Blackhawks: Ten storylines to watch throughout the season

By Jimmy Lynch
Alex DeBrincat #12, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Alex DeBrincat #12, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Jake McCabe #29, Chicago Blackhawks
Jake McCabe #29, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

7. McCabe’s Introduction

Jake McCabe has not had the best start to his career with the Buffalo Sabres. McCabe has spent his entire career thus far with the Buffalo Sabres so he has never been to the postseason and has not played very fun hockey.

Now he finds himself on a new team for the foreseeable future after signing a four-year deal with the Blackhawks. The decision by the team is smart as now they have three good defensemen locked in for at least the next four seasons.

How McCabe plays and whether or not he can be that true number three or number four defenseman will determine a lot for the team when it comes to actually being a contender. Two years ago in 66 games, McCabe had over 90 hits and blocked shots. Can he repeat that kind of dominance on the back end in Chicago? Hopefully so as the team now has a great shutdown unit in McCabe and Murphy.