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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Alex DeBrincat, Chicago Blackhawks
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Alex DeBrincat

Alex DeBrincat is another player that would have flourished with Artemi Panarin playing next to him. When DeBrincat started with the team, he was a center. He has since taken the role-playing as the left winger on lines with many different forwards in Chicago.

In 2018-19, DeBrincat scored 41 goals, which had him second on the team behind Patrick Kane. He was building off of a successful rookie season, where he had 28 goals with 24 assists for 52 points.

Coming into this season, DeBrincat signed a three-year extension worth over $6M. He hasn’t produced the same amount of success on offense, with just 18 goals, but that doesn’t discount how well he’s played so far in his young career.

In 234 career games, DeBrincat has scored 87 goals with 86 assists for 173 points. The success he’s had in the league so far proves that he could be a huge part of the future of this team. He could even be team captain when Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane retire.

It’ll come down to his grit and Stan Bowman not trading him. Bowman hit a home run when drafting DeBrincat.

Next season, I am expecting a turnaround, where he scored 25-plus goals. Just re-sign Dylan Strome and keep them playing together. That is when they’re both the most successful.