Kostka, D

Cap hit: $625,000

Will fill a depth spot on the blue line and could be called upon at times for some power play action.

7 — Brent Seabrook, D

Cap hit: $5.8 million

Coaching staff would like Seabrook to use his big shot more on the power play.

8 — Nick Leddy, D

Cap hit: $2.7 million

Hawks want this 22-year-old defenseman to take his game to the next level.

10 — Patrick Sharp, LW

Cap hit: $5.9 million

Had a great camp and is definitely motivated to make the Canadian Olympic team.

16 — Marcus Kruger, C

Cap hit: $1.3 million

Only 23 years old, he’s a penalty killing whiz whose offense is starting to come.

17 — Sheldon Brookbank

Cap hit: $1.3 million

Depth defenseman who isn’t afraid to stick up for teammates and use his size (6-foot-1, 202 pounds).

19 — Jonathan Toews, C

Cap hit: $6.3 million

There are no weaknesses in his game, which makes him one of the premier leaders in hockey.

20 — Brandon Saad, LW

Cap hit: $894,000

He’s a versatile forward with good size and deceiving skill, with a lot of maturity at age 20.

22 — Jimmy Hayes, RW

Cap hit: $875,000

Has the size (6-6, 221) to be the next Bryan Bickell. Scored 4 points in 10 games last season.

26 — Michal Handzus, C

Cap hit: $1 million

The popular Handzus will start the season at No. 2 center. Had 11 points in 23 playoff games last spring.

27 — Johnny Oduya, D

Cap hit: $3.4 million

A perfect complement to partner Hjalmarsson, Oduya turns 32 on opening night.

28 — Ben Smith, RW

Cap hit: $563,000

Gritty winger played in only 1 regular-season game last year, but he has finally earned his shot.

29 — Bryan Bickell, LW

Cap hit: $4 million

Can he be the same dominating force he was as a power forward in the playoffs with 17 points?

32 — Michal Rozsival, D

Cap hit: $2.2 million

Veteran presence on the blue line who played big in the biggest Hawks games last season.

39 — Nikolai Khabibulin, G

Cap hit: $2 million

Can the Blackhawks get 25-30 solid games from the veteran? Stay tuned. Has 46 career shutouts.

42 — Joakim Nordstrom, RW

Cap hit: $766,667

Came out of nowhere to make the team, partly because of his chemistry with Kruger on penalty kill.

50 — Corey Crawford, G

Cap hit: $2.7 million

Finally got the recognition he deserves by winning the Stanley Cup. Was 19-5-5 last season.

52 — Brandon Bollig, LW

Cap hit: $575,000

Fighting is his forte but he also has decent skill. Led Hawks with 51 penalty minutes in 25 games last year.

65 — Andrew Shaw, C

Cap hit: $578,000

Gritty center is always in the middle of the action. Accounted for 9 points in the NHL playoffs.

81 — Marian Hossa, RW

Cap hit: $5.3 million

After battling through concussion, shoulder and back woes, he must stay healthy for Hawks to repeat.

88 — Patrick Kane, RW

Cap hit: $6.3 million

World-class skilled winger elevates his game a little every year, and earned Conn Smythe in the playoffs.

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