Analysis

Blackhawks Will Need Breakthrough Seasons From These Players

By Tony Gianares
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 08: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Henri Jokiharju (28) looks on during a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Chicago Blackhawks on November 8, 2018, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 08: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Henri Jokiharju (28) looks on during a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Chicago Blackhawks on November 8, 2018, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 18: Dylan Sikura #95 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks to pass against the Ottawa Senatorsat the United Center on February 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Senators 8-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 18: Dylan Sikura #95 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks to pass against the Ottawa Senatorsat the United Center on February 18, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Senators 8-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Dylan Sikura

Heading into this season, Dylan Sikura was really hyped up by many people around the team. However, his results thus far have been mixed. While he creates tons of scoring opportunities for his teammates, and himself, he just can’t seem to put it all together. Sikura is an RFA, but at this point, I’m expecting the Blackhawks to strike a new deal with him.

The potential to be a solid contributor appears to be there with Dylan Sikura. He just needs to find a way to take things to the next level. Was he overhyped or will he figure things out this season? Only time will tell, but either way, we should have a better idea of the type of player he is this season.

While he has struggled a bit in the NHL, Sikura managed to put up respectable numbers in the AHL with the Rockford IceHogs last season. In 46 games with the IceHogs, he posted 35 points (17G, 18A) with a 7 ± rating.

Dylan Sikura may end up getting a “prove it” deal this offseason, so he needs to go out and show everyone the player he really is. He can’t afford to waste any more time. A breakout season would really go a long way with the fans and the organization.

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