Who will be the Blackhawks second line center next season?

There is no doubt that Chicago’s center core is thin, especially after losing Richards and Vermette this offseason.  The team has yet to resign RFA Marcus Kruger as well.  Chicago isn’t known for having great second line centers.  Some of them in the last few years include Michal Handzus and Dave Bolland.  The way I see it, there are three players fighting for the position.
#1 C Artem Anisimov –  Anisimov is a two way center that the Hawks acquired this offseason in a trade with Columbus.  He is 27 years old and was drafted 54th overall in 2006.  He has consistently produced more than 30 points a season playing for Columbus, but could that increase if he plays next to Patrick Kane?  Chicago thinks so as they agreed to a 5 year/ 22.75 million dollar contract that starts after next season.
#2 C/W Teuvo Teravainen –  Teravainen is a playmaking forward who played both center and wing during his rookie campaign last season.  He is just 20 years old and was drafted 18th overall in the 2012 draft.  The regular season was a little rough for Teravainen as he had only 9 points in 34 games, but produced in the playoffs with 10 points in 19 games.  The young player is constantly improving and has a good shot at Chicago’s top 6 next season.
#3 C/W Marko Dano –  Dano was acquired by Chicago in the same trade as Anismov.  Drafted 27th in 2013, this 20 year old shows potential as he got 21 points in 35 games on a non playoff team.  So could he do even better in Chicago?  He’s a natural right wing but looked good at center for Columbus last season.  He has just as good of a chance at getting this position as the other two.
Analysis –  Ultimately I think the second line center for Chicago will be Anisimov next season.  He played it in Columbus, and was on pace for 43 points.  Because Teravainen played wing last season, I think he will play top 6 left wing now that Sharp and Saad are gone.  Because Dano played well at center, I think third line center will be his job.  Another option for second line center is Andrew Shaw but I can’t see the Hawks playing a grinder in the top 6.  He will probably be a bottom 6 right wing.  Let me know if you agree with who I picked!


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