Blackhawks: Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat deserve another chance
By Jimmy Lynch
The Chicago Blackhawks have two young talented players on their team that struggled tremendously last season. While Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat were not the best in 2019-20, I still believe they deserve another chance.
At the age of 21 years, old Alex DeBrincat put up 41 goals and had 35 assists to put up a career-best 76 points. His rookie season was not bad either as he put up 52 points in all 82 games in 2017-18. Alex DeBrincat has not missed a game yet in his career, and in my eyes, he is going to be a big piece of our team, he just needs the right linemates.
Dylan Strome might not have played the best hockey of his career this season and postseason, but in my eyes, he is still a big part of this team. I hope that Dylan Strome is willing to sign a team-friendly contract for next season to prove that he is a top-six forward. Strome might be on an expiring contract on a team that does not have a lot of cap space, but his postseason run and season should decrease the amount of money he is going to sign for.
The Blackhawks might be able to get Strome to sign a one or two million dollar contract to see what he is made of next season. If I were the Blackhawks I would try and do everything in my power to keep Strome and DeBrincat together in Chicago.
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DeBrincat is better when he plays with Dylan Strome. While he did not have a great season a big reason for his decline was he did not get that many opportunities, and he was not playing with Dylan Strome as often. The two were broken up a lot and often found themselves in the bottom six.
While I know that the bad play of Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat does fall on their own shoulders, I think part of the blame should go to Jeremy Colliton who separated these two up and never seemed to have the players on the right lines.
I want to see the Blackhawks back better than ever next season. I want to see them build off of the momentum the ‘Hawks had in the qualifying round, and a big way the Blackhawks are going to do that is with Strome and DeBricant together!