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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SOUTH BEND, IN – JANUARY 01: Brendan Perlini #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks shoots the puck to score against the Boston Bruins in the first period during the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium on January 1, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND, IN – JANUARY 01: Brendan Perlini #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks shoots the puck to score against the Boston Bruins in the first period during the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium on January 1, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Brendan Perlini

Brendan Perlini will be an RFA this offseason, and I really believe they should bring him back. A player like Perlini can really help solidify the top-9. He is basically the prototypical NHL player with a combination of speed, scoring, and size, but hasn’t been able to put it all together yet.

Perlini has shown flashes of the goal scorer he was drafted to be, but inconsistencies have really hindered his development. His inconsistent play can be attributed to mismanagement in Arizona to start his career and not having a steady line to play on. After joining the Blackhawks via the Nick Schmaltz-Strome/Perlini trade, he bounced around from line to line and was even scratched a few times.

While he was paired with Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome on the 2nd line, we all saw the player Brendan Perlini could be. He showed natural chemistry with DeBrincat and Strome, while also finding the soft spots in the defense with ease. The DeBrincat-Strome-Perlini line could be the home he was looking for all this time.

If I was a betting man, I would be willing to bet that Brendan Perlini will at least get a “prove it” deal this offseason. His age, potential, and price point is too hard to pass up. Both Perlini and the Blackhawks would benefit from a breakout season.

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