Five Overlooked Chicago Blackhawks From Recent Championships

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John Madden #11, Chicago Blackhawks
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3 John Madden

John Madden spent just one year with the Chicago Blackhawks, similar to Brad Richards. Madden was towards the end of his career and was looking for just one more cup before hanging up the skates.

Madden had won the Selke Trophy before in his career and helped provide experience and depth on the first Blackhawks championship. With how inexperienced that first championship was with young players, it is important to remember players like Madden for what they brought to the group: experience.

While Madden only scored one goal during the 2010 playoff run, he was above 50 percent in the faceoff dot and helped the team in their own end. While Antti Niemi did have a great playoff run with Chicago, it wouldn’t have been as good for the team if it wasn’t for players like Madden doing their best defensively.

Looking back on it now, it is definitely prevalent that a young Jonathan Toews benefitted from playing with a player like John Madden in 2010. While Toews was already on his way to winning his first Stanley Cup and capturing the Conn Smythe trophy along the way, having someone like Madden around definitely is helpful.