After playing in the playoffs for the first time, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy had this to say about the 2019-20 season.
Connor Murphy had a career-high season on offense with 19-points (5G, 14A). Though those numbers don’t look large, Murphy played 58 of the team’s 70-games. Plus, he added a career-high in points in 58-games with the Chicago Blackhawks, the second least he’s played in his career (52).
Since coming to Chicago, Murphy has played in 186-games, where he has 46-points (12G, 34A). He’s gotten better as his career has gone on, and he has become a key piece to the Hawks blue line.
At 27, there’s still a lot of hockey to be played out of Murphy. I believe Murphy’s best days are ahead of him, especially with his focus on taking a larger leadership role in the locker room.
The playoff experience for players like Murphy is key for the future success of the Hawks. They’ll have a team of returning players who have now played in two playoff series. They’ll have a coach who has been in playoff situations. They’ll just have to work harder to make the playoffs as a top-8 seed, not that 12th seed.
During the playoffs, Murphy played in all 9-games, adding 4-assists.
Improvements are there and expect a hard-working offseason for these guys. Losing in the playoffs sucks. Chicago has a team that can win a few rounds in the playoffs and make things interesting. They just have to get in.