Chicago Blackhawks: Alex DeBrincat 3 keys to success for 2020-2021

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Key 2: Consistent lines

This one is actually on the coaching staff, but DeBrincat needs to keep regular linemates. It really doesn’t matter what line it is, but just put him on a line, preferably with Dyan Strome (who is going to actually sign a deal with Chicago at some point, right?), and leave him there. There were stretches where DeBrincat was playing on different lines with different people, and this went on all season long.

He played alongside, Toews, Dach, and Strome at various points throughout the year. He was playing opposite different wingers and seemed to even be expected to change up his role and play a bit differently when the lines were jumbled.

This lack of consistency almost certainly led to problems, as much as the changes were expected to help him. It’s normal to see a coach shake up his lines to try and get players producing again, much like the situation DeBrincat found himself in this year. There is a point where it’s counter-productive though.

It’s obvious he has better chemistry with some players than others, and in particular Dylan Strome. The two play well together, and Colliton needs to make sure that he keeps this in mind for the next season. As much as players need a shake-up now and then to get going, they need consistency. There’s no need for temporary changes to become permanent, and it only seems that we can expect DeBrincat to line back up alongside Strome once things get going again.