Key 1: Regain that scoring touch
Whatever off-season activities DeBrincat puts himself through to prepare for his next campaign, he needs to maybe spend some time on target practice. It seems absurd to say, but he can do better than he did in 2019-2020, and to put it bluntly, he needs to score more.
The year he was picked at #39 by Chicago, the team didn’t even have a 1st round pick. DeBrincat was their first-rounder, and it was his ability to score that made him a player the team was interested in. His ability to get the puck to net is amazing and probably as good as anyone on Chicago’s roster. Unfortunately, his production was down during this last season. This is a problem for the team because the one thing Chicago needs from him more than anything is point production.
If you look at his stats over the years, his S% (Shooting percentage) tells the story of his season. Starting back in 2017-2018, his S% was 15.5%, in 2018-2019 his S% was 18.6%, and then in 2019-2020 his S% dropped to 8.7%. Without really digging into any other numbers, this really makes the point that his scoring touch left him a bit this year. Considering the difference between this year and previous years, it seems reasonable to think that he’ll regain his touch.
The term “role-players” is often used for players in the bottom half of the line-up, but DeBrincat’s role is to score, no matter what line ends up playing on. He’s worth $6,400,000 against the team’s salary cap, and so the organization is committing a fair amount of money to him. It’s expected he produce on the scoresheet, but the new season will hopefully lead to a correction in his shooting statistics.