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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MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 16: Chicago Blackhawks center David Kampf (64) waits for a faceoff during the Chicago Blackhawks versus the Montreal Canadiens game on March 16, 2019, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 16: Chicago Blackhawks center David Kampf (64) waits for a faceoff during the Chicago Blackhawks versus the Montreal Canadiens game on March 16, 2019, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

David Kampf

David Kampf is an interesting player. He thrived in a role that was supposed to be filled by Marcus Kruger. Our own, Stephen Yatsushiro, wrote a piece where he analyzed David Kampf. In the article, he explained that Kampf’s defensive prowess allowed Jonathan Toews to have a great season in 2018-19. himself going up against the opponents’ best centers on the faceoff dot every night.

While he didn’t exactly fill the stat sheet, David Kampf’s presence was felt in a big way. When Kampf was injured, the Blackhawks struggled and had a 7-6 record during that time. After he returned, the Blackhawks finished the season strong with a 9-4-2 record.

Next season, it will be important for Kampf to increase his scoring a bit. He only tallied 19 points (4G, 15A) in 63 games with a -6 ± rating. It’s time to pump those numbers up a bit. Another thing that could use some improvement is his FOW%, as he dropped down from 53% to 45.3%.

Final Thoughts

The recurring theme with these 5 players is that they have potential, but they need to tap into it. The Blackhawks are counting on these players to really help them get over the hump and become a playoff team again.

Smart spending during free agency, drafting the right players in the NHL Draft, and promoting from within the system will be a recipe for success. The Blackhawks have all of the ingredients in the recipe. Now, let’s see if they can execute that plan to perfection this offseason.

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