If there is any player on the Blackhawks that is having a season to remember, it’s forward Alex DeBrincat.
DeBrincat has absolutely been on fire lately, a continuation of his stand-out campaign this year. While Patrick Kane (unsurprisingly) leads the team in points, DeBrincat has been finding the back of the net with absolute ease this season. That trend continued tonight, as he found a rebound off of the pad of Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier and fired it into the twine to give the ‘Hawks a 2-0 lead.
DeBrincat, who grew up in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills and was a Red Wings fan growing up, has ironically always played very well against his hometown team. His goal tonight gives him 22 tallies on the season, far and away the team leader in that category. Add to that 21 assists, and the Cat is sitting on 43 points in only 40 games played, and he looks primed to continue lighting the lamp.
He has definitely been one of the anchors of this team so far, and there is no reason to think that will change any time soon. While he isn’t having the 76-point season that he had in 2019, it is important to remember that this was a shortened season due to COVID-19. While there are only going to be 56 games played this year when all is said and done, the awkward schedule clearly hasn’t affected DeBrincat in the slightest.
If this season had been a regular 82-game campaign, who knows where his point totals would be at now. The young gun has turned into an absolute star for the Blackhawks, and I am excited to see him in a Chicago sweater for years to come.