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Three Blackhawks Rookies That Are Early Picks For The Calder Trophy

Kevin Lankinen #32, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Lankinen #32, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Pius Suter #24, Chicago Blackhawks
Pius Suter #24, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

2. Pius Suter

Pius Suter is not a true rookie. At the age of 24, he already does have a lot of experience in the KHL. The amazing thing about Suter is he has quickly grown his role in the Blackhawks lineup. With six goals and four assists, Suter is playing on the top line along with Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane.

The Blackhawks are a better team with Suter in the lineup. When the ‘Hawks announced that Toews and Dach would be missing time this season, the search for the team’s top centermen was wide open. After 15 games though, Suter has taken over the role.

Centering a line of players like Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane is not easy. Those to snipers will easily find open ice for goals, but they need someone to drive up the middle of the ice and cause some havoc.

The amazing thing about Suter is the fact that out of all the shots he takes, 78.2 percent are actually on the net. That is second-best on the team for players that have played more than one game.

Suter’s six goals are the most out of all rookies this season. It is only a matter of time before that total gets even larger. Maybe the ‘Hawks have another Dominik Kubalik on their hands in Suter.

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