Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks’ Accomplishments To Watch In 2016-17

By Colin Likas
Apr 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 20, 2015; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) skates against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /

Marcus Kruger: 100 points, 400 games

Kruger’s previous season was mired in disappointment as a result of a broken wrist and a lot of line juggling. There’s a chance he has Hossa one one of his wings this season, which would probably result in Kruger contributing more than four points. He needs 12 to reach 100 for his career, something he’s done in every one of his NHL seasons (minus a tryout year in 2010-11).

If Kruger can stay healthy, he’ll also reach 400 games this season. He needs to play in 72 games, and after playing in 81 during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, we can say there’s a good chance he’ll play enough this season to reach 400.

Brandon Mashinter: 100 hits

Mashinter doesn’t score a whole lot, so it makes more sense to look at a more physical stat for him. Mashinter is at 90 career hits after posting 62 last season, his first with Chicago. His playing time could diminish with Jordin Tootoo in the fold, but 10 hits seems achievable anyway.

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Artemi Panarin: 50 goals, 100 games

The latter of these goals won’t be too hard for Panarin to achieve, as he’ll need to play in just 20 games to get to 100 for his brief NHL career. And honestly, if last season was any indication, getting to 50 career goals won’t be a huge trouble either. Panarin netted 30 in his rookie season, and he and Kane just look unstoppable on the same line.

Richard Panik: 50 points, 200 games

Even if Panik doesn’t pan out as a top-six guy that many fans want/expect him to be this season, he should still be able to hit 50 points for his career. He needs just three, something he could probably achieve by accident if he does get playing time alongside Jonathan Toews, Hossa and the like. He also needs just 19 games to reach 200 for his NHL career, so as long he isn’t hurt or eternally benched, he’ll get there as well.

Michal Rozsival: 1,000 games

This is going to be a really tough one for Rozsival. While some seem to think he’s just going to go to the minors or be a constant bench piece, we all know Coach Q won’t let Rozsival sit around forever. But 59 games? I’m not sure Rozi will be out there that often. That’s what he needs to get to 1,000 for his seemingly never-ending career.

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