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

Alex DeBrincat, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Alex DeBrincat, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Alex DeBrincat #12, Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks
Alex DeBrincat #12, Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Key 3: Build on the last season’s success

Now you might be thinking, “wait, if he wasn’t scoring, how was he succeeding?” During the playoffs, he was noticeably one of Chicago’s best players, even if he wasn’t scoring. At times he was all over the ice, backchecking, passing out of the zone, hustling on the forecheck, anything at all except scoring.

It’s hard to say if this was the result of the pressure being on, but when a bigger effort was needed, DeBrincat stepped up. If he can keep this kind of well-rounded approach going into next year he’ll have become a more complete player, and that’s only a good thing for Chicago, as long as the drop-off in scoring doesn’t become permanent.

His numbers were overall pretty good. It’s just the goals that appeared to be lacking. All DeBrincat has to do is keep the drive he showed against Vegas going into 2020-2021. If he manages to do that, everything else should even out for him.

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In an article from NBC by Charlie Roumeliotis, DeBrincat said that this year was something to learn from.

"“You can still do a lot of things without scoring goals and a lot of good things to help your team win,” DeBrincat said. “It was a good learning thing for me to go through and hopefully it makes me a better player down the road.”"

This is a positive sentiment, and it’s good that rather than getting down on himself he’s going to just get ready to have a better season 2020-2021. He certainly did those other things to help his team, and the goals will come. If he can make even a small adjustment to his game, and bump his shooting % up, even just a few points the season could look a lot different for him, and who knows, maybe he helps the Blackhawks win a few close ones next year.