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6 Blackhawks Players Who Are Currently on the Hot Seat

By Tony Gianares
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 19: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawkswatches from the bench as his teammates take on the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on February 19, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 19: Artem Anisimov #15 of the Chicago Blackhawkswatches from the bench as his teammates take on the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center on February 19, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – MARCH 13: Brendan Perlini #11 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Scotiabank Arena on March 13, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Brendan Perlini

Brendan Perlini had a very inconsistent showing with the Blackhawks during the 2018-19 season. Although, it technically wasn’t all his fault.

Colliton bounced Perlini around the lineup pretty regularly. It’s hard to produce when you’re stuck on the 4th line alongside Chris Kunitz and Marcus Kruger.

Perlini shined when he got the opportunity to play with Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome on the 2nd line. The DeBrincat-Strome-Perlini line had a fantastic stretch in March and Perlini was even named the 2nd Star of the Week.

https://twitter.com/NBCSBlackhawks/status/1107752707585175553

Other than this hot streak back in March, Perlini did little else to impress. It is for this reason that Brendan Perlini is on the hot seat. Will he crumble under pressure or rise above and prove himself worthy?

He is currently a restricted free agent and I am expecting the Blackhawks to sign him to a short term “prove it” deal. If it works out then great, but if not, then no harm is done.

The 2019 NHL offseason hasn’t officially started yet, but the Blackhawks definitely have their work cut out for them. Maybe some of the players previously mentioned will extinguish the flames on each of their respective hot seats, and ease some of the pressure off of themselves and the Blackhawks’ front office.

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