Bryan Bickell has been participating in the Chicago Blackhawks’ training camp, but that unfortunately doesn’t mean he’s completely over the vertigo symptoms that plagued him during the Stanley Cup Final.
“There [are] still symptoms over the course of different situations but I’m working on it every day to get better and better and hopefully it leaves sooner than later,” Bickell told CSN Chicago. “You just want to be out there. Then [over] the course of the summer you think things are getting better, then you kind of take a couple steps backwards. But I think these last couple weeks we’re taking the right steps and just need to stick with the system that’s working and hopefully it doesn’t have to take a couple steps backwards. Just keep moving forward.”
Bickell’s an important part of the Blackhawks’ supporting cast, especially after Chicago parted ways with forwards Daniel Carcillo, Kris Versteeg, Patrick Sharp, Antoine Vermette, Brad Richards, and Brandon Saad over the summer. That being said, Bickell also left something to be desired last season.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville thinks the 29-year-old can be “that power forward every team craves,” but he still needs to become more consistent. We did see a glimpse of what he’s capable of during the 2013 playoffs when he had 17 points in 23 contests. That didn’t carry forward into the 2013-14 campaign though and it remains the high water mark of his career.