A Blackhawks Fan's Guide to the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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A Blackhawks Fan’s Guide to the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Chicago Blackhawks

Blackhawks fans have lots of reasons to keep up with the playoffs this season, just not because our team is in the fight. Most of the teams playing in the postseason will have former Blackhawks on their roster, so you can choose a familiar face to get behind for a couple months.

You can view the entire schedule for the first round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs here.

But the Blackhawks have at least one other consideration in these playoffs. Chicago acquired one pick in the 2023 NHL Draft before the trade deadline this year that has some playoff-related contingencies attached.

Here’s a complete breakdown of the former Blackhawks players who are hoping to have their name engraved on the Stanley Cup at the end of the dance. We’ll start in the Eastern Conference.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

  1. Boston Bruins – none
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs – Jake McCabe, Sam Lafferty, David Kampf, Erik Gustafsson, Justin Holl
  3. Tampa Bay Lightning – Brandon Hagel
  4. Florida Panthers – Anthony Duclair, Gustav Forsling

Note: Brent Seabrook is still technically on the Lightning’s payroll.

Metropolitan Division

  1. Carolina Hurricanes – Teuvo Teravainen, Calvin de Haan, Antti Raanta
  2. New Jersey Devils – assistant coach Andrew Brunette (no active players)
  3. New York Rangers – Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte, Wyatt Kalynuk
  4. New York Islanders – Richard Panik

Western Conference

Central Division

  1. Colorado Avalanche – Jack Johnson
  2. Dallas Stars – Max Domi, Fredrik Olofsson, Dylan Wells
  3. Minnesota Wild – Marc-André Fleury, Ryan Hartman
  4. Winnipeg Jets – none

Pacific Division

  1. Vegas Golden Knights – Byron Froese
  2. Edmonton Oilers – Mattias Janmark
  3. Los Angeles Kings – Phillip Danault
  4. Seattle Kraken – Eddie and Nick Olczyk (no active players)

Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab