3 former Chicago Blackhawks players that would be nice to have back

It would be great to have Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, or Dylan Strome back.

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They say you do not know what you got until it is gone and there are a couple of former star players you would love to see back on the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Hawks are currently dead last in the NHL. A big reason for that is injuries have decimated the roster. This was a roster that was not that very talented to start with. Now injuries have forced AHL regulars to be on the ice. That has made winning nearly impossible.

A rare victory happens if Connor Bedard scores along with getting offense from the third line and goalie Petr Mrazek standing on his head. The second line has barely produced any offense. Lukas Reichel has failed to be a front-line talent like his potential promises he can be.

It would be nice to see better talent around Bedard. That day is hopefully coming. Being the worst team in hockey can cause the heart to grow fond for some former players to still be with the Chicago Blackhawks.

This is not to say that the Blackhawks made a mistake by trading away the players listed below or letting them walk in free agency. The Hawks are going through a massive rebuild so terrible seasons are bound to happen.

Still, it would be great if these three players were still skating for the Hawks.

Alex DeBrincat

It made sense for general manager Kyle Davidson to trade DeBrincat during the 2022 offseason. It makes seeing DeBrincat scoring goals for another team more palatable now that we know Kevin Korchinski is going to be the next great Hawks defenseman.

Korchinski was the player Davidson took with the first-round pick he got back when he sent DeBrincat to Ottawa. The trade has worked out in the Blackhawks' favor after the Senators had to trade Alex this past offseason after he was not inclined to re-sign with them. Plus, the Blackhawks got a better return for DeBrincat than the Senators did.

Despite having Korchinski in the fold, it would be nice to see DeBrincat skating with Bedard. Imagine the scoring those two would do being on the same line.

Patrick Kane

Kane no longer wanted to be a part of a rebuild. It was why Davidson traded the best player in franchise history to the New York Rangers before last season's trade deadline.

Davidson also indicated the franchise had closed the door on the Kane and Jonathan Toews era. Davidson wanted to give Bedard a clean slate to develop into a leader and superstar much like Kane was afforded early in his career.

At the same time, it might not have been wise to completely shut the door on bringing back Kane to mentor Bedard. First, Kane admitted he would not have been opposed to the idea. Second, he would have returned on a discount as he was only getting a one-year deal after needing to recover from offseason hip surgery.

Dylan Strome

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You would not be wrong to want Artemi Panarin back in a Blackhawks sweater. Except Panarin is 32 while making salary-cap-clogging money.

It would not be bad to have Teuvo Teravainen back either. He is 29 while Strome is 26. Strome has had better offensive production than Teuvo over the past three seasons.

Strome has his weaknesses, but could you imagine the goals he would score skating with Bedard?

A consistent scoring option to pair with Bedard has been sorely lacking this season, especially with Taylor Hall out for the season. That is why it would be nice to have one of these three former players back.