The Chicago Blackhawks have a number of American-born players on their roster.
This past season was one of trial and error for the Chicago Blackhawks as they tried to introduce some new players into their lineup. It was a season filled with newcomers, and that is true for American-born players on the team.
The Blackhawks added four new players that are from the United States, and today being the fourth of July let’s highlight them and talk a little about where they can be next season.
The NHL off-season is just a few days away if the Tampa Bay Lightning can complete the sweep against the Montreal Canadiens, and if that is the case then the entire league will be moving onto different things. Hopefully for the Blackhawks that will mean giving out a contract to one of the players on this list.
Patrick Kane is the best American-born player in the entire NHL. He will go down in history as one of the best, and I hope he finishes out his career in Chicago with the Blackhawks, the team that drafted him.
Alex DeBrincat is going to be a Chicago Blackhawk for a long time. His current contract will conclude after the 2022-23 season and I hope the team decides to offer him an extension early. DeBrincat is coming off arguably his best season in the NHL and now is the time for him to have a playoff push.
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Overall, I think Connor Murphy is the best defenseman on the Blackhawks. Yes, that probably doesn’t say much, but if the team does make some changes and improve the blueline I think Murphy can be a great pick to be a number three guy on this team. He can play a shutdown role on this roster.
Ryan Carpenter has always done his job with this team. Carpenter is now entering the final year of his 1 million dollar contract he signed with the team a few years ago, and I hope the team re-signs him to a similar deal when this one is up. Even if Carpenter is not in the lineup every night is a fine piece to this team.
Vinnie Hinostroza is a free agent once again. After not playing well in Florida with the Panthers and failing to really be on the roster, Hinostroza found a spot in Chicago. I think both he and the Blackhawks will work together to get an extension done. Hinostroza played great with the team and is from here so there is an incentive on both sides to get it done.
Mike Hardman had an excellent little audition to the Blackhawks when he played in eight games to end the season putting up a goal and two assists during that time. Hardman has some potential to be a nice fourth-liner in the NHL.
Adam Gaudette was a great trade deadline acquisition by the Blackhawks, and if he is given a contract extension I am excited to see what he can do in the future. Gaudette definitely has the potential to be a good third-line player.
Alec Regula is the youngest player on this list. The 20-year-old played in three games this last season on the defense. The biggest issue with Regula is there are a handful of other defensemen ahead of him on the depth chart.
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Next season maybe we could see Seth Jones added to the list of American Born players! Enjoy the fourth of July to all the readers out there in the United States.