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Chicago Blackhawks: The 4 Best One Year Players

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John Madden, Chicago Blackhawks
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The Chicago Blackhawks have had many players step in and make an impact for just one season. Here are the top four players.

For this list, there are a few rules. The player listed has to have played just one season with the team. The four players chosen played just one season with the Chicago Blackhawks.

1. John Madden (2010)

Going into the 2009-10 season, the Blackhawks were coming off of a loss to the Red Wings in the western conference finals. They were just a few pieces away from being a serious contender for the Stanley Cup. With that being said, the team went out and acquired Marian HossaTomas Kopecky, and John Madden.

Of those three names, Madden was the only player that would stay there for just one season.

During the 2009-10 season, Madden played in 73 of the team’s 82 games. He scored 10 goals and had 13 assists for 23 points.

He wasn’t the best offensive player, but he fit the role the Blackhawks needed out of him. Madden at that time was 36 years old. He was a 10 year veteran in the NHL and a two-time Stanley Cup winner. For the young Blackhawks, they needed veteran players who knew what it took to get to the next level.

Jonathan Toews had a strong connection with Madden during their one season together. Madden took the young captain under his wing and helped mature him as an NHL player. He also did a lot of things that went unnoticed to the casual fan.

Madden would block shots, win faceoffs, kill penalties, and was a leader in the young locker room. He added that factor extra motivation the team needed.

In the playoffs, Madden only put up two points during their Stanley Cup run. During the playoffs though, the depth forward won 51.1% of his faceoffs. He went out and killed penalties and blocked 18 shots throughout the 22 games.

Even though he only put up 25 points overall with the Blackhawks, he was a key player in the 2010 Stanley Cup run.