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Five Blackhawks rookies that are leading the charge for Chicago

By Jimmy Lynch
Kevin Lankinen #32, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Lankinen #32, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Pius Suter #24, Chicago Blackhawks
Pius Suter #24, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Pius Suter

Five goals and three assists through the first 14 games of his career. Pius Suter is breaking into the NHL nicely. Suter has not stopped being a threat in the offensive zone since registering a hat trick against the Detroit Redwings.

Pius Suter is proving just how prolific of an offensive mind he can be for the Blackhawks. Similar to Dominik Kubalik last season, Suter is on a hot streak in the offensive zone, and whenever his stick touches the puck it seems to be ending up in the back of the net most of the time.

Chicago is short-handed down the middle this season with notable players being out long term, and Suter has raised to the occasion to take some faceoffs. The only other player that has really risen just as much is next on this list.

Philipp Kurashev

Without the great play of players like Philipp Kurashev this season would be a lot worse. Kurashev has broken into the NHL and is making it his own as he already has four goals and three assists this season.

Kurashev is a year removed from playing in Rockford and now finds himself on a line with Patrick Kane. While Kane does make things easier on the players around him, Kurashev’s success is in large part thanks to himself and his wicked shot – just check out what he did during the Dallas trip earlier this week.

Hopefully, his next shot will go a little closer towards the net. The amazing thing about these two Blackhawks rookies above is that they are competing against each other right now for the most goals by a rookie this season. Suter leads the rookies in goals with five but Kurashev is right behind him with four. Tim Stützle of the Ottawa Senators also has four as of now.

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