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Blackhawks: Ten Thoughts After Ten Games In The 2021-22 Season

Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Seth Jones #4, Marc-Andre Fleury #29, Chicago Blackhawks
Seth Jones #4, Marc-Andre Fleury #29, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

1. Seth Jones has a lot of time to be the top guy.

Seth Jones has not been the Blackhawks’ best player by any means. He has had some bad plays in his defensive zone, but overall he does have eight points with the team offensively and is playing 23:35 minutes a night.

There are some positives for the Blackhawks. They have a top offensive defenseman on their blueline, who also happens to be a big guy who has proven to be an elite player in the past. Chicago has Jones under contract for a heck of a lot more games. To jump to conclusions after the first ten might be a bit too drastic.

2. Alex DeBrincat is the real deal

Up until Patrick Kane’s electric performance last night, DeBrincat was leading the team in goals with four. Not many people have been great for the Blackhawks, as that is expected with a big losing streak. But DeBrincat definitely has not been the problem for the team.

I think we are in for a big month from DeBrincat during the next ten games, and I think his play now and the way he has been talking after the games is proving that he is the next face of the franchise and captain after Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are off of this team.

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