• Jack P.

One Sentence Review on Every Blackhawks Player this Season

Since the Blackhawks season has come to an end, us Hawks fans have been watching the Stanley cup playoffs and probably having flashbacks to the 2010-2015 years. I thought I'd write a one-sentence review on every player that ended this season on the active roster (which does not include guys like Hagel and Fleury). So, without further redo, let's get into it.


FORWARDS

Henrik Borgstrom- Borgstrom was looking like he would have a mediocre year with some potential on the offensive end, but things didn't go his way this year.


Kirby Dach- A lot of people were expecting a breakout year from Dach but that did not happen and I am giving him one more year to prove himself as the 3rd overall pick in 2019.


Alex DeBrincat- DeBrincat's season was truly incredible on the goal-scoring side of things and has proved to be a potential Rocket Richard winner in the future of his career.


Mackenzie Entwistle- Unfortunately he dealt with some minor injuries which put him out for a significant amount of games, but was very noticeable in the games that he played in and is not afraid to get in the dirty areas.


Reese Johnson- Fresh off of a 2-year contract, we will see Johnson be a big part to the fourth line and the physical side of the Blackhawks in the future.


Tyler Johnson- I was hoping for more production from Johnson but he had a neck injury that put him out for about 3/4 of the year but was very good when he came back from his surgery at the end of the year.


Patrick Kane- Kane was terrific as always and was once again the team's MVP, and I am optimistic, as well as the Hawks organization, that he will be part of this team until he retires.



Boris Katchouk- Katchouk was a good piece to the fourth line, he is still very young, and he was also a very solid player when he came over from Tampa for the Hagel trade.


Jujar Khaira- Khaira had an unfortunate season as he dealt with injuries the entire season and only played about the first quarter of the season, but he did produce in his limited time.


Dominik Kubalik- He was the most disappointing player this season in my opinion, but he is still young and I expect the organization to move on from him in this upcoming off-season.


Phillip Kurashev- Kurashev is one of the guys that was getting a lot of scoring chances but was unlucky with hitting the post a few times and goalies robbing him, but I expect Kurashev to be a piece to the next great Hawks team.


Sam Lafferty- Lafferty brought so much energy and passion to this team and he is the definition of what this young locker room needs, bringing grit and the competitive nature to his game and this team (also a huge steal in the Nylander trade back in January).


Taylor Raddysh- Raddysh had an immediate impact on the power play and offense when he came in the Hagel trade, and I expect him to be a big part of this organization moving forward.


Dylan Strome- Strome was such a big part of the team this year and is a great complimentary piece to Kane and DeBrincat and I hope he gets an extension this summer.


Jonathan Toews- Obviously, Toews came off of a season where he did not play a single game, but it is always great to have your captain back in the locker room, even though he did not put up his usual numbers.


DEFENSEMEN

Calvin De Haan- De Haan was a good veteran guy to have, but all he really did was block shots which goalies appreciate.


Erik Gustafsson- I think the only reason why Gustafsson finished the year with the team was to show the youngins what not to do.


Caleb Jones- Jones was a good offensive defenseman for the most part, and we can possibly see him playing with his brother Seth Jones for years to come.


Seth Jones- Seth Jones was by far the best defensemen on the team this past season and will be a huge part to the blue line in all 8 years of his contract.



Jake McCabe- McCabe was very good on defense and contributed in a good way to the penalty kill, he also added good veteran presence.


Connor Murphy- Murphy went down with an injury late in the season, but in his time this season he was a very good two way defensemen with Seth Jones on his side.


Riley Stillman- Stillman was everything that you would look for in a physical defensemen, while adding a few goals on his point total.


Alex Vlasic- Vlasic had a small sample size, but he made the most of it and was very good in the AHL with Rockford.


GOALIES

Collin Delia- Delia had a limited amount of starts in net and he had shown flashes of good saves but for the most part, he was pretty bad.


Kevin Lankinen- Lankinen got most of the load after Fleury was traded and had a handful of very good games and some pretty poor games, letting in easy shots.


Arvid Soderblom- Soderblom only had a few starts and was pretty mediocre but he was put in some pretty tough situations against some good teams.


-Jack P. (IG: @jackpolkow / Twitter: @polkowjack)

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