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Greg’s Report Cards: Bryan Bickell

By Greg Boysen

GP   G   A   P   +/-   PIM   PPG   SHG   GWG   SOG   S%

71    9   15  24   -3      48        0          0            0          84    10.7        Regular Season

6      2     0    2    -1        4          1          0            1          14     14.3         Playoffs

Contract Status:  Signed through 2012-2013 ($541,667 cap hit)

Bryan Bickell was the biggest disappointment and one of the most frustrating players to watch of the 2011-2012 season.  Before the season started I wrote an article about where the Blackhawks scoring depth would come from.  I chose 3 “secondary” players who I thought would score 20 goals.  I picked Bickell, Andrew Brunette and Michael Frolik.  Whoops! Bickell was a logical choice considering he was coming off a season where he scored a career high 17 goals.  I felt he was ready to take that next step but I was dead wrong.  Bickell was invisible for a great majority of the season.  As I watch the New Jersey Devils playoff run and I see what David Clarkson has been doing all season, I wish that was  what Bickell was doing.  For whatever reason he refuses to use his 6′ 4″, 223 lbs frame to his advantage.  Sure, we see flashes of him getting in front of the net and laying out people but they are very small flashes.  Bickell was good the last couple weeks of the season and had himself a nice playoff series, but where was this all season long?  Next season will be a make or break year for Bryan’s career.  He will be a free agent after the year and what he does will go a long way on if he is to stay in Chicago or try his luck elsewhere.

2011-2012 Final Grade:  D