They are the most successful team of the last decade, appearing in five grand finals and winning four Premiership flags – but are the Hawks a Premiership contender in 2018?
Coach Alistair Clarkson has built a dynasty since he took over in 2005, with the Hawks only missing the finals four times in that period.
But after a dramatic clean-out of club legends, and a twelfth-placed finish in 2017, is it fair to say the decade of dominance ended?
All-Australians Sam Mitchell, Jordan Lewis, Luke Hodge and Josh Gibson, Brian Lake and David Hale have either all retired or joined other clubs.
Despite signing Tom Mitchell, Jaeger O’Meara and Ty Vickery in 2017, O’Meara and Vickery only managed six games apiece as a result of injuries.
However, Mitchell was a stand-out, consistently notching more than 30 disposals, as well as winning the club’s best and fairest award for 2017.
The stats cruelled them: The club were ranked 16th in 2017 for contested possessions and averaged 20 less per game than the top-ranked Adelaide Crows.
In the past, the Hawks could rely on the likes of Mitchell and Lewis, however it’s now a different story as they turn to youngsters, Will Langford, Jonathan O’Rourke and Daniel Howe.
Their inexperienced young crop of talent can play a role in Hawthorn playing finals football in 2018, but all will depend on their development as AFL footballers.
Hawthorn will depend highly on club veterans, Cyril Rioli, Ben Stratton, Paul Puopolo and Grant Birchall who all failed to play 10 games last year.
Add a fit Jaeger O’Meara and a reinvigorated James Sicily and they have the potential to, at very worst, make the eight again.