8 players who should not be back with the Chicago Blackhawks next season

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chicago Blackhawks finished with the second-worst record in the NHL. That is to be expected in the early stages of a massive rebuild.

The season was not all bad.

Connor Bedard will win the Calder Trophy. Philipp Kurashev emerged as a top-six player. Jason Dickinson had a career season. Alex Vlasic established himself as a top-pair-worthy defenseman in his first full NHL season.

Kevin Korchinski gained valuable NHL experience in his first fulltime season too. He was not even supposed to be in the NHL after his nine game tryout with the Hawks.

Petr Mrazek avoided IR and played well in goal. Nick Foligno emerged as the leader to replace long time captain Jonathan Toews.

The Hawks will head into the offseason with a chance to continue to add prospects with seven picks in the NHL Entry Draft's first three rounds. They can also add some veteran talent via trades with cap-strapped teams needing to offload salary based on the abundance of cap space the club has. Taylor Hall will be back after missing most of the season with a knee injury.

Things are looking up for the Hawks and maybe with a few shrewd moves, the team can compete for a wild card spot next season.

At the very least, hopefully, we can stop looking at Tankathon.com all the time. It also means the Chicago Blackhawks will likely part with eight players in the offseason.

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