Chicago Blackhawks’ 2017-18 Midterm Grades For Forward Corps

By Randy Holndoner
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Jonathan Toews: B- (40 games, 28 points, 11G, 17A, plus-7)

Everyone was hoping for a boost for the captain when Brandon Saad came back to town, but that still has not been the case.  Toews is second on the team in points, but he should have more than 28 points.

His saving grade factor is that his faceoff win percent is 58.1.  He’s taken a one-third of the team’s faceoffs this year.  Without him, the team has a 44.2 percent faceoff win ledger.

Nick Schmaltz: B (36 games, 27 points, 9G, 18A, plus-8)

This was to be a big year for the 21-year-old.  He started the season centering the second line.  After a short injury stint, he was pushed to left wing on that line, until Artem Anisimov was injured.  Now he is back at center for that line.

He’s had chemistry with Kane, but he still needs to work on his faceoffs (40 percent).  It is quite an improvement from the 30.7 percent from last year.

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Artem Anisimov: B – (36 games, 18 points, 13G, 5A, plus-1)

Anisimov, when not hit with the injury bug, has been the best player on the team to be a pillar in front of opposing goalies.  He is second on the team in goals for that very reason, in place for juicy rebounds.

He doesn’t show on the scoresheet all the time because he is busy screening the goalie and letting the puck cycle elsewhere.  His faceoff win percentage has climbed a bit to 47.06 from last year as well.

David Kampf: C (5 games, 0G, 1A, minus-1)

Kampf, though through only five games, has been solid.  He had a good showing in the game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night.  He picked up his first assist in New York the game before.

More so, it seems that he has helped Patrick Sharp find his scoring touch again , as he has scored goals in his last two games.  His faceoff win percentage is 46.3.

Tommy Wingels: B (37 games, 11 points, 5G, 6A, minus-3)

Whether it is the “native son” in him, being from Evanston, Wingels has been a spark plug on this Blackhawks team.  Part of the fourth line dubbed, the “rnergy line,” Wingels has performed well.

He is a big part of the penalty kill unit as well, and has been a very good replacement for Marcus Kruger.  He’s tallied two short-handed goals already this year.