3. Nick Schmaltz
After a season where the Blackhawks had an incredible second line in Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane, Nick Schmaltz showed up and became the second line center we didn’t know we needed.
He has speed, good hands and incredible playmaking ability. His ability to mesh with Debrincat and Kane this past year was huge. Schamltz took a big step last season and hopes to make another jump once again this year. In 78 games last year, Nick tallied 52 points on 21 goals and 31 assists.
2. Brandon Saad
Da Windy City
Brandon was drafted in the second round, 43rd overall, by the Hawks in 2011. He won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015. While he left for the Columbus Blue Jackets after the 2015 season, he was brought back in to try and reignite the magic between him and Toews.
While this didn’t quite work, it was just one season in which virtually everyone on the roster underperformed.
Saad only put up 35 points last season, but he had three 50 point seasons prior to that campaign. The hope is that he can get up to that level again next year.
Let’s all be honest. After seeing this list, who else did you think was number one? While I could supply a bunch of statistics which prove why Kane is the best American born Blackhawk of all time, and potentially the best American born hockey player of all time period, what fun would that be?
It’s the Fourth of July, so instead let’s just have some fun watching tape of why Kane is the greatest American born Blackhawk ever.