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Chicago Blackhawks: 3 keys to success for Calvin de Haan

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Calvin de Haan #44, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Calvin de Haan #44, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Calvin de Haan #44, Chicago Blackhawks
Calvin de Haan #44, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /

Regardless of how it played out, last season was all over the map for the Blackhawks’ defensemen Calvin de Haan.

He found himself on a new team, was injured, apparently for the season, and then managed to come back for the post-season. It was a pretty bizarre series of events, but Calvin de Haan handled it extremely well.

After being acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks, de Haan seemed to have found a new home after being cut loose by Carolina. This was great news for Chicago that desperately needed defensive upgrades, but unfortunately for de Haan he ended up with what appeared to be a season-ending injury. Who knew there would be hockey over the summer? In the brief appearance he had, de Haan did the best he could.

His stats aren’t great relative to his season last year with Carolina, but that probably reflects the different situations each team is currently in. Just from watching the games, it was fairly obvious that de Haan was playing very well when healthy, and it didn’t really matter who he was paired with.

The possession metrics don’t look fantastic though.

What these numbers also show though is that there is room for improvement, not just for the team, but for de Haan as well. In order to build on last season with Chicago, what does de Haan need to do to improve or 2020-2021?

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