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Chicago Blackhawks: Projecting Top Future Contributors

By Mario Tirabassi
Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Nick Schmaltz poses for a photo with team officials after being selected as the number twenty overall pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Nick Schmaltz poses for a photo with team officials after being selected as the number twenty overall pick to the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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While the Chicago Blackhawks are looking to continue their current success of three Stanley Cup championships in the last several years, there is also the notion that the success of the current core can only last for so long. Recently, the Blackhawks have hit a slump ahead of the Stanley Cup playoffs, looking like years off playoff battles are finally wearing on the core group of players. So who will be a part of the “new generation” of Chicago Blackhawks as they attempt to sustain the “dynasty” label the club has acquired over the last handful of years?

Playoff success comes with a toll

The core group of the Chicago Blackhawks that have been in town since the 2009-10 season, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marian Hossa, have played in most of the team’s regular-season and playoff games since the 2009-10 season, as well as in two separate Olympic hockey tournaments. That is a lot of hockey in a seven-year span for the core group of Blackhawks.

Game totals from 2009-10 through 2014-15:

  • Jonathan Toews: 532 Total Games (419 Reg., 100 Playoffs, 13 Olympic) / 88.67 Games Per Year
  • Patrick Kane: 526 Total Games (414 Reg., 100 Playoffs, 12 Olympic) / 87.67 Games Per Year
  • Duncan Keith: 564 Total Games (444 Reg., 99 Playoffs, 21 Olympic/World Championships) / 94 Games Per Year
  • Brent Seabrook: 551 Total Games (449 Reg., 95 Playoffs, 7 Olympic) / 91.8 Games Per Year
  • Niklas Hjalmarsson: 541 Total Games (435 Reg., 100 Playoffs, 6 Olympic) / 90.17 Games Per Year
  • Marian Hossa: 509 Total Games (397 Reg., 96 Playoffs, 16 Olympic/World Championships) / 84.8 Games Per Year

As the Italian stereotype of myself would say: “That’sa lota hockey!”

Check it out: Shaw and Panik are heating up

This core group will one day start to fade out and a new crop of Blackhawks will have to carry the torch as being one of the most dominant teams of the last decade. While players like Tuevo Teravainen and Trevor van Riemsdyk have played their way onto the Blackhawks’ regular roster early on in their careers, there are more prospects to come up and some that seem to be very promising who should make Blackhawks fans excited for the future. Let’s take a look at some of those guys.

Next: Five Key Prospects To Watch

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