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Chicago Blackhawks’ Top 10 American-Born Players

By Colin Likas
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Jun 13, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) during the first period at game five of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 8: Brandon Saad, LW, 2011-15

It feels weird having Saad on this list considering how quickly his Blackhawks tenure came and went. But he made quite the impact in what turned out to be a short time with Chicago.

Saad hit double digits in points and assists in each of his four seasons with the Blackhawks, earning All-Star honors in his rookie season and finishing third in Calder Trophy voting. He also earned Lady Byng Memorial Trophy votes in 2015.

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Saad had just six points in 23 games during the Blackhawks’ 2013 Cup run, but he was a big part of the 2015 crew. Playing minutes with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, Saad potted eight goals with three assists while really coming into his own.

He finished with 67 goals and 93 assists in his four seasons with the Blackhawks, leaving us to wonder what might’ve been as he came into his prime.

No. 7: Carl “Cully” Dahlstrom, C, 1937-45

Dahlstrom spent his entire NHL career with the Blackhawks, and his eight-season run was an impressive one. The Blackhawks knew they had someone special when Dahlstrom won the Calder Trophy in 1938.

Dahlstrom potted career bests in goals (20) and assists (22) in his second-to-last NHL season and was part of the Blackhawks’ 1938 Stanley Cup winner as a rookie. For his career, Dahlstrom boasted 94 goals and 126 assists.

He had some postseason troubles, being held without a goal in three of five playoff runs. But spending his entire career with Chicago and making meaningful contributions throughout the entire time puts him squarely on to this list.

Next: Nos. 6-5

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