Injuries weakened the 2020-21 Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks bench was like a revolving door this past season. So many players were in and out of the lineup with injuries.
Today I want to highlight some of the players that missed some time due to injuries. While we discuss the players let’s all remember that despite some big-name players being on this list the team still managed to compete for a playoff spot a lot longer than a lot of us expected for the franchise.
Okay, let’s dive in with the complete list of Blackhawks that missed time this season.
All four of these guys missed the entire season with their respective injuries. For the case of Seabrook, his career is now complete and he will be on LTIR for the rest of his contract, hopefully, which will be traded in the near future.
Toews and Nylander hopefully will be back better than ever next season. Smith on the other hand will now be without a contract as his deal expires this off-season.
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Andrew Shaw is done as well, similar to Seabrook his contract will be on LTIR for the rest of next season and then it will be complete. Shaw had a lot of concussion issues and walking away while he is still young stinks to see, but it is the best move for his health.
Dach missed the majority of the season with a wrist injury. He did manage to get into the lineup but the end of March but that might have been a bit of a rush as he ended up hurting it a little more and missed the remainder of the season after 18 games.
Calvin de Haan
Calvin de Haan had a few different injuries this past season from a hand issue to a hip injury. He ended up missing 12 games on the year.
Boqvist missed time from a concussion, a wrist injury (which ended his season), and the COVID protocol list. All things considered, he still did have a great season and I cannot wait to see what he can do next year back healthy.
Murphy missed six games this past season with a hip injury as well. Murphy did make some costly errors this season, but overall I think it was a great year for the defenseman, and I cannot wait to see where he is at next season.
Dylan Strome, Brandon Hagel, Brett Connolly, and Duncan Keith all suffered concussions this past season. Hagel and Strome battled back into the lineup, while Keith and Connolly ended the season with them. Hopefully, everyone will be back next season okay!
In a season filled with COVID-19 outbreaks across the league, the Blackhawks were pretty lucky to not have that many issues there. Different guys missed a week or so due to exposures, but overall this lineup was pretty much ready to go.
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Injuries can really end a season for different teams in the league. Despite missing some pretty important guys this team rose to the occasion and managed to win some big games. Hopefully, the group will be healthy and ready to go next season!