3 players who were the Chicago Blackhawks' biggest surprises this season

These players exceeded expectations on the Blackhawks roster
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Alex Vlasic

After spending the entirety of last season with the IceHogs, Vlasic has been exceptional in his first full season in the NHL.

The six-foot, six-inch defenseman oftentimes finds himself playing on the top defensive pair alongside Seth Jones, usually against the opposing team's top players. Vlasic's matchups have not been easy ones, but he handles each one like a professional and with great poise.

Vlasic's size has always been a large component in his game, and being able to use that size effectively at the NHL would be key in his development. He has done exactly that, using his frame and long reach to keep opposing players on the outside.

Vlasic's mobility is also very strong for a player of his size and it keeps improving. Not being afraid to jump into the play on offense, Vlasic has joined the rush once again using his size to shield away defenders.

Vlasic's play this season has not gone unnoticed, as many have begun speculating what his next contract is going to look like. His rookie contract expires this summer and could definitely sign a long term deal to keep him with his home-town team. The Wilmette, Illinois, native has risen so far up the depth chart this season and is now the team's best defenseman on the left side.