3 players that were the biggest disappointment for the Chicago Blackhawks this season

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The Chicago Blackhawks finished with the second-worst record in the NHL.

It was not all bad. Connor Bedard lived up to the hype and all that is left for him is to be officially named the winner of the Calder Trophy.

Jason Dickinson had a career season. Philipp Kurashev emerged as a top-six forward. Goalie Petr Mrazek avoided a stint on injured reserve and had a brilliant season relative to the talent in front of him.

Alex Vlasic showed he can be a top-pair defenseman. Rookie Kevin Korchinski got valuable NHL experience after it was expected he would play most of the year in the juniors. Nick Foligno emerged as the team leader despite not officially being the captain.

Still, the season had plenty of bad. The team did not win three games in a row. They were terrible on the road. Injuries ravaged this team to the point that their organizational depth was exposed.

Three players were a major disappointment this season...

Arvid Soderblom

Soderblom should have established himself as the Hawks' long-term No. 1 goalie. Instead, he was the worst goalie among any netminder who played more than 30 games.

He had the worst goals-against average at 3.92 and a save percentage of .872%. He also had the worst goals saved above expected at -18.2.

Soderblom won just five games and had 15 games where he gave up four goals or more. He failed so spectacularly that the Hawks gave Mrazek a two-year contract extension to be a bridge starter until prospect Drew Commesso is ready.

Now it is legit to wonder if Soderblom should even be considered for the backup goaltender position next season. Arvid still has a year left on his deal, but he might have more value being sent to Europe like the franchise did all those years ago with Cristobal Huet.

Lukas Reichel

Reichel was once one of the organization's top prospects until Connor Bedard showed up. Then Reichel played like a forgotten prospect. The hope was he would develop as the second-line center. Instead, he struggled so badly that he was then demoted to the fourth line and bounced up and down the lines until he was demoted to Rockford in February.

He had three goals and seven assists when he was sent down to the AHL. Reichel came back in March and played better.

It should be enough to avoid getting non-tendered. Also, he is back in Rockford to help the IceHogs in their Calder Cup playoff run. Hopefully, the experience will help him finish strong so he can go into next season's camp strong.

Taylor Raddysh

Raddysh showed he could be a future piece last season with 20 goals and 17 assists. He followed up all that promise with failure as he scored just five goals and nine assists.

His play was so poor that you have to rule the Blackhawks the losers in the Brandon Hagel deal. Well, at least when it comes to the players exchanged in the deal.

The Hawks should non-tender Raddysh in the offseason as they have plenty of options to replace him.