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Chicago Blackhawks’ Best At Each Sweater, Nos. 51-59

By Colin Likas
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Nov 5, 2015; San Jose, CA, USA; Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell (51) shoots the puck against the San Jose Sharks in the first period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports. /

There aren’t a host of good players for the Chicago Blackhawks in their history of these sweater numbers

We’ve reached a point in our countdown of the best to wear each number in Chicago Blackhawks history where not every number will be featured. The higher the number, the fewer the players who’ve worn it — at least as far as it relates to the Blackhawks.

No. 60 has never been donned by a Blackhawk, so we’ve got Nos. 51-59 today. And no more than six individuals have worn any one of those numbers. This isn’t because any of them have been retired, though, so you can guess we have some low quality among these digits.

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No. 51: D Brian Campbell (2008-11, 2016-present)

As far as quality goes, however, Campbell is a pretty good start for this section of the countdown. He’ll be wearing the 51 in Chicago this season after taking it for three seasons around the time coach Joel Quenneville came to the Windy City.

Campbell potted 117 points in 215 regular-season games in his three previous years in Chicago and also posted a plus-51 rating. He added another 18 points and a plus-13 rating in the postseason, helping the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup in 2010.

Campbell is a solid offensive defenseman who Q tried to use as a do-everything defender. And it worked to an extent, but Campbell’s tendencies were (and still are) to contribute offensively from the blue line. His return this year will still bolster Chicago’s D corps, though.

Next: Nos. 52 And 53

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