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Staff Predictions for the Chicago Blackhawks 2021-22 season

Jonathan Toews #19, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Jonathan Toews #19, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Who will lead the team in points?

Jeremy Riback: Patrick Kane. Another pretty obvious choice here but when you can consistently put up 80+ points, it is really hard not to choose him. Kane has been tremendous playing with Debrincat over the last few seasons, and adding Tyler Johnson to that line should only increase his production.

Justin Klawans: While DeBrincat should lead the Blackhawks in goals, I think that Patrick Kane will carry the team in points. He has been an offensive star for years and had the fifth most points in the NHL last year. Above that, he has perhaps the best stick handling abilities in the league, and makes no-look passes appear easy. There’s no reason to think he won’t be at the top of the team again.

Jimmy Lynch: I am going to break away from everyone else here. I think DeBrincat is going to outproduce even Kane this season. DeBrincat was so consistent last season and stepped up all over the ice, this year this is no doubt the team could start double shifting him on different lines and I think he is the clear pick to put up maybe 100 plus points.

Seth Stauffer: Patrick Kane. Who else would it be? He’s still among the league’s elite playmakers and should be one of the most important players for Chicago offensively. That probably won’t change this year, but DeBrincat may give him a run for his money.

Matt Kamholz: Patrick Kane, 105pts Despite still nursing the ailment he suffered the previous season, Patrick Kane is a bonafide superstar. Even with a lowly 15 goal season, Kane still added 51 assists, which would’ve put him around a 97pt pace over 82 games. I’d expect with an offseason to recover and a renewed hunger for the playoffs, Kane’s shooting percentage comes back to 10% which boosts him a few points, then add a few extra power-play feeds from Jonathan Toews and he’s comfortably back in the 100-pt club no questions.

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