This is not the same Chicago Blackhawks team we used to watch during their Stanley Cup runs. That core group of Toews, Kane, Keith, Hjalmarsson, Seabrook, Sharp, and Hossa includes more names that are out of the league than currently playing.
All those players brought so much to the Blackhawks and will always be fan favorites, but moving into the future what is the core group going to look like? Today let’s take a look at who makes up that next generation of Blackhawks greats.
The future core of the Chicago Blackhawks will include…
DeBrincat is going to be the face of the Chicago Blackhawks someday. He is a great offensive NHL player that can score a lot of goals. If DeBrincat stays on pace he will be one of the all-time Blackhawks greats and could be the captain of the team one day. This season showed how great he can be, not just with the puck but on defense.
DeBrincat is signed through the 2022-23 season at 6.4 million. The team will be able to give him a pay raise when his contract is up.
Patrick Kane still has a lot of hockey in him. I included him in the core group because I feel as though he is not going to be playing a supportive role in the future. Kane is still a leading player on this team and will be among the top ten in points for years to come. Hopefully, this new core will be able to get him another Stanley Cup.
Connor Murphy is the best defensive defenseman on the roster. He is this teams Niklas Hjalmarsson. While he did have some iffy games this past season, he was a leader on the ice and helped make the Blackhawks a better team. The 28-year-old is signed through next season and I hope he gets his long-term contract with the Blackhawks.
So these are who I believe will make up the top three of the future core, but there are still more players that will be involved.