Blackhawks: 5 Best Players During 2010s to not win a Stanley Cup

Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Connor Murphy, Chicago Blackhawks
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Connor Murphy

Connor Murphy has played with the Blackhawks for the last three seasons. He was the replacement for Niklas Hjalmarsson, which wasn’t a bad trade-off. Murphy is 27, while Hjalmarsson is 32. There is more hockey left to be played from Murphy.

Murphy has become a solid player for the Blackhawks. He is one of, if not the best defensemen on the roster to not win a Stanley Cup during the 2010s. He has been a consistent star on defense since joining the team in 2017-18.

In 186 games with Chicago, Murphy has scored 12 goals with 34 assists for a total of 46 points. He has a plus/minus of plus 11, which is pretty good, considering how many goalies he’s had to defend for.

Even though we all miss Hjalmarsson, this turned out to be a solid trade for the Blackhawks. Murphy has proved that he’s worth every penny he is being paid.

Murphy is under contract for the next two seasons. Hopefully, he’ll see some playoff hockey in Chicago before he signs his next contract. In the next few seasons, I would love to see him lift the Stanley Cup, along with other young stars like Kirby Dach, Adam Boqvist, and Ian Mitchell.