We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 season kicks off. We’re going to do a Top 100 list of the all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down memory lane.
Bryan Bickell Career Stats (2004 2nd Round Selection 41st overall)
Game Winning Goals-7
Game Winning Goals-3
Let’s be real honest here Bryan Bickell doesn’t make any list about any Blackhawk for his regular season exploits. Bickell seems to get lost during the regular which is why he sometimes finds himself in the pressbox. Last season’s regular season crapfest appeared to be injury related, but it’s still a Blackhawks mystery that Bickell is a 6’4″ Power Forward that appears to be skating in Disney on Ice during the regular season. His best regular season may have been in 2013 when he played on a regular line with Andrew Shaw and Viktor Stalberg and even then he only managed 9 goals and 14 assists. Last season he was up and down the lineup and never found his groove.
The postseason is why Bickell is on this list, because like a super hero he transforms into a different player, a power forward that the Hawks look for on a nightly basis. Bickell throws his body around, parks himself in front of the net, and becomes a scoring machine. Bickell along with Jonathan Toews are the only Hawks to score 2 or more goals in each playoff season since 2011, and he has two playoff overtime winners in his career.
Bickell’s overtime goal against the Minnesota Wild in 2013 really set the tone for the Hawks in their run to the Stanley Cup.
Bickell’s great 2013 run forced the Hawks to reward him with a 4 year 4 million dollar contract, but maybe his biggest goal of the playoffs was the first of the two magical goals in 17 seconds on the way to the Hawks 2 Stanley Cup in 4 seasons.
Bickell still has three years left with the Hawks and lots of time to become a bigger Playoff legend, but we would like just a small glimpse of playoff Bickell during the regular season. Bickell finds himself at #91 in our countdown on playoff strength alone.
What do you think? Too high, Too low or shouldn’t make the countdown?
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