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Chicago Blackhawks Playing for a New Contract This Season

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06: Chicago Blackhawks Center Dylan Strome (17) celebrates his goal with Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Alex DeBrincat (12) and Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 6, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 06: Chicago Blackhawks Center Dylan Strome (17) celebrates his goal with Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Alex DeBrincat (12) and Chicago Blackhawks Right Wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 6, 2019, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via 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 was drafted 12th overall in 2014 by the Arizona Coyotes. The former first-round pick has not been able to play with any consistency in the NHL yet. He is still young, 23, but the lack of production does stand out.

Perlini played 46 games with the Blackhawks last season while putting up 15 points during that time. He also had a -12 ± rating and averaged 10:36 minutes of ice time with the Blackhawks in 2018-19.

I do not think Brendan Perlini is going to demand a lot of money from the Blackhawks at the end of this season.

However, at the same time, Perlini might not rejoin the Blackhawks at all, if this season does not go well. He might choose to play elsewhere to gain more ice-time.

Recently, there have been other players in that same position who ended up on different teams. Tomas Jurco and Anthony Duclair left the Blackhawks after a season or two. Perlini might follow that path.

Brendan Perlini signed a one-year contract extension earlier this month for this season. The time is now for Perlini to begin his campaign for a contract in 2020-21.

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