Chicago’s 2017 sports scene saw multiple playoff runs, blockbuster trades and new faces to each and every team. After a mixed bag of results, we ranked each team based on how bright their 2018 could be.
Out of every sport in Chicago, the Cubs are the only team to go to three straight championship series appearances leading into this year. At the end of their season the Cubs had bullpen problems and quiet bats. After a couple moves during the Winter Meetings the Cubs may have shored up their bullpen, which has been causing problems at certain points in the past few seasons. With the talent on the roster and recent success they could have another great run next time around.
Although the Sky finished 12-22 in their 2017 campaign they have the third and fourth picks in the upcoming draft, along with the second pick in the second round. Moreover, the Sky finished 18-16 just in 2016, and with the potential to add future pieces to their franchise they could be in great spot to get back to the playoffs.
Of the three Chicago teams to make the playoffs the Blackhawks, like the Cubs, have recently playoff experience and a veteran front office to ensure future success. Even though the Blackhawks have been shaky at times this season they still have the same veteran players that lead them to a Stanley Cup Championship, and new young players who can lead them to another one.
After making big moves in the offseason the Fire have been brought back from the ashes. The Fire had three all stars and a Golden Boots winner, Nemanja Nikolic, in 2017. However, they could lose some of their all stars who are on expiring contracts and they may not live up to their past seasons success.
When looking forward to next season the Bulls may not have the brightest future because they are rebuilding, but will have Zach LaVine to go along with this teams growing success. It may seem like a distant memory, but the Bulls were in the playoffs a season ago, and sparked some interest after taking the first two games against the Celtics. The future looks brighter with each week, but the Bulls might not be playoff ready for a couple seasons.
There are too many question marks up for the Bears in 2018. Who will be head coach, will they fill the gap at receiver and can they put enough people around this young offense to succeed? These questions could all work themselves out, and Ryan Pace has shown he deserves some credit, but Bears fans have come to expect the worst.
7. White Sox
The Sox have arguable the brightest future of any team in Chicago with their string of seemingly successful trades, but those are years in the making. When all 162 have been played by next fall the White Sox will have a bad record, and will probably play bad baseball. A few years later this may not be the case.