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Five Chicago Blackhawks to keep an eye on next season

Chicago Blackhawks, Alexander Nylander Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago Blackhawks, Alexander Nylander Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Alexander Nylander, Chicago Blackhawks
Alexander Nylander, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Alexander Nylander

Alexander Nylander put up 26 points last season in 65 games for the Chicago Blackhawks. Considering before this season, the most he had ever played in a single season was 12 games, that is not bad.

Nylander really is not a rookie anymore. While he hasn’t played that many NHL games, his draft was four years ago in 2016, the same as Alex DeBrincat. Nylander will get another look at this new season in Chicago, even though many fans would prefer to see him off of this team.

Nylander is the prime example of the young forwards Bowman has said to be looking for moving forward. He has skill as a former eighth overall draft pick, and hopefully, Nylander can provide the depth this roster needs.

I think it will be interesting to watch where Chicago decides to play Nylander next season. Assuming he is in the NHL, Nylander could be a prime candidate to play on any line for this team. He spent time with Toews last year, but he also spent time on the third and fourth lines. Maybe playing Nylander with a player like Kirby Dach will make him the best he can be with another young forward.

Either way, keep your eye on Alexander Nylander next season. Assuming he can come back better than he was this season, Stan Bowman could be on his way to making this trade look like a steal as Chicago could definitely use a player like Nylander when he is at his best.

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