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5 Chicago Blackhawks Who Have Stepped Up in 2019-20

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 05: Connor Murphy #5 of the Chicago Blackhawks lands on top of Robby Fabbri #14 of the Detroit Red Wings as they slide into Corey Crawford #50 at the United Center on January 05, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 05: Connor Murphy #5 of the Chicago Blackhawks lands on top of Robby Fabbri #14 of the Detroit Red Wings as they slide into Corey Crawford #50 at the United Center on January 05, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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ST. LOUIS, MO. – DECEMBER 14: Chicago Blackhawks leftwing Brandon Saad (20) during an NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues on December 14, 2019, at Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO. – DECEMBER 14: Chicago Blackhawks leftwing Brandon Saad (20) during an NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues on December 14, 2019, at Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

3. Brandon Saad

Over the past month, the Chicago Blackhawks have lost players like Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw, Drake Caggiula, Calvin de Haan, and Brent Seabrook just to name a few. I would argue that the biggest loss was Saad.

Saad has been one of the best Blackhawks all season. Before getting hurt, Saad was not putting up incredible numbers, but he was playing in an all-around role for the team.

Brandon Saad has the best Fenwick percentage on the team with 52.2%. He really is beginning to look more like the player Blackhawks fans used to group him with.

Marian Hossa remains the biggest loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the past 5 years, but Brandon Saad, right now, is showcasing he can fill that role. Saad has been playing fast and big hockey, against some of the other team’s best players.

Fans will always question Jeremy Colliton’s moves, but moving Saad out of the top-6 will always remain towards the top of that list.

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