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Chicago Blackhawks: 10 Predictions for 2016

By Andrew Facemyer
Nov 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) reacts after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) reacts after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 27, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) and Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) fight for a puck in the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /

6. Artemi Panarin Will Win Calder Trophy

Dylan Larkin this. Dylan Larkin that. Blah blah blah. He plays for Detroit, so we all need to stop admitting that this kid is actually good (out loud). Regardless, Panarin still leads all rookies in points which is all those who choose the winner care about, right?

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The only (forward) winner to not (outright) lead all rookies in points since forever is a captain who has wondering elbows, no morals and is honestly not that good. We’re looking at you, James Neal. Wait. No. Gabriel Landeskog. Sorry for the confusion. Boy, that must’ve been a down year …

As a defenseman, the chance of you winning the Calder without taking your team’s hardest assignments are small unless you can score. Based on the seasons that Panarin and Larkin have had, the only defenseman who stood a chance is Philadelphia’s Shayne Gostisbehere, but he has slowed down severely since taking the NHL by storm in early October.

Next: Prediction #5

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