Analysis

This Blackhawks Player Could Be Secret Weapon in 2019-20

By Nick Meyers
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) /
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While he did not get much ice time this year, Dylan Sikura quietly put up solid numbers.  He is still looking for his first goal as a Chicago Blackhawk, but his performance in the 2018-19 campaign shows that he could lead him to a big year in 2019-20.

Possession

In 33 games, Dylan Sikura finished the season with impressive possession numbers.  His Corsi For at even strength was 55.1%, which is the highest on the team.  While Sikura was on the ice, team on ice shooting percentage (oiSV%) was 13.7%; also the highest on the team.

Even with such a small sample size, Sikura has the ability to control the puck and the environment.  Given these numbers, he could be a secret weapon on the 4th line.

High Quality Shots

Dylan Sikura showcased an incredible ability to take high quality shots from dangerous areas.  It might be hard to believe he has not scored a goal for Chicago yet, given his proclivity to find spaces.

He gets the puck on his stick and creates offensive opportunities.  The only thing that is missing for Sikura to break out could be a solidified roll.

According to Moneypuck, Sikura has the highest percentage of unblocked shots on goal (88.14%) amongst all skaters with at least 30 games played.

Opportunity

Dylan Sikura is currently an RFA that has a high ceiling.  In a situation where Kruger or Kampf are not resigned, Sikura could easily center the 4th line.

His ability to create space for himself and get the puck on his stick could be a huge asset in this forward group.

It also appears he wore out his welcome in the AHL.

If Dylan Sikura taps into his dormant potential, he could be Chicago’s secret weapon next year.  It is surprising given his eye for the puck that he has not found the back of the net just yet.

He can navigate the puck cleanly which should eventually lead to an offensive explosion.  The 4th line is up in the air, so the opportunity to shine is wide open.

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