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Chicago Blackhawks: Handing out 2021 player awards

Dominik Kubalik #8, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Dominik Kubalik #8, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Dominik Kubalik #8, Chicago Blackhawks
Dominik Kubalik #8, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

The Chicago Blackhawks 2020-21 season was filled with ups and downs.

After a rough start, the Chicago Blackhawks looked like they could be in the playoff picture, but then things took a drastic turn for the worse. Despite finishing on the outside looking in for the playoffs, hockey in Chicago means we have some players that deserve some honor.

We recently highlighted our predictions we had before the season and some of them were right and some were just wrong. But at the end of the day, everything is more obvious looking back at it. So today I want to talk about some of the most improved, reliable, and most talked-about Blackhawks the team has.

Most improved: Kevin Lankinen

Before this season Kevin Lankinen had never played a game in the NHL. So when it comes to players improving from one year to the next the biggest star has to be Kevin Lankinen.

Lankinen was with the Blackhawks last season in the bubble in Edmonton. He watched the games from the stands and did not get a chance to hit the ice with the team, but he was there watching and learning. Now with another off-season to improve his game who knows how many more games he can win.

While the Blackhawks netminder did not end on the best of notes, this season was a win for him, and the Blackhawks as the team would have been out of the playoff hunt a lot sooner if not for him.

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