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Chicago Blackhawks: Alex DeBrincat is on a Legendary Pace

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CHICAGO, IL – MARCH 21: Artemi Panarin #72 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck in the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on March 21, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – MARCH 21: Artemi Panarin #72 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck in the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on March 21, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Artemi Panarin

Although Artemi Panarin didn’t spend much time in Chicago, he had a huge impact on the Blackhawks in the two seasons he was here.

Panarin was an elite scorer from the moment he stepped onto North American ice. In two short, but sweet seasons, he racked up an impressive 151 points (61G, 90A) with a 26 ± rating in 162 games.

Like Panarin, Alex DeBrincat has come into the league and put everyone on notice. When comparing the two players, Panarin bested DeBrincat in their first two seasons. However, DeBrincat did score more 8 more goals in the same time span.

Like many fans around the Chicagoland area, I still miss Artemi Panarin and think the Blackhawks made a mistake when they sent Panarin to Columbus to get Brandon Saad back.

That’s a different story for another time though. Let’s remember the good times we had with Artemi and leave it at that.

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