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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Game Changers during 2010s

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During the 2010s, the Chicago Blackhawks filtered through players but kept the same five game-changers around for multiple Stanley Cups.

Since 2009-10, the Chicago Blackhawks have been a top team in the NHL, minus the last three seasons of course. Stan Bowman has filtered through many players since taking over as general manager, but a certain few players always stuck around.

There’s credit that could go around to every player who wore a Red sweater in Chicago for even one season. Some key mentions that won’t be on this list are Antoine Vermette, Brad Richards, Artemi Panarin, Brandon Saad, Ray Emery, and Brent Seabrook.

Vermette had a crucial role in the 2015 playoffs after being traded to Chicago. He found no success in 19 regular-season games but was a game-changer in the playoffs. In the playoffs, he scored four times, with one of them being a game-winning goal against Anaheim to tie the series.

Richards also played a key role in 2015, alongside adding great depth behind Jonathan Toews. In the regular season, Richards played in 76 games, scoring 12 goals with 25 assists for 37 points.

In the playoffs, Richards had three goals and 11 assists for 14 points, with one of those assists coming on Kane’s goal to clinch the Stanley Cup.

Everyone knows how well Panarin preformed, helping Kane to the second-best season of his career and helping the team become the number one seed in the 2017 playoffs. Of course, we all know how that season ended up. Before being traded, Panarin was one of the best players on the Blackhawks. Now, Panarin is one of the best players in the entire league, being paid more than Kane and Toews.

Saad has had some great moments with the team, especially during his first run, where the Blackhawks won three Stanley Cups. His second run with the team (2017-present) has been subpar, to say the least. If he would have come back and helped them to the playoffs in 2017-18, he might have made this list.

Emery had an outstanding 2013 season, losing just one game. He was a huge reason the Blackhawks won 21 out of their first 24 games to start the 2013 shortened season. If this list were to be longer, he might have made the cut.

Lastly, Seabrook just missed the list. He was a solid player, nicknamed Mr. Overtime, and being a very clutch player in his prime. Two of his biggest moments have to be his overtime game-winning goals again the Red Wings and the Bruins in the 2013 playoffs.

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